The Swing Street Big Band starts the Christmas holiday season at Fairfield Glade with a three-hour dance program Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Community and Conference Center.
It will feature a wide variety of holiday season music performed outstanding musicians from East Tennessee including Tom Lundberg, Phil Barham, Chuck Lyons and John Bohlen.
Lundberg is the lead trombone player and founding member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and a brass instructor at Maryville College, Maryville, and Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville. He is also a frequent performer with the Knoxville Symphony and Oak Ridge Symphony.
Lundberg has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Kenny Rogers, The Young Rascals, and Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band.
Recording credits include Pete Fountain, Boots Randolph, Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass, and Shelby Lynne.
Barham is head of the saxophone department in the music school at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville. He has an undergraduate degree in woodwinds from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX, and a master of music in wind instruments from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Lyons is a charter member of the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass. He is currently an information technology consultant in Nashville. Previously, he taught music at Middle Tennessee high schools and has performed with the Cab Calloway Orchestra.
Bohlen is a product development engineer with Oreck Manufacturing in Cookeville. He is a member of the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass and the Cookeville Community Band.
Lundberg will lead trombone section solos during a rendition of “How High The Moon.”
Barham will perform solos on the “Theme From Ice Castles,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and “Charade.” Lyons will play a bass trombone solo on a special version of “Jingle Bells.” Bohlen will perform a trumpet solo on “Silver Bells.”
The band will play three, 45-minute sets during its three-hour dance which begins at 7 p.m. Music will include a wide variety of ballroom tempos including swing, fox trot, tango, waltz, cha cha, and rumba. Tables seat eight persons and may be reserved. Beverages will be available for purchase. Guests may bring snacks.
The Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center is at 128 Stonehenge Road, six miles north of I-40 (Exist 322, Peavine Road). Tickets are $13.50 per person, including tax. Reservations can be made and tickets paid prior to the event at the Center. Phone reservations may be charged to a credit card by calling the center at 484-3722.
The band’s performance continues a 15-year tradition of regular big band dances in Fairfield Glade. It is under the direction of saxophone player William Schneider, a retired commercial airline pilot who now resides in Sparta. No stranger to leading dance bands, he founded the Black Tie Big Band in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1999, and led it until he moved to Tennessee in 2004.