Swing Era to perform Friday


The Swing Era Band will perform a free concert on Sidney’s courtsquare Friday.

SIDNEY — The Sidney Civic Band will present a guest performance by the Swing Era Big Band, Friday, June 26, at 7 p.m. on the courtsquare.

In the event of rain, the concert will be at Connection Point Church of God, 1510 Campbell Road.

The Swing Era Big Band has been entertaining swing music fans and dancers throughout western and central Ohio for most of the past four decades. Started in 1975 by Andrew “Bud” Ledwith of Sidney, Swing Era has specialized in keeping the sounds of the golden age of swing music alive. This 16-piece band includes some of the finest musicians in Western Ohio. It performs a variety of big band and jazz arrangements of noted musical composers including Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, as well as big band arrangements of popular songs from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Joining the band as vocalists will be Mary Knapke and Sherri Heidemann.

The Connection Point Church of God Relay for Life Team will sell refreshments beginning 30 minutes prior to the concert. A Spot pie will be given to the winner of the Spot Pie Question, and a tray of baked goods from Sidney’s Bob Evans restaurant will go to a lucky fan.