In the early 1990’s Christchurch Council Arts Officer, the late Suzette Sulley, conceived the idea of a community concert. With the involvement of the leader of the local big band Adrian Dwyer, the concept of hosting a community concert on Christchurch Band stand was born.
In its formative years the event was part of Christchurch Regatta, sponsored by The Regent Centre, the audience comprising of a handful of people, and a dog . . . and dogs don’t like jazz.
But very rapidly the event outgrew the regatta, becoming what is today one of the largest events of its kind on the South Coast of England.