USO/Swing Dancing In San Clemente

Great music & great friends

An Evening Of Swing

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013

The Rotary Club of San Clemente hosted their 21st Annual Music Festival by the Sea, this year presenting a Saturday night “Big Band / Swing Night” Dinner Dance event on Saturday evening, June 1st.

The renowned Mike Henebry Orchestra will treat the crowd of 250 to a fabulous trip down memory lane under the Mirrored Ball with “Big Band” Era Music by his orchestra and featured vocalist Jeff Gilbert! Dinner will be provided by Carbonara’s of San Clemente … and period attire is encouraged. (Doors open at 5:00, dinner at 6:00,
with music & dancing till 10:00)

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
It used to be called the "USO show"

Did You Know? - The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO Show) is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States troops and their families. Since 1941, it has worked in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), relying heavily on private contributions and on funds, goods, and services from various corporate and individual donors. Although congressionally chartered, it is not a government agency. The USO operates 160 centers worldwide.

During World War II, the USO became the G.I.'s "home away from home" and began a tradition of entertaining the troops that continues today. Involvement in the USO was one of the many ways in which the nation had come together to support the war effort, with nearly 1.5 million Americans having volunteered their services in some way. After it was disbanded in 1947, it was revived in 1950 for the Korean War, after which it also provided peacetime services. During the Vietnam War, USOs were sometimes located in combat zones.

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
45 minutes away from home

Did You Know? - Rotary International (also known as the Rotary Club) is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide.

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Remember Those Times And Those People

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013

We Went With Herb & Irene And Arrived At 5:00 To Save Twelve Seats

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Throw down anything you have and watch like a hawk

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
We did it....


Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
The band was beginning to set up their instruments

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Good evening all... ready for fun??

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
The crowd is beginning to show up

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Mary was attacked by a killer tomato (She said it was pole dancing)

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Did You Know? - Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1978 comedy horror film directed, produced, edited, scored and co-written by John DeBello and starring David Miller. The film is a spoof of B movies. Made on a budget of less than US$100,000, the story involves tomatoes becoming sentient by unknown means and revolting against humanity.

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
On a serious note.... Take care Miss Mary!
We need you back at 100% for the next dance!!

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Sue is a sucker for a man in uniform... and Gunny Fred looks good!

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Enjoying good company

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Momma Irene was taking care of things tonight.... We were in excellent hands

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
The band is in place.... About time for music

Sold Out! About 200+ Seated!

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
The Rotary served a Spaghetti dinner which everybody enjoyed....
Dinner was provided by Carbonara’s of San Clemente

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Nice crowd... So many familiar faces from places we dance

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Our table was protected by Garden Grove Marines - Jane and Pete joined us

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
The man needing protection

Let The Music Begin

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013

Did You Know? - The MIKE HENEBRY ORCHESTRA is a SWING ERA BIG BAND from the Southern California area. They play the swing music of the big bands and dance bands of basically, the years 1935-1948. They play big band jazz as well as the ballads and the sweeter side. In their incredible library of about 2100 charts, they have authentic arrangements from all of the major bands of the period: Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Jimmie Lunceford, Woody Herman, etc.

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Getting the Evil Eye

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Mike is in command

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Cornell consults with the band leader

Did You Know? - Many of the Arrangements are the Real McCoy! For example, over 300 of the Benny Goodman arrangements came from the actual Benny Goodman library. Many of the Artie Shaw charts were acquired directly from Mr. Shaw himself! In these cases, these are the "actual" arrangements used to make the famous hit recordings (not a facsimile or an approximation like most bands play). When you put top-caliber musicians behind the "actual" music, you get a sound that is nearly identical to the original!

The band recreates the sound of the bands that gave us what is generally considered to be the very best of the American popular music to date. Everybody still loves the music… In The Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Let's Dance, Marie, I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, Flat Foot Floogie, Tuxedo Junction, Begin The Beguine, A String Of Pearls, Boogie Woogie, Woodchoppers Ball, Little Brown Jug, Sing, Sing, Sing…

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Time for a song by Jeff Gilbert

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013

Did You Know? - Step back in time every weekday from 3 – 4 pm with Jeff Gilbert and The Young Old-Timers in “The Studio off The Main Studio”, a magical place called JEFF’S JOYNT, where people just show up. Visitors include Ronald Reagan, Billy Bob Thornton, James Mason, Joe Pesci, Bill Clinton, Boris Karloff, Truman Capote, Raymond Burr, George W. Bush, Howard Hepburn (Katharine’s nephew), Al Gore with the Inconvenient Weather Report, Veteran Reporter Nad Chasechip, George, the Alcoholic Pilot up in the KSVY 1937 Autogyro in the Sky, and a cast of thousands who drop by and share a drink made by our own Bartender, John, the Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia.

NOTE: The statis is on Sonoma Califonria but you can listen to it online at http://tunein.com/radio/Sonoma-Sun-FM-913-s45163/

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Herbie is out and about with Florence....

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
The "Gangster and his Moll"

Did You Know? - A gun moll (aka gangster moll) is the female companion of a male professional criminal. In some contexts, 'gun moll' more specifically suggests that the woman handles a firearm.

When the term came into usage in the first decade of the 20th century, "gun" was not derived from the firearm, but from the Yiddish word meaning "thief," variously transliterated into English as ganefthe, gonif, goniff, or ganof,[2] itself derived from Hebrew "Ganav" (גנב). However, this distinction gradually disappeared, especially when such women became associated with gangsters noted for their frequent use of guns.

"Moll" derives from "Molly", used as a euphemism for "whore" or "prostitute" and attested at least since 17th century England.

In the U.S., the term has mostly been applied to a woman associating with an American gangster of the 1920s and 1930s, and in most cases remarkable only because of his notoriety. Extended use of the term without awareness of the Yiddish root, however, has invited interpretations of "gun" as suggesting more than simply criminal associations.

Bonnie Parker and Blanche Barrow were gun molls in this stronger sense, and especially notable examples in general, because of their accompanying the rest of the Barrow Gang to the planned locations of violent crimes, and in Parker's case, apparently directly assisting at least to the extent of loading guns in the midst of shootouts.

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
""I'm a WHAT???"

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Red was the color on the memo!

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
The cameraman escapes.....

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Escaped from the desert....

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Definitely a "Don't Ask - Don't Tell" moment

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
This demonstrates a five gallon hat on a three gallon head!

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Frightening!!

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Looking good

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Get a room... Little devils

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Just checking in with dance friends from the Phoenix Club

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
She is off on a mission

It Is Getting Hot... Time For A Break

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
The doors were opened and cool air began to fill the room.... Yeah!

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
OMG... What is coming down the aisle???

Break Over... Time To Dance

Did You Know? - A dance marathon is an event in which people stay on their feet for a given length of time. It started as a popular fad in the 1920s and 1930s, when organized dance endurance contests attracted people to compete to achieve fame or win monetary prizes.

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Great dance floor... The entire floor

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Bon and Donna request a cha-cha

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Dancing lessons are given on the sidelines - Shirley tries to get Brian coordinated??

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Polka dots were a favorite material in the 1930's and 40's

Did You Know? - Polka dot is a pattern consisting of an array of filled circles, generally equally sized and spaced relatively closely in relation to their diameters. Polka dots are most commonly seen on children's clothing, toys, and furniture, but they appear in a wide array of contexts. The pattern rarely appears in formal contexts, however, and is generally confined to more playful attire

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Bob gets the evil eye this time

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
The MC gives us a hint about the next song... Pennsylvania 6-5000

Did You Know? - Many big band names played in the Hotel Pennsylvania's Cafe Rouge, including the Glenn Miller Orchestra.[4] The phone number became the inspiration for the Glenn Miller 1940 Top 5 Billboard hit of the same name, the music written by Jerry Gray and the lyrics by Carl Sigman, and released as RCA Bluebird 78 B-10754-A backed with "Rug Cutter's Swing".

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
"It would fit better if his head was a bit flatter"

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
"He is such a handsome devil"

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
"What do you think about this one??"

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Brian enjoys the fashion show...

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Such a dashing figure

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Donna explains to Brian how to walk with a hat on his head

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Donna hears a march... What will happen now?

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
1, 2, 3, 4

Did You Know? - In the military there are various standard paces. One step occurs on each beat. A pace is the length of one step (assumed to be 75 cm or 30"); do not confuse this use of "pace" with the ancient Roman unit of length (2 steps or 5 roman feet = 148 cm or 58").

  • Quick March: The basic mobility. 120 beats/min.
  • Double March: The basic run. 180 beats/min.
  • Highland March: Regiment-specific pace, 80 beats/min. when wearing kilts.
  • Rifles March: Regiment-specific pace, 140-beats/min. Like double-time, this is a rapid trot, with the rifle usually carried at the trail, not on the shoulder.
  • Slow March: Ceremonial pace, 40-60 beats/min.
  • Parade March: Usually seen combined with music, 120 beats/min. in the UK (except the Rifles who march at 140bpm), ~120 beats/min. in the USA and Russia
  • French Foreign Legion Pace: 88 beats/min
  • Paso Legionario: Specific march used by the Spanish Legion , 144 beats/min, embodiment of their "espíritu de marcha".
  • Typical German speed is 112 bpm.

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
She is off....

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
...and a salute to the band!

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Fantastic band and vocals this evening....

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Our table is NOT a bashful bunch

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Except for Herbie

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Herbie always gets the ladies....

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
"Perhaps I can hide the neck brace with a hat?"

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Donna has a better idea

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013
Herbie and Mary both have to be careful this evening

Swing dancing at San Clemente with the gang June 1, 2013