The Coast News Group

Big band event promises swinging

RANCHO SANTA FE — Take a sentimental journey back to a time when big bands ruled and songs born of passion, romance, sentimentality and bravado told the story of the World War II years 1941 to 1945.
The opportunity to travel back will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Village Church Fellowship Hall as the Rancho Santa Fe Big Band celebrates the music of the holidays with a tribute to Pearl Harbor’s 70th anniversary and the war years.
The 17-piece band, under the direction of Professor Jack Wheaton, will feature a pops-style concert with swing favorites such as “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “American Patrol,” “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “A Train,” “Sentimental Journey,” “I Thought About You,” “Let’s Dance,” and more.
It’s a concert not to be missed — steeped in history, nostalgia, holiday magic and just pure swinging fun. The Rancho Santa Fe Big Band plays the original big band arrangements of the ‘40s. Its mission since its inception 11 years ago is to keep the all-American art form of swing alive and accessible.
The event is produced by Dom and Marie Addario.
Those attending should bring their own beverage and appetizers.
The cost is $45 per person or $400 for a table of 10.
Gather with your friends and family for an evening of big band swing music, which promises to be another sell-out.
For more information, call (858) 756-4542 or visit the band’s website at