2003-05-30 / Community

Rainbow Room Band To Play at RMAC USO show

Rainbow Room Band To Play at RMAC USO show


The Rockaway Music and Arts Council has announced that the George Gee Orchestra, which is a fixture of the prestigious Rainbow Room restaurant in Manhattan, will be playing at their USO extravaganza "Rendezvous with History" event at Floyd Bennett Field on Saturday June 28.

"We specialize in making everyone happy," George Gee, the orchestra’s conductor explains.

Gee started the band while a student at Carnegie Mellon University, and it includes veterans of the Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington Orchestras. Numerous successful national and international tours, plus appearances on Live from Lincoln Center, Good Morning America, and The Regis and Kelly Show have followed. Their specialty is swing, but they also enjoy mambo, and have been known, on request, to play a respectable waltz. Once a frequent act at Rockefeller Center, they also have the distinction of being the first American big band act to appear in Tokyo.

The event will be a celebration of the history of aviation. There will
be eleven WWII planes that are
currently undergoing restoration, which the guests will be able to view and learn about. Residents are encouraged to submit memories about the presence of the airfield nearby and World War II in general, which will be included in a commemorative booklet to be handed out during the night. Everything will be sponsored by the RMAC, the Rockaway
Theater Company and the Histo-
ric Aviation Restoration Project (HARP).

Tickets are $40. For reservations call 718-474-6760.


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