The poster for the dance consisted of this picture and the following
Air Force Spring Dance. Sat. May 15
From 6 p.m. to midnight, Fleming Field, So. St. Paul. Featuring the
Roseville Big Band and the Minnesota Scottish Pipes & Drums. Cash
bar with beer and soft drinks. Prizes for best WWII military and civilian
costumes. Call 455-6942. Donation $6.
Although the doors opened at 6 p.m., the Roseville Big Band only played
from 8 p.m. to midnight. However, the bagpipers played their first performance
during the 20 minutes before the band began.
The band set up in the corner near the front
entrance, with the trumpets and electric bass on the high risers, the trombones
and guitar on the low risers, and the saxes on the floor. When the vocalists
sang, they stood on the floor in front of the band. Parachutes formed the
backdrops for the band.
The band's sound system included
an 8-channel Crate amplifier with two large speakers, three presence microphones
for the saxes, one solo mic each for trumpets and trombones, and a vocal/announcer
microphone. The band's other electrical equipment was (and still is, ten
years later) the guitar and bass amps, vibraphone, electric piano and amplifier
(not shown) and stand lights.
The pipes and drums performed
before the Roseville Big Band's first set and during their first break.
They thrilled the audience from the time they marched in to the time they
marched back out again. Their program included whole group numbers, solos,
and Scottish dancers.
Band leader Glen Newton kept the beat as he watched the dancers,
many of whom wore World War II-era civilian and military garb..
Bass trombonist Keith Miner
(left), Mary Lou Peterman
and Glen Newton (right) sang the evening's vocals. Mary Lou dressed in the
WAC uniform that her mother wore during World War II.
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