We are a group of experienced musicians that have joined forces to perform swing dance and big band music that entertained The Greatest Generation during the 1930's and 1940's. Our 16 piece arrangement offers a rich sound and transports the audience back in time. Available for weddings, parties, fundraisers, and corporate functions.
Sad news out of Los Angeles this afternoon…Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters, has passed away from natural causes at her Northridge, CA home. She was 94 years old.
Together with her sisters LaVerne and Maxene, The Andrews Sisters were arguably the most popular group of the 1930’s and 1940’s and the most influential all-female group in history. Their energetic performance style fit in perfectly with the new swing music craze.
The trio was known for volunteering enormous amounts of time to entertain World War II troops. They recorded Victory Discs (or V-Discs) for distribution only to the Allied troops and made appearances on shows like “Command Performance”, “Mail Call”, and “G.I. Journal”.
Patty married Walter Weschler, pianist and conductor for the sisters, in 1952 and he later became her manager. Walter passed away in 2010. They had no children. Patty is survived by her foster daughter, Pam DuBois.
Patty, LaVerne, and Maxene Andrews will certainly be missed, and their mark on swing music is indelible.
It is a simple, universal truth: everyone loves chocolate! Nestle produced the ration chocolate that was sent to our military personnel overseas during World War II. They launched a corresponding ad campaign during the early 1940′s which re-branded their products in an intriguing way, centered on the ongoing conflict overseas:
Chocolate was no longer merely a special delicacy and treat. No, chocolate was the very fuel powering our soldiers! Concentrated nutrition! “It supplies the biggest amount of nourishment in the smallest bulk”, as penned by famous war journalist Ernie Pyle according to one ad. A handy nutrition chart shows that 1 Nestle milk chocolate bar provides more calories than 1 medium broiled lamb chop, 1 8 oz glass of milk, 2 eggs, or 2 slices of bread!
Details regarding how soldiers were receiving and using chocolate rations also attempted to justify shortages of the coveted product back home. “If your dealer is sometimes out of Nestle’s chocolate and EverReady cocoa, here’s why…”.
The campaigns appears to have been successful, and further secured Nestle as an iconic American brand.
Do you know of any other interesting ad campaigns from the World War II era? Sound off in the Comments below!
We have booked our first two public performances for 2013! SCB will return to Veterans Memorial Hall in Rockford, IL on 3/16/2013 for another great night of music! Come and see the debut of our new male vocalist, Frank. The Mary J. Harris swing band will perform from 6:30-7:30 pm, and we’ll perform from 8 pm – midnight. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, as a fundraiser for the Veterans Memorial Hall.
On 7/25/2013, we will make our debut at Veterans Memorial Park in Grafton, WI as part of the Grafton Area Live Arts (GALA) Summer Concerts In The Park series. The concert will run from 6:30-9:30 pm. There is no charge for admission.
We are VERY excited about what 2013 has in store for us! Stay tuned as we bring our music to new venues, work with brides to make their special day magical, and bring new content to our website – including stories about swing band musicians and World War II era history.
We would like to thank Midway Village Museum for inviting us to perform at the USO Dance as part of their World War II Days reenactment event on 9/22/2012. Thank you to all of the incredible dancers for making our performance so much fun! We had a blast!