The U.S. Coast Guard Swing Band entertained a packed house on Feb. 5 in Shafer Auditorium with classics from the swing era. They opened with "You Beautiful Doll" written over 100 years ago by Ayer and Brown; and followed that with Benny Goodman's "A Smooth One." Next was a medley of songs titled "Mellow sounds of the Radio Era," including the White Cliffs of Dover" by Vera Lynn. Other tunes included "Daydreaming" by band member Shawn Nelson; "Yesterdays" by Jerome Kern; Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek"; and "Avalon," by Al Jolson.
"The Masters of Swing" U.S. Coast Guard Swing Band was formed in the summer of 1989. Skillfully arranged by members of the group, the musical selections demand sparkling ensemble playing and highlight the performers' improvisational expertise. Band musicians include band leader Joel Flunker on trumpet; Cedric Mayfield on clarinet; Greg Case on saxophone; Sean Nelson on trombone; Robert Langslet on piano and keyboards; Mark McCormick on bass; Nathan Lassell on drums; sound engineer Robert Holtorff; and vocalist Megan Weikleenget.