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The Orlando Big Band is back at the beautiful Athens Theatre in DeLand on Monday, Dec. 23, with their swingin’ “Holiday Favorites” show.

Join us, along with Bing, Rosemary, Cab, Glenn, Artie and Benny, for some of the greatest holiday hits of all time. These songs will bring this magical season to life with classic selections from the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Don’t miss this great performance that will have you dancing in your seat and wanting to sing along.

Established in 2012, this 19-member ensemble is a true representation of the bands of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. The Orlando Big Band began with the purpose of re-creating the live music of the big-band era with all the little details, and has been wowing audiences ever since with their dedication to the swingin’ classics that pulled America through some of the toughest years on record.

This impressively large band brings back the vintage sound and great tunes of Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway and many others in true form. Having transcribed the music from the originally pressed Decca and Bluebird recordings, each melody is an audio re-creation of the original live performance.

The Orlando Big Band’s director and founder Bennett Harmon’s passion for this music is evident in all the extra little steps he has taken to perfect their performances. Because the band re-creates as much as possible of the original inflections and dynamics, each tune takes on a life of its own. This very talented group of musicians puts on a show that could rival the originals.

Sporting an ensemble of 19 musicians, four featured vocalists, and an Andrews Sisters tribute, it is no wonder they have become one of the most active and sought-after bands in Florida.

The Orlando Big Band’s “Holiday Favorites” performance is one night only, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at the historic Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave. in Downtown DeLand.

Tickets cost $25 for preferred reserved seating (first five rows center orchestra and first two rows center balcony); $22 for adults; $20 for senior citizens and veterans; and $10 for children. A $3-per-ticket processing charge and 6.5-percent sales tax will be added to each purchase.

All tickets will be available online at the Athens Theatre website at www.AthensDeLand.com, or by calling the box office at 386-736-1500. Box-office hours are 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, and one-and-a-half hours before live performances.


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