OK, all you swing band lovers — get a really good grip on yourself because the Susanville Symphony’s Swing Band is ready to put on what conductor Ben Wade calls “the craziest show we’ve ever had,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Susanville Elks Lodge.
Why all the excitement? Because that wild and crazy trumpet-toting Gunhild Carling returns to Susanville to perform with the Swing Band. But wait just a second — before she does that, she will perform at a private, intimate salon fundraiser concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Lassen Ale Works Boardroom. Seating is limited to only 50 patrons and the cost of admission includes a pizza, salad and two beverages.
Wade said the Boardroom concert is a lot like a backstage pass, and music lovers will have an opportunity to meet and speak with Carling in a small, personal setting.
Wade said Carling also may appear at local schools.
For tickets to the Boardroom show, call 310-8111 or visit Axia Home Mortgage on Riverside Drive.
Wade said the Swing Band show offers a few major surprises, but, as always, it features traditional swing band and jazz arrangements of old standards such as “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “In The Mood,” and “Birdland” for patron’s listening and dancing pleasure. He said the Elks Lodge offers a large dance floor and a lounge for adult beverages.
In addition to Carling and her three trumpets, bagpipes, trombone and voice, the band will be joined by legendary rock drummer Tony Savage.
“The band is going to cook,” Wade said. “This is the most exciting swing concert we’ve ever done.”