“We did a canteen a couple of years ago at Terra,” said Terra Jazz Band drummer Lonnie Shuey, a Fremont resident. “It was very successful and that is why we’re doing it again. This one we’re taking to the road in Bellevue. There are a lot of WWII vets and senior citizens in the area who love to dance to that music, which is hard to find around these parts.”
Want to go?
WHAT: Stage Door Canteen brought to you by Terra Choral Society and Jazz Band
WHEN: 6 p.m., Saturday, November 9
WHERE: Bierkeller Pub, 600 Southwest St., Bellevue
COST: $25 per person
INFO: call the Terra Box Office at 419-559-2379
The fundraising aspect of the event is tied to the 125-member Terra Choral Society’s Memorial Day trip to Washington D.C. This year the jazz band will be tagging along for the fun playing in various Memorial Day activities, including a performance at The Kennedy Center.
As for the upcoming program, it will feature the Four County Marines Color Guard and music for dancing with the Terra State Jazz Band performing “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “In the Mood” and other songs from the era. The fundraiser includes a chicken or meatloaf dinner, dessert, cash bar, 50/50 drawing, raffles and silent auction.
Shuey said the 30-piece Terra Jazz Band is led by new band director Kris Burt of Norwalk and includes high school students, college students and community members.
“We perform about two concerts every semester,” Shuey said. “There’s also a spring dance, and we do high school visits where we try to collaborate with the jazz bands.”
He added that the “Stage Door Canteen” features the Terra State Jazz Band at its best.
“We’ve been rehearsing for weeks, and we’re ready,” Shuey said. “The idea of the show is this is built around Veterans Day. Just to give the veterans a place to go to remember the good times from WWII. There were some good times back home and big bands were a part of that.”
The Terra Choral Society and Jazz Band present the “Stage Door Canteen” dinner-dance fundraiser at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Bierkeller Pub, 600 Southwest St., Bellevue. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Terra State College Store, Bierkeller Pub or by calling the Terra Box Office at 419-559-2379