Sydney Music and Entertainment and Viva the Band

Viva the band, enjoys performing at venues throughout Sydney and usually perform for corporate or private functions such as “Moulin Rouge” themed party at Tumbalong Ballroom, “The Miss World Butterfly Ball” at Four Point by Sheraton at Darling Harbour and “Discovery After Dark” at the Australian Maritime Museum, The Sydney Royal Easter Show and the Manly Food and Wine Festival.

The band regularly perform at jazz festivals interstate and locally including: Gold Coast Jazz and blues Festival, Newcastle Jazz Festival, Morpeth Jazz Festival, Manly International Jazz Festival , Kiama Jazz and blues Festival, Illawarra Jazz Festival, Central Coast Jazz Leagues, , Thredbo Jazz Festival plus Sydney Olympic Park and Darling Harbour music events.

The band has performed extensively throughout Asia and are noted for their performances in Sth. Vietnam, Thailand, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Guam. and Japan. The band recently represented Australia at the Tainan International Chihsi Arts Festival in Taiwan in 2004 where they were showcased in street parades, a welcome by the mayor of Tainan and a series of live concerts and television performances daily throughout Taiwan over a period of two weeks. The band has been engaged to perform again in Taiwan for a four week period during July at the 2005 Kenting International Folk Song Festival.

Viva the band perform a rich tapestry of music skillfully blending a mixture of: jazz, swing, latin, gypsy jazz , salsa, French , Spanish Songs, cabaret and classic show tunes. Gerri Santos is the featured vocalists and percussionists for the group. Other members include: Jose Santos vocals/ congas/ percussion/ bass/ guitar, Peter Rappolt, leader (guitar), Marie Rappolt (bass and musette accordion) This lineup creates a “Hot Club of France” style, reminiscent of a French nightclub swing band. Viva the band have become very popular for corporate and private functions, delighting their audiences with their unique and varied styles of music. More information at

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