Mansong are ready to rock the Wide Bay

MANSONG are taking the Fraser Coast by storm, one note at a time.

The all-male group started out in 2012 with just six members and - with the help and guidance of professional musician and tutor Carol Sendall - the now 30-strong troupe are leaving audiences wanting more at city events, community functions and retirement villages around the region.

Now, the group of blokes who just love to sing, and laugh, are set to pump up the tempo once more, with dedicated training now taking place ahead of the Mansong Showcase performance to be held at the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday, August 13.

Member Graeme Sharpe said Ms Sendall, also known as the Mansong Machine, was committed to taking the troupe to higher levels, while having fun in the process.

"Ever keen to evolve and progress, Carol has set the bar a little higher for her boys, introducing new material and more complex arrangements, pushing boundaries and refreshing content in the process," Mr Sharpe said.

"While the audiences will hear some of the standards that have become Mansong staples, there will be surprises in store for all, with the more accomplished, perhaps braver souls rendering solo performances.

"For those willing to lose inhibition and transport themselves back to the music of several decades past, then attendance at the Mansong Showcase is mandatory."

Mansong meet each Monday night for practice at the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, from 6.30pm.

Mr Sharpe said no previous experience was necessary for anyone, of any age, who would like to join, as members are taught from scratch so they learn about breathing, posture, how to perform and sing in tune and harmony.

"Enthusiastic amateurs, ready and willing to reach their performance

potential by listening, learning and practising, make up the bulk of the group," he said.

Tickets for the Mansong Showcase will be available from the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, Charles St, Pialba from Friday, July 15.

Mansong Showcase

When: Saturday, August 13. First show: Doors open at 1pm for a 1.30pm start. Second show: Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start.

Where: Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, 22 Charles St, Pialba.

Cost: Pre Sale (from HBNC) $10, or $15 at the door.


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