Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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August 30, 2012

Swing Street Band plays Sept. 1

CROSSVILLE — The Swing Street Big Band, under the leadership of saxophonist William Schneider, will perform for its second dance at Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center on Saturday, Sept. 1, as part of the community’s Labor Day holiday weekend observance.

The band’s performance continues a 15-year tradition of regular big band dances in Fairfield. The dance is from 7 to 10 p.m.

The band expands from 18 to 20 members for the dance with the addition of two male singers.

One vocalist is well-known to Cumberland County and Fairfield Glade residents. Rusty McClanahan has performed in two Cumberland County Playhouse productions, as well as community concerts at Crossville’s historic Palace Theatre. The second vocalist, a newcomer to the area, is Indianapolis, Indiana native Larry Boggs.

They will join female vocalist Wanda Hepburn, who has been part of Fairfield Glade big band performances since 1997.

Hepburn, like trombonist Clay Crabtree of Cookeville, was in the original group founded in the area by Dr. Joseph Robertson in the early 1990s. Dr. Robertson, a Nashville internist and personal friend of country music legend Chet Atkins, moved to Crossville and created a dance band along the lines of one he had put together in the Music City.

Schneider, the current band leader, is a Sparta resident and a retired commercial airline pilot. 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.

Several in The Swing Street Big Band also have experience performing with well-known bands and musical groups in other parts of the country. Some are current or former high school band directors from Middle Tennessee, or advanced music students at Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville.

Music for the dance includes a wide variety of ballroom tempos from swing to fox trot, waltz, cha cha, and rumba. Rock or disco, a tango, and a line dance are also on the program.

The Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center is at 128 Stonehenge Road, six miles north of I-40 (Exist 322, Peavine Road). 

Tables seat eight persons and may be reserved. Beverages will be available for purchase. Guests may bring snacks. Tickets are $27.50 per couple, including tax.

Early reservations are advised. Seating is limited. For information and reservations call the Community and Conference Center at 931-484-3722. Reservations can be made and tickets paid prior to the event in person at the Center. Phone reservations may be charged to a credit card.

Following the Labor Day weekend dance, the group is scheduled to perform for Fairfield Glade dances on Saturday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 1.


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