For The Vista
The Swing Street Big Band will salute summer at its Thursday, May 1 concert and dance at the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center.
The program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Community and Conference Center is located at 128 Stonehenge Road, six miles north of I-40 (Exist 322, Peavine Road).
The 18-member band, including two vocalists, will play swing, and fox trot, as well as waltz, cha cha, rumba and slow dance rhythms.
The seasonal “salute” will include “Summertime,” sung by Wanda Hepburn, and “Summer Wind,” sung by Rusty McClanahan.
The program also includes a foxtrot version of “On The Sunny Side of The Street,” a swing version of “On a Clear Day,” and a slow dance version of “Over The Rainbow.”
The program will open with the band’s rendition of “Just a Gigalo—I Ain’t Got Nobody,” based on a 1956 recording by Louis Prima that reflected his Las Vegas stage show. The Village People produced a recording in 1978 and David Lee Roth created a video version in 1985. The original of “Just a Gigalo,” written after World War I, was recorded by Bing Crosby in 1931.
The Swing Street Big 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 17-year tradition of big band dances in Fairfield Glade.
Several members of the band have performed with well-known musical groups in other parts of the state and nation, including Nashville. 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 931-484-3722.