Two 18-piece big bands from the UW-La Crosse jazz program will headline the university’s 33rd annual Big Band Cabaret on Feb. 14.
The Tuxedo Dance Orchestra, also known as the UW-L Jazz Orchestra, will perform classic big band dance hits such as Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” and “American Patrol,” as well as Woody Herman’s “Woodchopper’s Ball” and Les Elgart’s “Bandstand Boogie.”
A number of soloists from the jazz program will be featured on note-for-note recreations of original solos on Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing, Part II” by music majors Josh Beron (trumpet), Jacob Erickson (clarinet), Josh Dohm (saxophone) and Sam Hantzsch (drums).
Three other vocalists from the UW-L music department — Selah-Marie Castellano, Mike Meyers and Leah Williams — will also perform.
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In addition to big band favorites, the groups will play a variety of dance styles including polkas, waltzes, cha-chas and tangos. A large dance floor will be set up for jitterbuggers and ballroom dancers. The concert is cabaret-style seating at tables. Beverage service and snacks will be available.
The ensembles are led by Jeff Erickson, director of jazz studies.
The event, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in The Bluffs room inside the Student Union, raises money for scholarships.