Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

April 16, 2014

Swing Street Band concert/dance is May 1

CROSSVILLE — The 18-member Swing Street Big Band welcomes summer in Fairfield Glade with the third concert and dance of its 2014 season at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 1. 

It will be held at the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center located at 128 Stonehenge Rd., six miles north of I-40 (Exist 322, Peavine Rd.). 

The band, including two vocalists, will play swing, foxtrot and ballads, as well as waltz, cha cha, rumba and slow dance rhythms.

The Swing Street Big Band has been performing concert and dance events in Fairfield Glade for the past two years. It continues a 17-year tradition of regular big band performances in the resort community.

The band is directed by William Schneider, who resides in Sparta. A retired commercial airline pilot and dance band leader from Cleveland, Ohio, he began The Swing Street Big Band in early 2012 to continue a long tradition of big band dances in Fairfield Glade. Two of the band members, trombone player Clay Crabtree and vocalist Wanda Hepburn, have been part of big band performances in Cumberland County since they began in 1997.

Several members of The Swing Street Big Band have performed with well-known musical groups in other parts of the state and nation, including Nashville, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge. Others are current or former high school band directors from Middle Tennessee, or advanced music students at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville.

Tables for the dances seat eight persons and may be reserved. Beverages are available for purchase. Guests may bring snacks.

Tickets are $27.50 per couple ($13.75 per person), including tax, in advance, and $33 per couple ($16.50 per person), at the door the night of the event.

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.

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