110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Big Band Hangar Dance will recreate World War II era
By Jack Fortes
posted Oct 22, 2008 - 2:14:11pm
The music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman will be heard once again at the 17th annual Big Band Hangar Dance, planned this year from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Jet Center Hangar on the DeLand Municipal Airport.
The dance will feature the sounds of the Joe Mose Big Band and is billed as “A Tribute to the Big Bands.” Those attending will be able to dance to the popular swing music and compete for prizes for best jitterbugs and best waltz.
The Hangar Dance began in 1992, sponsored by the City of DeLand, as a way of recognizing the opening of the DeLand Naval Air Station 50 years earlier, in 1942. Since 1995, the dance has been sponsored by the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum.
It attracts dozens of young and old members of the community, many of whom dress in 1940s attire. Some veterans come in their uniforms.
Trumpeter Joe Mose is well-known in Daytona Beach and throughout Central Florida, having played with his quartet and big band for a number of organizations and events. This will be the fourth year the band has played for the Hangar Dance.
A native of the Philadelphia-South Jersey area, Mose started at age 18 playing with leading orchestras in the Northeast. Later, while he was in charge of the 3rd Air Force Band, it was considered one of the finest bands in the service.
Returning home from military duty, Mose organized his own band and played the finest ballrooms, country clubs, proms and other social affairs in the Philadelphia area.
Since moving to Florida, he has assembled the most talented and experienced musicians to form the Joe Mose Quartet and the Joe Mose Big Band.
Tickets to the Hangar Dance cost $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. Eight tickets and a reserved table cost $125. Tickets are on sale at the following locations in DeLand: Family Book Shop on North Woodland Boulevard, The Muse Book Shop and Stetson Flower and Gift Shop in Downtown DeLand, and the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum, 910 Biscayne Blvd., on the airport. Call (386) 738-4149 for more information.
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