Warbirds over Wānaka musical entertainment announced

The United States Air Force Band of the Pacific will perform at the event for the first time.

Warbirds Over Wānaka International Airshow has confirmed that the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band will perform at the event for the first time in twenty years this Easter.

They will also be joined by the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific and new Wanaka singing group The Bombettes, as well as the Wānaka Ukulele Orchestra.

The RNZAF band is made up of part-time Air Force reservists, whose professions range from veterinarian nurses to bankers and graphic designers.

According to event manager Mandy Deans, they will deliver a wide-ranging programme of music at the airshow including marches, pop music, jazz and movie themes from the deck of a truck supplied by local sponsors Upper Clutha Transport.

The United States Air Force Band of the Pacific, which has performed in 36 countries, will travel to Wānaka from Hawaii to perform here for the very first time.

Another new addition to the Warbirds Over Wānaka entertainment line-up will be The Bombettes, a local all-female singing group formed by Wānaka singer and musical director Katrina Bristow to replace regular performers the Frankie Singers, who have now disbanded. 

“It’s been great fun getting the four of us together and working up an act which will hopefully continue the fine tradition started by the Frankies,” said Bristow.

Deans also confirmed that the Wānaka Ukulele Orchestra will return to the event for a second time, and will play both on the main stage and around the airfield over the weekend.


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