Songs from the Great American Songbook will be performed at the “Marshall County Canteen: Big Band Swing and Dance” Friday, April 13, at the Landoll hangar, Marysville Municipal Airport. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Presidio Brass, a brass quintet from San Diego, Calif., will perform with the Marshall County Community Big Band. The combined bands will play jazz standards for nearly three hours; “A String of Pearls,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Shiny Stockings,” and “Mack the Knife” are some of the songs on the set list.
The event is sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative and Landoll Corporation.
The arts cooperative brought Presidio Brass to Marshall County a year ago as part of their 2017 season of artists. The professional musicians worked with area high school band students and performed a concert with the Marysville High School band and the Valley Heights High School band. The group’s popularity caused the cooperative to bring them back for a weeklong engagement in April; the Canteen will be the culmination of the group’s 2018 residency.
“I am very excited about bringing Presidio Brass back,” said Rachel Massoth, a board member for the arts cooperative. “This event is different from anything I’ve been a part of. The music, the bands, the location, the ambiance — it’s a great way to bring our community together in a completely unique way.”
The Marshall County Canteen begins with the Marshall County Community Band getting everyone in the mood with a thirty-minute set; the band will feature local musicians. At 7:00 p.m. Evelyn Vaubel, a former ballroom dance competitor, will be on the dance floor to show how to do basic ballroom dance steps. A large dance floor will be in the center of the hangar so people may foxtrot, swing, waltz, and do other forms of dancing.
Big band hits will take center stage at 7:30 p.m. when Presidio Brass joins musical forces with the Marshall County Community Big Band.
A dance contest will be held and judged by local dance celebrities.
People are encouraged to dress in period attire — something worn to a USO Show during World War II — or they should dress patriotic.
“I am most excited about watching all the dancing,” Massoth said. “I’m hoping lots of people dress in their military uniform or period dress. I’m also looking forward to hearing Presidio Brass play with our own community big band.”
Two hundred tickets are available for the event. Tickets are $5.00. Veterans, active military, and their spouses are admitted free to the event; however, they need to pick up a free ticket by April 6.
Free tickets may be picked up or tickets may be purchased at CJ Express East and West, Chamber of Commerce, Marysville; Elsie Grace’s Gift Shoppe and Fudge Factory, Frankfort; and Gators Hometown Foods, Blue Rapids.
“The Landoll hangar is a fantastic location for this USO-style show,” said Tami Antoine, one of the organizers for the Canteen. “With limited tickets we expect them to go quickly so it is best to get them early.”
Local vendors will sell homemade pie and ice cream, sloppy joes, beer and wine. Complimentary coffee and water will be available.
“We hope people join us for amazing music, dancing, and just all-around lots of fun,” Massoth said.
For more information people may go to marshallcountyarts.org.