The public is invited to a "Sweetheart Dance," by Krietenstein American Legion Post No. 104 Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Legion Home, 2690 Ft. Harrison Rd., Terre Haute.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Food service will begin at 7 p.m., with the dance beginning at 8.
A charge of $25 per couple or $15 per single will include food and admission to the dance.
A cash bar will also be available.
The "Fabulous 40s Big Band," keeps the sound of the big band era alive and vibrant in the Wabash Valley by playing the songs and tunes identified with the prominent bands that played across America in the 1930s and 1940s.
Dancers -- or those who simply enjoy listening to the genre of music -- can be expect to hear melodies from the "Great American Songbook," the American collection of popular music from Broadway and Hollywood musicals prevalent from the 1920s to 1960s.
Dancers will have an opportunity to enjoy both slow ballads and faster swing music.
Familiar composers of the American standards include George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers.
Singers include Frank Sinatra, Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme and others.
The timeless music offered hope of better days during the Great Depression, built morale during two world wars, helped build social bridges within the culture, and whistled during economic growth.
Post Commander James T. Roberts said the public may expect a buffet dinner of sandwiches with sides of potato salad, slaw and a relish tray.
Varied desserts will be provided by the Post No. 104 Ladies Auxiliary.
Roberts added it is not necessary to be a member of the legion to attend.
The dance is open to the public and will take place in a smoke-free environment.
The band is led by lead trombone player Norman Hanson and is managed by trumpet player Jim Chesterton.
For more information, call 812-460-00370 or 812-466-9357.