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'Battle of the Big Bands' set to take place at Fairbanks

Thursday, July 10, 2008

TERRE HAUTE -- The "Battle of the Big Bands" will take place at Fairbanks Park Saturday, July 19, when the Terre Haute Community Band welcomes the Fabulous 40s Dance Band to share the stage for a full evening of musical entertainment.

The Fabulous 40s will begin the performance at 7 p.m., with some swing and big band dance tunes to get the audience "In the Mood," a number that will be performed by both bands.

The Terre Haute Community Band will perform their version of such favorites as "The Way You Look Tonight," at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The concert featuring both bands is free and is sponsored by the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.

Both bands will be vying to recapture the sounds of rhythms of orchestras like Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey as they play some of the most popular hits of the 30s and 40s.

Toes will be tapping and those who can't resist the lure of these great dance tunes are welcome to take a turn or two around the concrete span in the front of the amphitheatre.

Those who prefer to sing or hum along will be glad to know that "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Little Brown Jug," and "Heartaches" are also on the playlist for the evening.

And no big band evening would be complete without "String of Pearls," "Satin Dall," or "I'm in the Mood for Love."

If the big band era was a little -- or a lot -- before the time of any participant and this type of music is not familiar, the "Battle of the Big Bands" will be a good opportunity to hear some of the best tunes and become acquainted with music that thrilled and energized past generations.

The Fabulous 40s band is a group of area musicians.

The principal conductor of the band is Yvonne Newlin. She is the Director of Music at Lincoln Trail College, Robinson, Ill.

The Terre Haute Community Band receives grants from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and Arts Illiana in presenting and implementing their concert schedule.

All concerts are sponsored by the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, call Betty C. Martin at 812-535-6440 or 812-466-2755 or e-mail bettycmartin@msn.com.

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