Nov. 28--ASHEBORO -- What a great combination -- Christmas and Swing music! If you are a lover of swing music, come out and enjoy the sounds of Swing On! as they perform your favorite Christmas music on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Sunset Theatre in downtown Asheboro.
Swing On! is primarily a swing band and has over 400 special arrangements of the Big Band Era. For the concert this year, veteran composer/arranger Dr. William Fritz (of the Stan Kenton and Lawrence Welk bands) has done a new arrangement of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." Fan favorites each year are the Keith Lydick original "Christmas Time at the Sunset Theatre "and a visit from "Louis Armstrong" for "Christmas Time in New Orleans."
"We did our first Christmas performance in 2008, then 2009, 2010 and 2011," band member and Asheboro native Gary Davis said. "Last year the Sunset was being remodeled, so we held the concert at the Greensboro Shrine Club, so this is our sixth annual Christmas Concert with this being the fifth one at the Sunset."
Davis added that the secular tunes Swing On! performs will be in a swing style.
"We treat the sacred songs such as 'Greensleeves' ('What Child Is This'), 'Silent Night,' 'Away in a Manger,' 'I heard The Bells On Christmas Day,' as sacred songs in a more traditional style so all of our offerings will be Christmas music," he added.
Swing On! is an eight-piece band made up of four saxes, one trumpet, guitar, bass and drums. They were the winner of Gigmasters.com's "Top Swing Band in North America" in 2008.
"The original purpose of Swing On! was to present the classic tunes of the '30s and '40s, and Broadway musical hits so they are remembered and not lost with passage of time," Davis said. "In this I hope we have been successful."
The Sunset Theatre is located at 234 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. The doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 on the day of the show. Info/tickets: (336) 626-SHOW (1240).
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