The Thunder Mountain Big Band is slated to perform Dec. 5 after Gallery Walk at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. This performance is one of the scheduled events leading up to the 50th Anniversary of Statehood the to be celebrated during the first weekend of January, 2009.
Story last updated at 11/25/2008 - 4:36 pm
JUNEAU - Don't forget your dancing shoes when you head out for Gallery Walk on Dec. 5. In addition to the special events planned by local merchants and galleries for the community, there will also be Big Band music to top off the night.
The Thunder Mountain Big Band will perform from 8-10 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center to help end in the evening in style.
Capital City Celebrations will co-sponsor this musical event with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Councils as part of the Alaska 50th Anniversary of Statehood festivities.
The Thunder Mountain Big Band, led by trumpeter Ron Maas, is composed of eighteen musicians, including clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion, string bass and piano. They play a wide variety of favorites, including swing, jazz, Latin and waltzes. Vicki Van Fleet is the featured vocalist. The band has been together for at least ten years and followed the Mel Flood Big Band
Leader Ron Maas grew up with big bands in Wisconsin, and played in the Air Force Band in Washington D.C. After military service he joined the Clyde Lee Big Band and other bands that traveled from town to town in "midnight buses." Maas then led a quintet, and decided to drive up to Alaska with the quintet, strapping the string bass to the top of a Cadillac. They arrived in Alaska in 1960, just after Statehood.
Admission for the performance will be $10 for adults and $5 for student and seniors. Those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets will be available at the door or at www.jahc.org.
Capital City Celebrations will also be selling 50th Anniversary of Statehood medallions, posters, pins, and wine glasses at the event.