The Manjimup Heritage Park was filled with jazz and swing enthusiasts as 160 people enjoyed a night of live big band music at the Sandra Donovan Sound Shell on Saturday night. The Manjimup Lions organised their annual Jazz in the Jarrah concert with Swing Shift Big Band coming from Perth and performing big band interpretations of both classic and modern favourites. Attendees were given the opportunity to donate to help raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and enjoy a snag sizzled by the Nannup Lions. Manjimup Lions president Paddy Pemberton said the event had half the attendance of the previous year’s turnout due to the weather on Saturday, both with the rain in the morning prior to the event and the low temperature on the night. “We were down from last year, because it was cold and had been raining all morning, so people thought it would be cancelled and didn’t come,” he said. Despite the less-than-optimal conditions, he said the event was considered a success due to the money donated and the reception of the band’s music. “We thought it was a great success, despite the decreased numbers and the cold weather,” he said. “The people who were there said it was lovely music, especially from the big band, and it had a great atmosphere.” Although a specific figure has not been clarified, Mr Pemberton said all money donated on the night would be going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. “There were quite a lot of people dropping off $50 notes into our cups, so there was definitely some generosity going on that night,” he said.