Written by Ed Osborn
Willimantic, Conn: -- Eastern Connecticut State University's 12th Annual Arts and Lecture Series continues on Feb. 5 with a free concert by the U.S. Coast Guard Swing Band. The concert will take place in Shafer Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Formed in the summer of 1989, "The Masters of Swing" U.S. Coast Guard Swing Band spotlights swing-era music of the '30s and '40s, performing compositions by such jazz greats as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and George Gershwin. Skillfully arranged by members of the group, the musical selections demand sparkling ensemble playing and highlight the performer's improvisational expertise. In Duke Ellington's words, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!"
Swing 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.
The concert is free of charge; however, because seating is limited, those interested should reserve their seats by calling (860) 465-0036 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org