Big Band Makes a Come Back!

Big Band music made a comeback at DeLuca’s Place in the Park last Thursday as the Lorain County Office on Aging and the North Ridgeville Senior Center presented the 22nd annual Big Band Dance and Concert.

The joint was jumping as the Doc McDonald Orchestra turned back the clock with fabulous versions of standards made famous by groups like The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington.

“We were so pleased that so many people could join us for this very special evening,” said Joan Lowry. About 300 guests enjoyed standards like ‘String of Pearls,’ ‘Take the A Train’ and ‘Come Fly With Me.’

Joan founded the Big Band Dance and Concert 22 years ago when she worked in corporate affairs for Continental Cablevision. She is well-known for the focus on community programming she brought to the cable giant at the local level.

“American Movie Classics was one of our cable channels. They wanted to know what they could do to promote AMC, and this was the result. It just bloomed and it has been a staple ever since,” said Joan.

The event was a huge hit! Dancers took to the ballroom floor with skill and grace as Doc McDonald and his orchestra brought to life the music of a generation with skill and style.

Big Band Music: Still great for anyone of any age to dance to. It’s music that has stood the test of time.

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