Glass City Swing Band performs at Music in the Park

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Caryn Dettling sang a famous swing song on Aug. 10 when Glass City Swing Band performed at Boardman Park's Music in the Park series.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Clarinet player Diane Sheffler performed the solo for Benny Goodman's "Let's Dance" on Aug. 10 as a part of the Glass City Swing Band at Boardman Park's Music in the Park series.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Members of the Glass City Swing Band jammed out a popular swing tune at Boardman Park's Music in the Park on Aug. 10. Pictured from left (front) singer Caryn Dettling pianist Cherri Hull; (back) bassist Gene Hudak and drummer Danny Rosatti.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Glass City Swing Band performed "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller on Aug. 10 at Boardman Park for their Music in the Park series.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Glass City Swing Band's Don Stoner took the trumpet solo in Glenn Miller's "Tuxedo Junction" at Music in the Park at Boardman Park on Aug. 10.

By ZACK SHIVELY zshively@vindy.com

The Glass City Swing Band played at the Maag Outdoor Theatre in Boardman Park as a part of the park’s Music in the Park series on Aug. 10.

Many of the band’s members hail from Jeannette, Pa., a city known for glass manufacturing. Because of their origin, the band took the name Glass City Swing Band. The band includes 18 members and formed in 2009. They play many hit songs from the swing and jazz eras from the ‘20s up into the ‘60s.

The community showed up to see the group, as people sat on lawn chairs in small groups stretching from a few feet from stage back to the sidewalk. Some people had a concessions table where people could buy hot dogs, candy and drinks. Some children began to dance in front of the stage toward the middle of the band’s performance. Most of the crowd comprised of elderly couples, but there were also a number of families with children and younger people. The band also operates as a nonprofit organization dedicated to disabilities awareness and preserving the history of the swing era.

The band opened with the song “Jumping at the Woodside“ by the Count Basie Orchestra. They ended the first set with “Tuxedo Junction“ by Glenn Miller, and took short break before starting their second set with “Let’s Dance“ by Benny Goodman.

After the second set, singer Caryn Dettling began to introduce players from certain sections of the band. She finished naming the players in the break after the third set, which opened with “Man from Mars“ by Artie Shaw. The band also played the “Armed Forces Medley,“ and those in the crowd who had served in the military stood as their branch’s theme played. Other popular songs they played were Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood“ and Ella Fitzgerald’s “A-Tisket A-Tasket.“

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