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Lodi Community Band ‘swings into spring’ with dinner and dance event

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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:46 am, Tue May 15, 2012.

Of the popular musical styles of the 1940s, few were as celebrated as big band. The large groups, each at the command of a director, played some of the era’s most popular music.

This Friday, you have a chance to hear this kind of music up-close. The Lodi Community Band will host its Swing into Spring dinner and dance event from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lodi American Legion Hall.

“This will be a unique opportunity for enjoying some of the big band era’s most popular tunes,” said Ron Rader, the announcer and publicity manager for the band.

In addition to the Lodi Community Band, the swing band In The Mood will play.

A tri-tip dinner will be prepared by the American Legion Post 22 chefs under the guidance of Martin Jones, Adjutant of the Post. There will also be a no-host bar offering adult beverages.

The band will also highlight several student musicians, as it is a student-oriented organization.

“We offer two summer music camp scholarships every year,” Rader said.

High school students interested in joining must be enrolled at San Joaquin Delta College with the consent of their high school principal. Students can earn one unit of college credit.

The band has a long history in the community.

“We are Lodi’s only all-volunteer community band, with a history dating back to the 1870s,” Rader said.

For Rader, this concert celebrates the music of his youth.

“At age 81, this is the music of my life, music that I grew up with and still remember most fondly,” he said.

In addition to the food and music, two door prizes will be offered: an iPod Touch and the weekend use of a cabin in Tahoe. Raffle prizes and a silent auction will be offered over the course of the evening as well.

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