Commemorative Air Force Bomber's Moon Ball 2002

Continuing a tradition that began in the late 1970's when Bob Lancette was the director, the Roseville Big Band played for Commemorative (formerly Confederate) Air Force's fall hangar dance, the Bomber's Moon Ball, September 21, 2002.
Terry and Cindy strike a pose in their WWII civilian dance garb. Terry and Cindy Gardner of TC Swing gave swing dance lessons from 7:00 until 7:45. Cindy also sang the top part on "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", along with lead Karen Dunn and alto Barb Harvey.
More than 600 dancers managed to find room for their moves on the crowded dance floor inside Hangar #3 at Fleming Field.
Dancers Lindy hop to a fast beat. Dancers show a variety of styles. Dancers do some flashy turns.
Guest percussionists joined the band on "Latin Fantasy" and "Cha Cha Cha for Judy".
Volunteers play cabasa, cow bell, and other Latin percussion instruments. A guest percussionist shakes the tambourine at the camera while his wife smiles.
The trombones pointed their horns in the traditional variety of directions on sustained notes at the end of "In the Mood". From right to left, they are Rich Eyman, George Henly, Mike Bratlie, and Keith Miner. Rhythm section members Ann Booth (piano), Jim Foss (guitar), Jim Foster (drums), and Mike Wobig (electric bass) watch the trombone section antics while waiting to restart the rhythm of the song. Keith's and Mike's bells point up in the air while George's and Rich's point down.
Jim leans over the music. Guitarist Jim Foss concentrated on the chords to "Come Fly with Me" while guest vocalist Reeves Cary sang the lyrics. Reeves looks out at the airplanes while singing.
The quartet members each hold mics while singing. The vocal quartet, Glen Newton, Karen Dunn, Reeves Cary, and Barb Harvey, sang "The Lady is a Tramp".
Keith, Reeves, and Barb belt it out, beneath an American flag and WWII aircraft panel art. Keith joined Reeves to sing the melody of "Beer Barrel Polka" as Barb sang harmony along with Karen and Glen (not shown in this picture).
Trumpet section members (right to left) Dan Theobald, Mark Lee, Peter Davis, and Gene Phares played a passage from the band's closing number, Sammy Nestico's arrangement of "Show Me the Way to Go Home". The section members play trumpets wearing red bow ties.
Sax section members concentrate on their music. The sax section swung on "Sleepy Time Gal". From left to right: Deb Asselanis, Glen Peterson, Kay Foster, Bill Frank, and Bill Pearson.
The hangar displays the side panels of World War II airplanes featuring artwork. When the band plays at the hangar dances, Glen Newton claims that his arrangement of "Sleepy Time Gal" was inspired by this historic picture. More accurately, it was inspired by one of the CAF members who gave him a copy of the sheet music. An American flag hangs in front of the historic artwork.

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