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20190313 Swing street group photo steveThe Swing Street Big Band is keeping big band music alive and their recent pairings with local high schools will be a lesson that musicians can perform for a long time.

McAllen High School will be hosting a Jazz Festival Saturday, March 16 in the school auditorium at 2021 LaVista Ave. The festival will feature jazz bands from McAllen High School, Memorial High School and the Swing Street Big Band.

This is the second partnership show between McAllen schools, the first performance was with Swing Street Band and McAllen Rowe High School last month.

Music will start at 5 p.m. with the high school jazz bands performing, followed by light refreshments before the Swing Street Big Band “Tribute to the Big Band Era” at 7 p.m. Swing Street Big Band is a 17-piece show/dance orchestra that is made up of band directors who currently teach in the Rio Grande Valley and retired band directors; some are Winter Texans from the Midwest.

Swing Street Big Band is made up of 18 very talented musicians from here in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, including vocalist Connie Crowell. Most are local active or retired band directors. The jazz band and big band styles of music come from the blend of saxophones, trumpets and trombones, plus piano, bass, drums, and guitar made popular by the bands of yesteryear and whose sounds have influenced bands still performing today.

Admission is $10 per person and tickets may be purchased in advance by calling McAllen High band director Bobby Salazar at (956) 369-2397. Tickets will also be available at the door on a first come/first serve basis and will entitle the ticket holder to attend all or any part of the festival.

For more information about Swing Street Big Band and the Jazz Fest, visit their website at www.SwingStreetRGV.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SwingStreetRGV

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