Big Band Dance

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

The rich or­ches­tral sounds of the big band era will fill the Iras­burg Town Hall on Satur­day night, July 14, when the Old Stone House Mu­seum spon­sors its seventh an­nual Big Band Dance, with mu­sic pro­vided by the 18-piece Swing North Big Band.

The band will play from 8 to 11 p.m. Tick­ets will be sold at the door for $15 a per­son, or $25 a cou­ple. This year vet­er­ans of World War II and their dates will get in for $1 per per­son, the same price they would have paid in the 1940’s.

Vet­er­ans of all wars will be rec­og­nized at the dance. The Orleans County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety has gath­ered from state lists the names of peo­ple who resided in ev­ery town in the county when they en­listed in World War I, World War II, Korea and Viet­nam. Those names will be dis­played down­stairs, along with posters from the big band era in Orleans County.

Many folks re­mem­ber the lively dance halls of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s that fea­tured ex­cel­lent lo­cal bands. At the In­ter­na­tional Club in New­port, which claimed the largest dance floor in New Eng­land, there were per­for­mances by Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lom­bardo, Rose­mary and Betty Clooney, Woody Her­man, Glen Miller, and Cab Calloway, big band greats who got off the train in New­port on their way be­tween Bos­ton and Montreal.

Swing North Big Band is an 18-piece “Basie style” band with full or­ches­tra­tion, in­clud­ing five sax­o­phones, four trom­bones, four trum­pets, pi­ano, gui­tar, bass, drums and vo­cals. Band mem­bers come from north­ern Ver­mont and north­ern New Hamp­shire, and in­clude teach­ers, students, la­bor­ers, pro­fes­sion­als and a hair­dresser, who come to­gether for their love of mu­sic and the joy of play­ing big band swing.

The dance is BYOB. A sump­tu­ous ar­ray of snacks will be pro­vided down­stairs, and mix­ers will be avail­able. There will be a 50/50 raf­fle at the dance. All pro­ceeds from the dance will ben­e­fit the Old Stone House Mu­seum.

The Iras­burg Town Hall, built in 1911, has su­perb acous­tics and am­biance. The hall is hand­i­cap ac­ces­si­ble, with an el­e­va­tor in the back to carry guests up to the sec­ond floor dance hall. So, put on your danc­ing shoes, and come to the Iras­burg Town Hall for a clas­sic evening of swing era mu­sic. Vin­tage cars and vin­tage dress are en­cour­aged. – from the Old Stone House Mu­seum

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