The big band series will continue with the Sunset Stomp Band performing under Robin Hopkins’ direction on April 24. The final installment will be the Larry Mechem Band and will feature vocalist Linda Kristy of Las Vegas on May 15.
“(Jazz/swing music is) truly is the music of America,” said Hilscher. “It evolved here and is part of who we are as a nation. Even folks who do not see themselves as fans of jazz have certainly been influenced by it in one form or other. The music of the big band era is ‘happy’ music. It’s dance music. It’s romantic as well. The music of this era has the perfect match of melody, harmony, and rhythm.”