HE may not play an instrument himself, but Greg Marginson has music in his veins.
While he admits to being a teenager of the ‘70s, the newly-appointed Dubbo Jazz Festival co-ordinator grew up listening to the strains of post-war music of the ‘40s and ‘50s. In fact, his father, a president of the Victorian Jazz Archive, was also friends with musician Graeme Bell, one of the true greats of Australian jazz.
“My dad was incredibly involved in jazz,” he said. “After World War II, it was the music of the day.”
More than half a century later, the musical genre hasn’t lost any of its appeal. So when the Melbournian events co-ordinator had the opportunity to head one of Dubbo’s signature events, he seized the day.
“Back in October, the Jazz Club Committee all resigned at the same time,” Greg explained. “They had made it clear that (last year) would be their last one. Ross (Tighe) and his wife Judy had reached a point where they wanted to do something else.”
And while he has only been in the city for a year, Greg is already a member of the Dubbo Event Network and has a great deal of experience organising festivals in his professional life.
“I wanted to be involved, I wanted the festival to continue,” he said of the decision to put up his hand for the role.
With fellow committee members, secretary Bizzi Mason and treasurer Chris Stevens, Greg believes the festival has a new dynamic.
He sees the merging of experience and enthusiasm as a powerful combination.
“You have good grounding and knowledge of the festival and its history, but you need practical know-how too,” Greg said.
With the addition of conductor Steve Smith, musician James Laundon and marketing specialist Meryn Whalan, the new committee is on track for an exciting 2013 festival.
Expressions of interest are now open to interested musicians who are urged to apply before February 13. For more information, contact Greg on 0411 458 516.