2003-06-06 / Community

Dancing To The Big Band Sound On Tap At RMAC Fest

By Howard Schwach
Dancing To The Big Band Sound On Tap At RMAC Fest By Howard Schwach


The Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC) wants to entertain you by taking you back to World War II and the days of the "Big Band Sound" of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.

They will do just that on Saturday night, June 28 at 7 p.m., when Floyd Bennett Field swings to the music of George Gee and his orchestra, which usually performs at the prestigious Rainbow Room in Manhattan.

Nancy Vardakis, the coordinator of the event, promises that the audience will be surrounded by authentic, historic restored planes from the WW II era, and will relax and enjoy the musical offerings of both the Rainbow Room orchestra and the music of the Rockaway Theater Group as they perform such favorites as "Razzle Dazzle," "Luck Be A Lady," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Compay B," "God Bless America," and sounds from the Andrew Sisters.

"This will be an extraordinary evening," says Vardakis. "We will take you back to the 1940’s and allow you to dance the night away on the very grounds where such famous pilots as Earhard, Lindbergh, Post, Corrigan and Howard Hughes once walked."

This gala fundraiser will benefit a number of organizations in addition to the RMAC. Others who will benefit are the Rockaway Theater Group, HARP (Historical Aviation Restoration Project) and the Gateway National Recreation Area. Other sponsors of the show include the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, Peninsula Hospital Center, The Rockaway Museum, The Wave, Valentine Printing, Vardakis Associates and West End Realty.

As part of the festivities, the RMAC is asking those who will attend to send the organization memories of World War II for inclusion in a journal.

Vardakis asks those who remember the war, or who, as a youth, helped by collecting newspapers or tin cans or who remembers ration books or long lines for gas, to send their memories to USO Show – RMAC, PO Box 221, New York 11694, Attn. Nancy Vardakis.

Tickets for the show are $40. Those interested in reserving tickets or in further information should call 718-474-6740.


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