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I Could Have Danced All Night... Glenn Miller Orchestra to perform June 30 at Cragun’s

Web posted June 24, 2014
If you like dancing to big band music, or if you enjoy only listening, the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will be just the thing for you on Monday, June 30 at Cragun's Sports Centre. The event is a fundraiser for the Central Lakes Community Center for the Performing Arts (previously Central Lakes College Theatre).

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a social hour, with the Orchestra striking up their first notes at 7.

Patrick Spradlin, CLCCPA director, promises an evening filled with fun and, of course, big band music as only the Glenn Miller Orchestra can play. “We hosted the GMO in the college gymnasium a few years ago,” Spradlin said. “Over 300 people attended. They put on a really terrific show.”

Spradlin also noted the change in the organization name from Central Lakes College Theatre to the CLCCPA. “We have reorganized into an arts affiliate of the college. We have a board of advisors, we’re forming committees to assist with all the various tasks that need to be done, and we’ll be rolling out the new organization really soon.” He noted that under the CLCCPA banner are two separate functions: the community theatre (now being called Brainerd Community Theatre) and the Cultural Arts Series. “We’re still doing what we’ve always been doing: producing plays with local acting talent, and bringing in visiting guest artists in music, theatre and dance,” said Spradlin. “The money raised from this event will supplement the support we receive from the college, and the revenue we receive from ticket sales.”

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra continues the tradition of its founder, who dominated the music scene from the mid-1930’s until his untimely death in 1944. Performing under license of the Glenn Miller estate, the orchestra is the most sought after big band in the world today for both concert and dance engagements. The band consists of a music director, five saxophone players, four trumpeters, four trombonists, and three rhythm musicians (piano, drums, and bass). Also, there are two vocalists, one male and one female.

The Orchestra’s tour covers over a hundred thousand miles a year, working most nights 48 out of 52 weeks, playing nearly 300 dates. This will be the Orchestra’s only appearance in the state of Minnesota in 2014.

Spradlin notes that the event is in partnership with Cragun’s Resort. “We’ve worked very closely with the fine folks there to be able to present an evening that will be extraordinary,” he said. Cragun’s is offering a dinner special as part of the night, as well as a lodging package.

“We’ll have other special features that night, including a raffle for some terrific prizes, and some opportunities to dance with seasoned professionals,” Spradlin said. Michelle and Oscar Gonzalez of Spirit Movement Dance Studio will be on hand to entertain the crowd with their expert dance moves. “We’re also going to make available slots on each of their dance cards so that others can enjoy dancing with Michelle and Oscar,” said Spradlin.

Tickets for the event are available from the CLC Box Office at (218) 855-8199.

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