Maestro Ben Wade, along with the Susanville Swing Band and Gunhild Carling, played to a packed house at the Elks Lodge recently. Photos by Glenda Svendsen

How about our spectacular Susanville Swing Band?

It is well-known that the Susanville Symphony puts on a spectacular concert. Artistic Director and Conductor Benjamin J. Wade repeatedly invites talent of the highest caliber to Lassen County.

The last weekend in October brought another epic concert with guest musician Gunhild Carling.

Gunhild is a multi-faceted performer and entertainer. Her sultry voice was the perfect accompaniment to the Susanville Swing Band, and she regaled the crowd with old-time favorites such as “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Fever,” “I Got it Bad” and “Good Morning, Baby,” among others.

The dance floor fills up with fans of swing music during a Susanville Swing Band concert.

As if playing 20 instruments, dancing like a star and being a sultry songbird weren’t enough gifts for one woman to possess, Gunhild is equally blessed with an ability to connect with her audience and make them laugh.

Her performance at the Elks Lodge included tap dancing and a number with the bagpipes in addition to the tremendous talent she exhibits with the trumpet. Luckily, there was space allocated for dancing otherwise Gunhild would certainly have had them dancing in the aisles.

Gunhild spent her time in Lassen County inspiring children, too.

One of her stops was at Assembly of God Church where students from Mt. Lassen Charter, McKinley School and Meadow View School enjoyed a private concert featuring Gunhild.

The event was organized by Susanville Symphony Society, Susanville Assembly of God Church and the Lassen County Office of Education as an endeavor to bring the arts to our community’s children. James Hall noted that, “Gunhild presented a wonderful performance, hosted a question and answer session with the students and graciously took time for group photos.”