29th Annual Remember When Dances set for Oct. 26 and Oct. 27

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The 29th Annual Remember When Dances will take music lovers and dancers back to the Big Band Era in two music-filled evenings presented by Bemidji State University jazz groups.

The dances will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Jammers Blue Note Ballroom, north of Bemidji on Bemidji Road NE, also known as Old Highway 71.

Entertaining throughout both evenings will be approximately 40 musicians and vocalists, mostly students from the BSU Department of Music.

Music will include actual charts that the big bands played, including pieces by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Les Brown. In addition to the Big Band classics, the musicians will perform cha cha, waltz, ballad and Dixieland numbers. Several vocalists will also perform music from the swing era.

New music acquired for this year’s performance includes Glenn Miller’s beautiful ballad “Serenade In Blue” featuring Hyram Price as vocal soloist backed by BSU’s version of the “Modernaires”: Sarah Restad, Sara Wabrowetz, Jay Harty and Robert Strand. Price also will be featured on “Roll ‘em Pete,” and Karissa Korbel will be the vocal soloist on Julie London’s “Black Coffee.”

Dr. Steve Konecne, BSU professor of instrumental music, will direct BSU Jazz Band I while Craig Haugen, BSU adjunct professor of music, will direct BSU Jazz Band II for the dances.

Admission for each evening is $7 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and for BSU students with a valid ID. Tickets will be available at the door.

Proceeds from the event support the Joe Plumer Jazz Scholarship, tours and the purchase of new music for the groups.

For more information, please call the Department of Music at (218) 755-2915.

Oct. 26 and 27
– 8 p.m. to midnight – The 29th Annual Remember When Dances presented by Bemidji State University. Location: Jammers Blue Note Ballroom, north of Bemidji on Bemidji Road NE (Old Highway 71), Admission: $7 adults, $5 senior citizens and BSU students with valid student ID.