Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 7, No. 3. May 3, 1944
It's a pity in a way that the R.N.Z. A.F. Band chose to have their Revue so near to Extrav., especially since the city has been craving for such flesh-and-blood entertainment for a long time, However, it was a good show, under the able guidance of Theo. Walters, well-known to swing fans. Prom the word go—announced unconventionally by a large explosion "to make sure that everyone is awake"—things went without scarcely a hitch. I say "scarcely" because we have yet to see the perfect show. May be Extrav, will fill that bill!
To begin with, the xylophonist, Eric Sundberg, deserves special praise. His items showed excellent technique, particularly his three-part playing. Then the Symphonic Swing suite was a gem; so good in fact that a sufferer from jazz-phobia had to admit that he enjoyed it thoroughly. The orchestra was a well-balanced combination which could hand it out both straight and lived, with Theo. and the boys going to town properly in "Swinging the Blues."
So much for the bouquets—now for a couple of brickbats, (a) It's just about time the Band realised that the Warsaw Concerto has had it. Keeble Thurkettle must be itching to give us something new for a change—his boredom was obvious. And (b) Ray Trewern was let down rather badly by the male choir. They should have sung either in harmony or in unison, not a mixture of both.
Anyway, all things considered, you Extrav-ites will have to fly high to beat the standard set in last week's Revue.