Music masters

We intended to stay for its 30-minute segment in a four-hour concert that was part of the Festival of Fremantle.

It had been organised by one of their members and well-known local men’s barber, now retired, Norm Wrightson. Norm and his brother ran one of Perth’s most popular dance bands in the 50s and 60s.

As well as a group of young people dressed in period costume who danced to the tunes of that era, the main feature during most of the four hours was an enthralling professional performance by a rarely seen big band comprising mainly 20 bald and grey-headed musicians.

The magnificent sound they produced was reminiscent of the Glenn Miller age when people who had mastery of their instruments produced real music ” a far cry from today when the only skill required is how to operate a computer.

It reminded me how much things have changed over recent decades and how the skills of those who provided such magnificent entertainment will ultimately be eroded by time. Our thanks to everyone involved in the concert, which resulted in us staying the whole four hours, not the 30 minutes originally planned.