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The Swing Street Big Band will play a wide variety of ballroom tempos including fox trot, waltz, swing and Latin rhythms at its Saturday, March 9 dance at the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center.
The three-hour event begins at 7 P.M.
In addition to 16 musicians that make up the group, two vocalists will also be part of the ensemble.
Rusty McClanahan, who has developed a following in the area with performances at the Cumberland County Playhouse and Crossville’s historic Palace Theater, will sing “New York, New York,” “Luck Be A Lady Tonight,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Summer Wind,” “Come Fly With Me,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” all Frank Sinatra favorites.
Female vocalist Wanda Hepburn, who has been part of the Fairfield Glade big band performances since 1997, will provide her renditions of “Close To You,” “On A Slow Boat To China,” “Come In From The Rain,” and “You Do Something To Me.”
McClanahan and Hepburn will sing a duet version of “The Tennessee Waltz.”
The band will play 45-minute sets. 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.
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.
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.
Several 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.