Leeton gets its groove on for the Outback Spectacular

The MIA got their grove on at Leeton’s Outback Spectacular over the weekend, with the entire event being hailed “the best one yet”. 

Workshops ran from November 10 and 12 and included band performances and music workshops from around the Shire's town and villages. 

Leeton Town Band President Steve Hill said the weekend had exceeded expectations. 

“It absolutely exceeded expectations,” he said.

Mr Hill said the highlight of the weekend was the mass band performance at the Roxy Community Theatre, feature around 150 performers on Saturday night. 

There’s something about that many musicians playing together, it’s just incredible. It adds so much power to the music.

Steve Hill, Leeton Town Band President

“There’s something about that many musicians playing together, it’s just incredible. It adds so much power to the music and the experience.” 

The Golden Kangaroos kept people entertained on Saturday, marching through the main street. 

On Sunday afternoon, Mountford Park was flooded with people as the Town Band joined forces with the local farmer’s market. Local children were treated to a make-your-own instrument workshop.

Leeton Town Band Musical Director Ruth Tait said that numbers were up from previous years.

“It went very smoothly. There was lot of new things happening,” she said.

“Our numbers were up at our main Roxy Concert by about 50 per cent…. Music just brings people together. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are.” 

The Outback Spectacular has been running for over eight years. 

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This year coincided with Remembrance Day and next year’s event will fall on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. 

Mrs Tait says minds are already buzzing with plans to make the event even bigger and better. 

“We’re already thinking about ways we can work in with the RSL to make this special,” she said. 

Mr Hill thanked the town for their ongoing support, both over the weekend and in the lead up to the event. 

“It’s a huge thank-you to the town for the encouragement we receive and the practical support,” he said. 

“We always have people approaching us asking what they can do to help. People are willing to lend a hand.”