1985

The Down South Jazz Band, the Southern Swing Quartet (comprising Charlie Gibbons on trumpet, Freddy Thomas on piano, Don More on bass and John Cursley on drums), and other local musicians, continued to entertain on a regular basis at the Commercial Hotel, Top Pub, etc.

Frank Percy developed the format of an attractive newsletter which rivalled the best produced in the capital cities.

Membership dropped off from 182 to 140.

Microphones and a multichannel mixer were purchased. The piano from Bega Town Hall was acquired, its action renovated and located at the Hideaway Restaurant for jazz gigs. Speakers were purchased from Tom Baker.

A high number of imported bands was maintained, despite reduced attendances.

The following bands were engaged:

11thJanuary – Paul Furniss’ San Francisco J.B. – Bega RSL Auditorium.
13th January – Paul Furniss’ San Francisco J.B. – Eastern Jade Restaurant.
26th January – 1st Jazz Ball – New Harlem J.B. – Bega RSL Auditorium.
23rd March – Madam Pat and Rag Tag J.B. – Black Dolphin.
1st September – Black Mountain J.B. – Kameruka.
2nd November – Madam Pat and Rag Tag J.B. – Tathra Bowling Club.
16th November – Annual Jazz Ball – Jiri Kripac “Southern Odd Balls Banned” Twyford Hall.
24th November – Tom Baker and Swing Street Orchestra – Hideaway Restaurant.

President commented that the Annual Ball and Tom Baker functions were a great success, although only 30% of the audiences were Club members.