WITH the arts and entertainment sector in a holding pattern on the Border, work goes on behind the scenes for when live shows return to the stage.
North East-based swing veteran Ivan Gellie said the global pandemic had tested the sector like never before.
Gellie is now fine-tuning a program for a big band spring concert in Wodonga.
"I have half of the band and vocalists living in NSW and the other half of the band and vocalists living in Victoria," he said.
"We have Plans B, C and D should restrictions lift in Victoria but not in NSW."
The IG Big Band is scheduled to perform at The Cube Wodonga on Sunday, October 10.
Gellie said he had put together a quality program of swing and jazz rock for his 10th annual concert at The Cube.
He said a 20-piece band and six vocalists would team up to deliver 24 pieces across the musical genres.
"We're mixing it up with some newer music and some music that has never been done at The Cube before," Gellie said.
"Five numbers are a blend of rock, which is what the younger ones want."
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Gellie said four musical pieces had been arranged by members of the band.
"We haven't done this since 2019," he said.
"Aside from having the band back together, the fact we're playing arrangements by four band members will be a highlight.
"There will also be a few other surprises in store from the start of the concert!"
Gellie said it was the best show he had put together at The Cube.
"We've made some changes to the program this time around based on audience feedback," Gellie said.
The October 10 show starts at 2pm.
Tickets are available online: thecubewodonga.com.au
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