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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Junction City Big Band Dance @ WSU (Ogden: March 17)

Gotta Dance!
Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: Junction City Big Band Dance
When: Saturday, 17 March, 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 a WSU Saturday Dance Date, March 17, 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 per person for the dance. An intermission floorshow will provide entertainment while dancers have a chance to catch their breath and enjoy some light refreshments. 

The band was organized in 1987 under the direction of Dr. K. Earl Ericksen, then chair of the Weber State Department of Performing Arts. (Dr. Ericksen passed away last summer and his son has taken on the role of band leader.) 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. 

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