For The Vista
The Swing Street Big Band presentation Aug. 31 at the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center is more than a concert for dancers.
In addition to 16 musicians that make up the group, two vocalists are also part of the ensemble, and they will perform 18 solos or duets for music listening.
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 eight songs made famous by Frank Sinatra — “New York, New York,” “That’s Life,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Witchcraft,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and “For Once in My Life.”
Female vocalist Wanda Hepburn, who has been part of the Fairfield Glade big band performances since 1997, will provide her renditions of “Orange Colored Sky,” “I’ve Got The World On A String,” “Sentimental Journey,” “You Do Something To Me,” “I Remember You,” “Moonlight In Vermont,” “Skylark,” and “Sway.”
McClanahan and Hepburn will also sing duet versions of “The Tennessee Waltz,” and “I Won’t Dance.”
The band will play three, 45-minute sets. The three-hour performance begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $27.50 per couple ($13.75 per person), including tax, in advance.
Beverages are available for purchase. Guests may bring snacks. Tables seat eight persons and may be reserved.
The Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center is at 128 Stonehenge Road, six miles north of I-40 (Exist 322, Peavine Road).
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 performed with Nashville, Knoxville or Oak Ridge musical organizations, as well as teach 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.
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.
Tables seat eight persons and may be reserved. Beverages are available for purchase. Guests may bring snacks.
The band’s performance continues a 16-year tradition of regular big band dances in Fairfield Glade. Two more dances are scheduled later in the year — Saturday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 7.