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Big Band Dance
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CONTACT: Myrna Whitehead or Stephanie Smith
Annual Big Band Dance celebrates 22 years with April 26 performance
LEVELLAND – The annual Big Band Dance at South Plains College promises to leave the audience dancing in the aisles. The dance, starts at 7 p.m. on April 26 in the SPC Sundown Room, will feature the 18-piece South Plains Dance Orchestra and the SPC Jazz Band.
Admission is $7 per person, and guests may pay at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wilburn and Helen Wheeler Band Scholarship and the Fred and Bettye Harris Music Scholarship. Wilburn Wheeler was the first band director at South Plains College. Fred Harris helped start the SPC Foundation.
The South Plains Dance Orchestra will play the first and third sets. Songs that will be played by this group will include “Begin the Beguine” by Cole Porter; “Night and Day;” “Taking A Chance on Love” by Vernon Duke from the Broadway musical “Cabin in the Sky” where it was performed by Ethel Waters and Dooley Wilson; “Stompin’ At the Savoy” by Edgar Sampson; “Ain’t Misbehavin’” by Fats Waller; “You Go to My Head,” featuring a clarinet solo and vocals; and ending the evening with “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller.
The members of the South Plains Dance Orchestra for the Big Band Dance are Grady Alberts, Rodney Gurley, Al Gardner, Jon Johnson, Dr. Bruce Keeling, Dr. John Kennedy, Mitch Kennedy, Josh Ochoa, Dustin Petigo, Josh Ochoa, Lynda Reid, Don Turner, Cullan Howe, Darin Cash and Steve Warren.
SPC Jazz Band will play the second hour of the dance. South Plains College faculty members assisting with the SPC Jazz Band are Keeling, Kennedy, Gardner, Turner and Johnson.
The SPC Jazz Band will play “In The Mood” by Joe Garland and Glenn Miller; “’S Wonderful” by George and Ira Gershwin; “I Know Why” by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren featuring vocalist Holly Aiken; “The Girl From Ipanema” by Antonio Carlos Jobim; “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” by Cole Porter; “Moon River” by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer featuring vocalist Maria Pedraza; “L-O-V-E” by Bert Kaempfert and Milt Gabler; “Quite Nights Of Quite Stars” by Antonio Carlos Jobim, featuring Steven Warren on tenor sax; “All of Me” by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks featuring vocalist Aikens; “Straighten Up And Fly Right” by Nat King Cole and Irving Mills; and “Jumpin’ Jack” by Scott Morris.
The SPC Jazz Band members are Erick Acosta, Dayton Pedigo and Eduardo Velolare, all of Seminole; Jose Fernandez, Elijah Gonzales, Austin Hines, Mitchell Kennedy, James McInroe, Ebony McPherson, Joshua Ochoa, Benjamin Reckner, Tori Palomo, Joseph Tackett and Michael Vann, all of Lubbock; Christian Pacheco of Levelland; and Lucas Tomblin and Steven Warren, both of Frenship.
For more information, contact Latha Tucker, administrative assistant to the Fine Arts Department at (806) 716-2261.