The Swing Street Big Band begins its 2013 Fairfield Glade season with a Valentine’s dance on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Community and Conference Center.
The event will be the first of eight scheduled performances the dance band plans this year. In addition to 16 musicians that make up the group, three regular vocalists will join the ensemble. The three-hour event begins at 7 p.m.
The band will play three 45-minute sets. 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 $27.50 per couple ($13.75 per person), including tax, in advance. Tickets at the door, if available, are $33 per couple ($16.50 per person). 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 Community and Conference Center accommodates approximately 130 persons for the dance.
The band’s performance continues a 16-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. Schneider founded the Black Tie Big Band in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1999, and led it until he moved to Tennessee in 2004.
Schneider said the Feb. 16 program will feature several Valentine-season favorites and a hard-driving solo rendition of the quickstep classic “Sing, Sing, Sing” by drummer Kurt Snider. He had an extensive music career in the Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg area in Florida before moving to Cookeville. Snider is a cartographer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Several other members of The Swing Street Big Band have experience performing with well-known musical groups in other parts of the country.
Some have performed with Nashville, Knoxville or Oak Ridge musical organizations, as well as teaching music at Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville, Maryville College, Maryville, and Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville. Others are current or former high school band directors from Middle Tennessee, or advance music students at Tennessee Tech.
After the Feb. 16 dance, others are scheduled for Saturday, March 9; Friday, April 5; Saturday, June 1; Saturday, July 6; Saturday, Aug. 31; Saturday, Nov. 16; and Saturday, Dec. 7.