Phoenix Big Band Keeps Things Swinging

Phoenix Big Band Keeps Things Swinging

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Jed Boal ReportingDuring World War II Big Bands flourished and greeted the troops when they came home. A Salt Lake City ensemble with veterans in the ranks helps keep the music swingin' for their generation and for younger ears.

The Phoenix Big Band has about as much experience as you'll find in any ensemble. In the mid-1930's through the end of World War II, swing was "the" thing. The guys and gals often referred to as the "Greatest Generation" swarmed the dance halls to listen to Glenn Miller, the Dorseys and Benny Goodman, "the King of Swing".

The Phoenix Big Band has practiced and performed for 15 years, though turnover is inevitable.

Dick Anderson, Bandleader: "We have buried a whole band since then, but we seem to get new members and have plenty to play."

Bandleader Dick Anderson says the average age is 72 and used to be 76.

Dick Anderson: "We have five guys that are 80 and better."

Most of the musicians played in bands in the 50's.

Monday night the band will perform free at the Salt Lake City Library at 8:30 as part of a Veterans celebration. Show up ready to dance.

Phoenix Big Band Performance
SLC Library main floor (public dancing)
Swing dancers from U of U will perform

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