Two enthusiastic audiences gave Swingmania standing ovations, October 23, when the
Henry County Arts Council brought their Big Band sound to Christ United Methodist, Napoleon.
Typical of the
comments were, “I couldn’t stop tapping my feet!”, “Both vocalists were outstanding!”,
“The buffet dinner was a perfect ending to our afternoon,” and “When are you bringing them back?”
popular was the original Les Brown arrangement of “Sentimental Journey,” chosen by northwest Ohio in an on-line
vote as the favorite of the era. The Henry County Chorale, under the direction of Janet Lyne, sang favorites
in pre-concert sets for both shows.
The anticipated “Over 40” crowd was in fact sprinkled with
younger listeners curious to know what had so excited their parents and grandparents about the sound of “Swing.”
“It didn’t take them long to find out,” remarked Council President Katie Meyers. “They
loved it, too.”
Based on the successful response to the initial program, the Council is planning to extend
an invitation to Manager Jeff McDonald to bring his music makers back in 2012.