The Classic Big Band

The Classic Big Band is an organization of professional musicians and dedicated amateurs that plays at various locations in and around the Twin Cities. The Classic Big Band and The Nostalgics vocal quartet were featured at the 2001 and 2002 Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, Iowa.

In June, 2002, the Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics Vocal Quartet released their first CD, Sing It! Swing It!, with 17 songs, including "Elmer's Tune," from whose lyrics the CD title is derived.

Business card for The Classic Big Band and The Nostalgics Quartet.

Praise for the Classic Big Band:

"After hearing the Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics at the 2001 Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, I wrote to a friend in England, the secretary of the Glenn Miller Appreciation Society.
I told him that your band was by far the best I had ever heard in recreating the sound of the original Glenn Miller band."

--- Ken Tidwell, Belen, New Mexico

The brass, saxes, guitar and drums of the band.
The band performed at the Richfield American Legion on Veteran's Day, 2000. Guitarist James Allen is in the center, with drummer Dick Reimer at the left.
Glen smiles at the camera while Donna concentrates on a bass line. Glen Newton, piano, and Donna Furst, string bass, rounded out the rhythm section.
The Nostalgics sang with the Classic Big Band at the St. Paul Radisson City Center Ballroom on New Year's Eve, 2002. The quartet sings.

The Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics perform regularly at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1114 West 79th Street in Bloomington. They also perform at the Wabasha Street Caves and the Medina Ballroom. For schedule updates, check their web site ( or call the Nostalgics information line: (612) 827-3173.

Special WWII USO and 1940's Hit Parade shows are available. For booking information, call band leader Dan Odegaard: (651) 633-0239.

To order Sing It! Swing It!, which features such classics as Chattanooga Choo Choo, Sleepy Lagoon, Take It, I've Got You Under My Skin, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Why Don't You Do Right, Traffic Jam, and many more, call Reeves or Sandy Cary at (612) 861-4907 or email

This page was last updated
Friday, February 07, 2020.

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