Swing back in time to celebrate at UNE

Published 08 October 2013

photoThe University of New England is inviting Armidale residents on a trip down memory lane, to a time when the music sounded sweeter and ‘to swing’ was to show real class.

This year UNE marks 75 years since the inception of the New England University College as an outpost of Sydney University and the forerunner of UNE, and is hosting a gala dinner dance to coincide with Graduations for Alumni and all of the Armidale community to share in the celebrations.

The highly acclaimed Glen Miller and Andrews Sisters Tribute Band will set the scene while Armidale local Emma Hadfield, as one of the all-singing, all-dancing Andrews Sisters, will lead guests back in time to the first days of tertiary education in Armidale.

Complete with the livery of “Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces”, authentic badges and rank insignia of the band from late 1944, England, the 18-piece brass band is part of the world famous Queensland Pops Orchestra and itself, one of the most highly sought performance and swing bands in Australia today.

Emma graduated from the Qld Conservatorium in 2007 with a major in Piano Performance and continued post graduate studies on Pipe Organ Performance, which she now performs regularly at St Pauls Cathedral. She also teaches swing dancing, piano and pipe organ performance, is part of the Empire Swing Performance Troupe, is in a vocal sextet called Neapolitan Twist as well as more her feature roll, with the Queensland Pop Orchestra.

The 75th Anniversary Dinner Dance will be held on-campus at the Wright Centre from 6.30pm on Saturday, October 26. Guests are encouraged to dress in the style of the Swing era, while there will also be the opportunity to have your photograph taken in a car of the same vintage.

Tickets are $100 per person including beverages, with bookings available online at www.une.edu.au/celebrate75 or by phone on 02 6773 2870.