Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 20, 2014

Swing Street Big Band welcomes spring April 3

CROSSVILLE — The 18-member Swing Street Big Band welcomes spring with the second dance of its 2014 Fairfield Glade schedule at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3.

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

The program will open with two swing dances — “Rock Around the Clock” and "Jersey Bounce.”

The band will recognize the change of seasons when it opens the second set with the fox trot rendition of “April Showers,” a song first sung by the legendary Al Jolson on Broadway in 1921. Since then it has been performed by numerous musical artists and bands, including those directed by Les Brown, Cab Calloway, Ted Heath, Woody Herman, Guy Lombardo and Paul Whiteman.

The band’s performance will also include waltz, cha cha, rumba and slow dance rhythms. Also on the program will be a line dance and a tango.

The performance is part of the band’s new schedule that includes eight more dances this year, said band director William Schneider. Five will be on the first Thursday nights of May, June, September, October and November.

Three Saturday dances are scheduled for July 5, Aug. 9 and Dec. 6.

The program continues a 17-year tradition of regular big band dances in Fairfield Glade.

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

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