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Monday, October 3, 2011

Junction City Big Band Dance @ WSU (Ogden: Oct 8)

New Times for Lessons and Dancing

Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts

What: Junction City Big Band Dance

When: Saturday, 8 October 2011, 7:00 lessons; 8:00 dance downbeat

Where: Ballroom, Shepherd Union Building

Cost: $1/lesson • $5/dancing

The sixteen piece Junction City Big Band, directed by Steve Ericksen, presents their first WSU Dance Date of fall semester Saturday, October 8, in the Shepherd Union Building Ballroom. Downbeat is at 8:00 p.m. but for those who need it, professional dance instruction by Margene Anderson will be offered at 7:00. Tickets are $1 for lessons and $5 for dancing per person.

Expect to hear some Big Band versions of famous songs for lovers at this dance. Bring your special dance partner and see what happens. Light refreshments will be available.

The band was organized in 1987 under the direction of Dr. K. Earl Ericksen, then chair of the Weber State Department of Music. Dr. Ericksen passed away July 12 at age 87. The conducting baton was passed on to his son, Steve Ericksen. Steve has played the baritone saxophone with the band since the very beginning, so he is well-prepared to lead.

The Swing Era style dance band was formed specifically to give local musicians with big band experience an opportunity to continue playing for personal enjoyment as well as for community functions. Donating their time and musical skills, they have helped to keep the community “jumpin’” with the music of Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sammy Kay, Freddie Martin, Harry James and other great swing era sounds.

Lessons will begin promptly at 7:00. No one will be admitted to the lessons after that time so please make plans to come early and be included in this fun and fantastic experience. Dance downbeat at 8:00 p.m. Best dress is recommended, which includes shirt and tie for men.

For more information about the band, contact Steve Ericksen at 829-4098 or sericksen8@gmail.com.

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