Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


June 30, 2014

Big Band Sound to entertain at Fair Park dance

CROSSVILLE — Big band music has played a large part in who we are in American history since the 1920s. The music has been used to lift our spirits during wars and kept us going throughout the depression and rough times. The big music sound, reminded people that life, over all, was good and exciting.

There has been a considerable range of styles among the hundreds of popular bands over the years. Many of the better known bands reflected the individuality of the bandleader. Benny Goodman had a hard driving swing, while Count Basie played a relaxed swing.

The Big Band Sound, the local band, started in Crossville in 1990 by Dr. Joseph Robertson, with the Big Band Beat. The years 1993 to 2007 were with band leader O.J. Cummins. The years 2007-'12 were with Dr. Pegrum until his death. Then in 2012, William Schneider, a baritone and tenor saxophonist, was the leader until May 2013, when the current band leader Carrol Gother took the reins. Gother is currently the band director at the high school in Gainesboro.

Over the years, Big Band Sound has played more than 250 dances and concerts in the Cookeville and Crossville area. Currently, the 20-piece band has five saxaphones, four trumpets, four trombones, a piano, bass and drummer. They are accompanied by three outstanding singers: Cherry Cole of the Thomas House of Red Boiling Springs; Lemen Marsee, a retired school teacher; and his daughter-in- law, Jessica Marsee, who is the music teacher at Stone Elementary .

The exciting sounds of big band music seems to be fading away, but if big band music like Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller is a big part of who you are, then you do not want to miss the opportunity to swing again with the great sounding, Big Band Sound. The fabulous band will be playing for your listening and dancing enjoyment on Saturday, July 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. The 20-piece band will be performing at the Fair Park Senior Center, which is at 1433 Livingston Rd., across from the fairgrounds. No matter your budget, you can enjoy this one night for free. Any donation to the band would be welcomed. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy yourself.

The Big Band Sound is flexible and willing to play at your events. Call 260-5650 to have them play for you.

A new beginner dog obedience class is starting this week. You can learn how to handle your dog like a pro. The class starts this Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. Please call AKC judge and trainer Richela Vectech of the Holly Cove Dog Academy at 788-1478.

It is not too late to start with the new Tuesday morning (8:30 a.m.) beginner tai chi class with Mike Pesce.

People are signing up for the free Heart for Art Workshop, which will be July 10. Emotional healing through art is for all seniors. It is sponsored by Bilbrey Funeral Home.

The Fair Park Senior Center will be closed this Friday. They hope you have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July with your family. For more information call 484-7416 or go on the web at The center is located across from the fairgrounds and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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