Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

August 22, 2013

‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ drum solo returns to Big Band Dance


CROSSVILLE — The Swing Street Big Band closes out its 2013 Fairfield Glade summer dance season on Saturday, Aug. 31, with a program that includes the return of drummer Kurt Snider and his driving rendition of the drum solo to “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

Snider, who took a break from the Swing Street Big Band summer schedule to take vacation time, will close out the band’s second set of the evening. The band will play three 45-minute sets.

The three-hour event at the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center is part of the resort’s Labor Day holiday weekend. It begins at 7 p.m.

Snider’s version of “Sing, Sing, Sing," is reminiscent of the historic, Gene Krupa performance in the 1937 recording of the song by the Benny Goodman Band.

“Dancers tell me it starts out as a classic English quickstep that is often featured on Dancing With The Stars,” said Director William Schneider. “Some even try to dance swing to the music, but once the drum sticks warm up, most dancers just stop and listen,” Schneider said.

Besides the drum solo, the band will play a variety of ballroom tempos including swing, fox trot, tango, waltz, cha cha, rumba, and disco.

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 931-484-3722. The Community and Conference Center accommodates approximately 130 persons for the dance.

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

The band’s performance continues a 16-year tradition of regular big band dances in Fairfield Glade. Schneider, the director, is a retired commercial airline pilot, who now resides in Sparta. He founded the Black Tie Big Band in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1999, and led it until he moved to Tennessee in 2004.

Snider, the drummer, had an extensive music career in the Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg area in Florida before moving to Cookeville. He is a cartographer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Several other band members 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. Others are current or former high school band directors from Middle Tennessee, or advance music students at Tennessee Tech.

After the Aug. 31 dance, the band will play for two other dances during the holiday season: Saturday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 7.