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Moonlight Swing, a 21-piece big band, will perform the music of Glenn Miller and other big band greats 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Country Club.

Tickets are $50 a couple. The evening, which is open to members and their guests, includes dancing and light hors d'oeuvres.

The band has performed at a number of prominent venues and events. It recreates the 418th Army Air Forces Training Command band of World War II, led by Capt. Glenn Miller.

Moonlight Swing

Moonlight Swing recreates Glenn Miller's service band of World War II.

The group's schedule has included such popular settings as the Nevada County Air Show, the Magic Circle Theater, the Rocklin Jubilee and the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. The band has performed for Bob and Dolores Hope at the "Wings Over Stockton" airshow in 1998, the Jimmy Doolittle Raiders Reunion in 2003, and for members of the Tuskegee Airmen in 2005.

For two weeks before the event, the Country Club's front lobby showcases will have a visual history showcasing life in the '40s.

Members are asked to loan the club their mementos of the era to make it a trip back in time. “We’re putting a real effort into making it look like the ‘40s,” said club President Vince Lepera.

“It’s the most exciting time in our history, in my opinion,” said Lepera about World War II America. “We want to celebrate that era.”

Lepera sees the dance as homage to the era and also the generation that made the era great. He said talking with some of the club’s older members about their experiences during World War II inspired the idea for the dance.

“This is the number-one Glenn Miller tribute band in the country,” he said.

Moonlight Swing was organized in 1996 and is based in Citrus
Heights. Information about the group is available at its web
site, moonlightswing.org.

To make a reservation, call Cheryl at 354-3400.

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