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Ballroom dancing with the El Jebel Shrine Dance Band
March 24, April 28 and May 12, 2013 at the El Jebel Shrine Center

The El Jebel Shrine Dance Band invites the public for an afternoon of big band music and ballroom dancing on 3 Sundays this Spring, March 24, April 28 and May 12 from 2-4:30 pm at The El Jebel Shrine Center 4625 W. 50th Avenue in Northwest Denver. The Shrine's expansive ballroom features the best dance floor in Denver as well as plenty of seating from which to socialize and enjoy the music.

Admission is $5 per person, $10 per couple and children of any age are welcome free of charge. The suggested dress is business casual. Refreshments and a cash bar are also available. During band intermission, Dancing with Rita offers free group dance lessons for those who like to learn a variety of dance steps in a fun, comfortable atmosphere. Entrance fees covers administrative costs only and does not go toward the charitable mission of the organization

The "tea dance" is an afternoon or early evening dance originated in the 1880's in America and England as an added attraction of the afternoon tea held at hotel tea gardens. It was, reportedly, an opportunity for ladies and gentlemen to mix more freely. The afternoon dance grew in popularity during the 1920s and '30s and has endured as a sophisticated way to socialize.

This 16 piece all volunteer big band started playing together in 1994 and enjoys entertaining people of all ages with dance and pop music at a variety of public and Shrine sponsored events. They are proud to have recently played a live in-studio performance on Denver's KUVO 89.3 FM during a recent pledge drive. The group consists of 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, piano, bass, and drums. 2 vocalists are also part of the ensemble. The band is part of the El Jebel Shrine however, not all members are Shriners. The band is always looking for new members for the group and welcomes those who are interested to contact them.

Individual members are listed with their profession as follows: Director Marv Feldman, retired band director and director of Colorado Civil War Band; George Moreno, Tenor Sax and math teacher at Jefferson High School; Dick Hays, Alto Sax, and Retired high school band director; Gary Buss, Alto Sax, elementary school music teacher and professional musician for the Denver Performing Arts Center; Beth Johnson, Tenor Sax, middle school band director; Mike Trevathan, Baritone Sax and Owner of Rocky Mountain Volvo Service; John Sells, Trombone, Author and Retired Insurance Salesman; Steve Munsinger, Trombone and Jefferson County Judge; John Ray, Trombone, Vocals and Computer Engineer; Tom Soto, Trombone and owner of internet and telephone service contractor; The trumpet section includes Mike Alonzo, math teacher at Chatfield High School, Mike Haliburton, retail clothing, Norm O'Kelly, and Larry Rudnicki; Purnell Ortez, Bass player, construction; Monte Thorin, percussion, professional drummer, sound engineer, Melody Buss, Vocals. Pete Hyland plays guitar and sings vocals.

The band is also available for hire to play at weddings and other events. Contact Michael Trevathan for more information 303-548-0945. For more information on the local El Jebel shrine visit www[dot]eljebelshrine[dot]org. The dance band can be found on Facebook at www[dot]facebook[dot]com/ElJebelShrineBand.


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