|Excerpts from ABC NEWPAPERS, Mar 2002, Peter Bodley, Managing Editor
"The Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics
Quartet will present [presented] the final concert in the Coon Rapids
Arts Commission's pie and coffee community concert series. The performance
is sponsored by the Coon Rapids Lions Club.
The Classic Big Band comprises 17 seasoned, professional musicians. Together
with the Nostalgics Vocal Quartet, the band performs a variety of big
band dance music concentrating on original arrangements of name bands
from the swing era, according to Dan Odegaard, leader.
'Many of these tunes featured vocal groups in close harmony such as the
Modernaires or Pied Pipers, where the vocal group became an integral part
of the band,' he said. The group plays a variety of dance styles besides
swing, including samba, cha-cha, rhumba, waltz and tango. In addition
it can perform a 1940s era hit parade show or a USO show."