Big band returns for 28th time

The Big Band Dance is set to hit DTSS once again.

The time has come to put on your dancing shoes or come out to listen to some great live music at the 28th annual David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) Big Band Dance.

This year the evening of fun and music will once again be happening at the Community Centre in Invermere on April 9 starting with cocktails at 7:30 p.m., while the dance kicks off at 8 p.m. This year the show will also include a buffet styled dinner at 10:15 p.m. All songs will be scored in the big band style but that does not mean they were originally from the big band era. “We do things like Hey Jude which was originally released by the Beatles. We have an assortment of waltzes, we have some polkas, we even have a tango, foxtrots and rock songs,” said band director Greg Constable.

The music may have you out dancing but there are also many people who come to the event just to listen to the music and enjoy a social night out in Invermere according to Constable. He went on to explain just how much this evening means to the students.

“They reallt like doing this. It gives them the chance to get ready for a gig. It also has them read a great deal of music. It helps their reading skills. We have sent many musicians off to music schools and that is a comment that always comes back. They are very good at sight reading,” he said.

Constable also said that events like this would not be possible without the help of everyone in the area. “The parental support behind the kids is great. Everybody in the community is extremely supportive.”

As for a reason to come out, the music teacher from DTSS said the show has something for everyone. “To enjoy the music. They will hear a different style here than anywhere else. It is a chance to try dancing for any reason.”

Tickets are $25 and are available at The Book Bar and Majestic U-brew and Wine. Tickets can also be picked up after April 4 from stage band members or they can call the school 250-342-9213 extension 136.