Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2000

Juneau Big Band performs at dance Friday

The Juneau Big Band will make its debut at a dance Friday night. The newly organized 17-piece group will play big band swing music, foxtrots and ballads from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday at a community dance at the ballroom upstairs at the Juneau Elk's Club. Admission is $8.

Band member Galen Tromble said Juneau trumpet player Ron Maas organized the group this summer. Tromble is serving as musical director and Maas is band leader.

Tromble played in the Mel Flood Big Band for many years, and also currently plays with the local groups Rainlight Dance Band and FleetStreet. Tromble said this group is the best big band he's played with in 15 years.

Tromble said the band's repertoire is about half big band standards and half new material. He added that much of the new material was just introduced to the Juneau musicians in May.

"A lot of new material for the band was provided by Roger Newmann, an arranger and composer from Los Angeles who played at Juneau Jazz and Classics," Tromble said.

Tromble has reserved the Elk's Ballroom for two more dances this fall, on Oct. 27, and Nov. 17.

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