What A Delightful Evening At The 2009 Seniors Prom
Hosted by Cox Communications, the Seniors’ Prom is widely known as "The senior event of the year." The evening welcomes over 1000 seniors from all over Orange County and features the big band music of Johnny Vana’s “Big Band Alumni.” Past Masters of Ceremonies have included celebrity Betty White, Mickey Rooney, Stephanie Edwards, and Orange County Register's Jane Glenn Haas.
Did you know? - In the United States and Canada, a prom, short for promenade, is a formal (black tie) dance, or gathering of high school students. It is typically held at the end of senior year. In the United Kingdom, the term is more widely understood to be in reference to a season of classical concerts, or "proms," which have been held between the months of July and September since 1895 by the BBC. The British synonym for the North American event would be Leavers' Ball, Leavers' Dinner, Formal or, informally, Leavers' Do. This is closer to the Australian description, although in the UK, most schools have called the above events proms in imitation of the North American tradition. In Canada, Ireland, and Australia the terms Grad or Formal are most commonly used and the event is usually held for those graduating high school or middle school. In Ireland, the event is also known as the Debs, which is derived from Debutante.
Nancy and Vince hit the dance floor!
Sue and Paul
Keep that great music coming
Great music from these gentlemen
Did you know? - Johnny Vana and the Big Band Alumni play fantastic music!
Members of the Big Band Alumni have made history performing with many of the celebrated orchestras of the big-band era. The alumni are from the bands of Billy May, Woody Herman, Harry James, Freddy Martin, Bob Crosby, Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller, the Dorsey and Elgart brothers, Benny Goodman, Les Brown, Buddy Rich, Ray Anthony, Louie Bellson, Alvino Rey and many other notable bands.
The Big Band Alumni led by Johnny Vana continues to please concert audiences and swing dancers after 15 years of regular performances. The authentic swinging sounds of the 40's and 50's are still alive with the Alumni who continue to perform with the same passion of the era as intended by the songwriters and arrangers.
Johnny Vana and the Big Band Alumni have appeared at numerous concerts, corporate events, jazz festivals, major dances and on television. Its music has been heard on 365 jazz and swing radio stations across the U.S. and Canada, as well as on the BBC in London.
The band is so big we lost count of how many people.... 20 maybe?
The Queen And King Are Crowned
Our Queen is 101 years young!
The King is 99 year young!
Wow! Life is what you make of it!
Vince relaxing between dances
"Darn this fancy new technology!"
Time for the boys (Neal and Paul) to relax also!
Nita and Neal filled in for Vicky and Del who could not make the event this year
New folks we met... Mickey and Ken
We were right next to the band
Their singing was fantastic!