Love of jazz for generations

ONE of the founding fathers of the Dubbo jazz scene, Geoff de la Lande was able to watch his grandson Robbie perform at Dubbo Public School on Thursday.

Robbie de la Lande, 11, who attends Beecroft Public School in Sydney, also plays the trombone like his grandfather and has been a member of the award-winning school stage band for four years.

On the way west to Dubbo, the school performed at Lapstone and Lawson public schools before a late morning performance under the covered learning area at Dubbo Public.

On Thursday afternoon the Beecroft students toured the Taronga Western Plains Zoo before heading back to Sydney with a performance at Zig Zag Public School yesterday.

The school has built a fine reputation with its band.

It was the only public primary school to play at the Manly Jazz Festival.

It has also won a gold medal at the North Sydney Band Festival.

Robbie's father Bob de la Lande, a former journalist at the Daily Liberal, said Robbie had wanted to follow in his grandfather's footsteps as a trombonist.

In fact Geoff, who no longer plays, gave Robbie his trombone - an instrument he got from America which is more than 100 years old.

Bob said his earliest childhood memories were of Geoff playing and dancing to traditional jazz.

"Robbie's grandpa is pretty proud Robbie is now playing the trombone too," Bob said.

Geoff de la Lande, Dr Stephen Jewell and Warwick Blowes founded the Dubbo Jazz Club Inc in 1990.

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