This year I’ve been playing my trumpet with a jazz group consisting of mostly high-schoolers. The director of this group plays saxophone with the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, a big band that plays around the Glen Echo Park area.
This year, they are featuring some younger jazz groups in an attempt to keep the swing music movement alive. Since the director of the group I play in knows Tom Cunningham, we got the opportunity to play at the Glen Echo Ballroom while a bunch of people were dancing.
It was a very interesting experience and environment. The TCO is very good, first of all, and it’s fun to watch all the different dance types going on. There was also a swing dance lesson before the actual dance began, which was worthy of observation. People of all ages were there, but it was especially fun to watch the really old people. They knew all the steps and somehow it was just nice seeing them dressed up and out dancing.
The Glen Echo Park itself is an interesting place. It has been around since the 1930’s, I believe, and it has a carousel, some shops, and lots and lots of dance classes and dance time with live bands in the Spanish Ballroom. You can choose ballroom dancing, swing, Cajun, blues, and more!
Overall, it was a really fun night and a great opportunity!
(We are the guys with the red shirts in the lower right corner).