CHERRY CREEK - The 2013 Cherry Creek Summer Gazebo Concert Series continues today at 6:30 p.m. with music by Chautauqua Big Band Swing. The concert will be held in the gazebo of Memorial Park, located behind the town hall on Main Street in the village. The concert will be held rain or shine, and in the case of inclement weather, it will take place at the Pine Valley VFW, Route 83, in Cherry Creek.
Supper-type refreshments will be available, and concert attendees are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs for seating.
Chautauqua Big Band Swing is led by John Cross, instrumental music director at Cassadaga Valley Central School. In fact, most of the 15 members of the group are area music educators. The band plays a variety of music from the early swing era, to the newest arrangements of "standards" written for the big bands of the 1940s and early 1950s.
The music they perform was written for groups such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Artie Shaw among others. The band has had a long performance history in the area. It was originally known as the Stu Snyder Orchestra, then the Harold Olson Orchestra, The Germaine and Pappalardo Swing Band, Rick Lundquist's Chautauqua Big Band Swing, to its latest incarnation: Chautauqua Big Band Swing. They perform at various functions in the Jamestown area, along with summer concert series in Mayville, Celoron, Lakewood, Falconer, Randolph and Cherry Creek.
The 2013 Cherry Creek Summer Gazebo Concert Series is sponsored by the Cherry Creek Community Association Inc., and funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant program supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, area businesses, the town and village of Cherry Creek and community members.