Confederate Air Force 1993 Spring Dance

Gunner chomping a cigar looks at us and growls "Dance."

The poster for the dance consisted of this picture and the following text:

The Confederate 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.

Side view of the band, from Glen out front back through three of the trumpets; Bill plays lead alto. 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.
Instrumentalists for the dance: Trumpet and flugelhorn players Kari Kuhn, Dan Menken, Mark Lee, and Bob Nielsen; trombonists Fred Christiansen, Rich Eyman, Ernie Scheidness, and Keith Miner; bassist Mike Wobig; guitarist Carl Berger; drummer Jim Foster; pianist Ann Booth; vibraphonist and trumpeter Glen Newton; tenor saxophonists Dick "Doc" Leisen and Glen Peterson; baritone saxophonist Tom Barth; and alto saxophonists Bill Pearson, Kay Foster, and Nancy Veerkamp. Due to schedule conflicts, Bill played lead alto sax for the first part of the evening and Kay played the part for the remainder of the dance.
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. Another view of the band, including the vibes, electric bass, and entire trumpet section; Kay plays lead alto.
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. Dressed in kilts and other traditional garb, the pipers and drummers stand in a circle to play inside the hangar.
Glen smiles and snaps his fingers. Band leader Glen Newton kept the beat as he watched the dancers, many of whom wore World War II-era civilian and military garb..
Keith holds the mic and gestures with his left hand. 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. Mary Lou and Glen sing a duet facing the camera.

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Carl Berger, guitar Fred Christiansen, second trombone Tom Barth, baritone sax Dick Leisen, second tenor sax Glen Peterson, lead tenor sax Ernie Scheidness, lead trombone Rich Eyman, third trombone Keith Miner, bass trombone Bob Nielsen, fourth trumpet Dan Menken, lead trumpet Glen Newton, band leader Bill Pearson, lead alto sax Mark Lee, third trumpet Mike Wobig, electric bass Kari Kuhn, second trumpet Dan Menken, lead trumpet Mark Lee, third trumpet Nancy Veerkamp, second alto sax The vibraphone that Glen Newton plays Dick Leisen, second tenor sax Kay Foster, lead alto sax Glen Peterson, lead tenor sax Carl Berger, guitar One of the two Crate speakers Fred Christiansen, second trombone Bob Nielsen, fourth trumpet Ernie Scheidness, lead trombone Rich Eyman, third trombone