Los Alamos Big Band Community Dance/Concert Feb. 5

LABB News:
 
The Los Alamos Big Band will host a free dance/concert to the community 7-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5 at Fuller Lodge to thank the community for its many years of support.
The event includes big band music of the 40’s featuring many vocals and solos from the band members. While there is no cost, donations are welcome to pay for the event space. 
 
The History of the Los Alamos Big Band

The Los Alamos Big Band is a 16-instrument 1940s Glenn Miller-style swing band. 

Music was very important to the scientists, engineers, support staff, military and families who came to Los Alamos during WWII and the Manhattan Projectand big band was the pop music of their day. Big Band began in Los Alamos with the original LA All-Stars in 1945 that played standard two-steps and slower fox trots for dances every Saturday night at Theater No. 2 in downtown Los Alamos. LA All-Stars trumpeter, Ed Macmann (who still plays with the Big Band today in his late 90s), also had a smaller combo, The Keynotes, who played for the Civic and NCO clubs. During the 50s, 60s, and 70s, about twice a year someone would ask Ed to get a Big Band together to play for events like the annual Harvest Moon Ball.

 
The current Los Alamos Big Band has been playing at events throughout Northern New Mexico since 1984 under the direction of Jan McDonald, who joined the LA All-Stars in 1963 and for many years was the band director at Los Alamos High School. The band features the danceable music of the Big Band Era such as “In The Mood,” “String of Pearls,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and “Moonlight Serenade”.
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