Saturday, May 4

Masterworks Chorale salutes the Big Band Era

by Joan Doggrell, Special to The Newnan Times-Herald


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The Les Still Band “Still Swinging” performs at the Dallas Theater on Feb. 21 with soloist Marty Martin. The band performs in Newnan May 4.

On May 4 at 7 p.m., the Masterworks Chorale is presenting “The Music of The Big Band Era.” The chorus will be joined by the Centre Young Masterworks Chorale and special guests Les Still and his “Still Swinging” band. 

The concert will be held in the Parish Hall of Newnan’s First United Methodist Church, 33 Greenville St. Tickets will be available at the door, or you can purchase them in advance from the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts or from a Masterworks choir member. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for senior citizens, and $5 for students with ID.

Founded just last fall by Director Millie Lanier Turek, the Centre Masterworks Youth Chorale (CMYC) has already performed twice with Masterworks at the Centre, most recently in their “Music in the Schools” celebration on March 24. Also in March, CMYC hosted the Spring Sing Fling, a festival celebrating local elementary school choirs.

Band Leader Les Still has loved big band music ever since the 1960s, when he watched Lawrence Welk on television. His formal training began with trombone lessons at age eight, which he put to use when he participated in the McEachern Junior High and High School band program as well as the Cobb County Honor Band and the Cobb County Trombone Choir.

Still holds a degree in music education from Jacksonville State University, where he played in the symphonic band, brass choir, trombone choir, jazz band, and also with the Marching Southerners and the Southerners Little Group. Upon graduation, Still directed the band at Cordova High School and Bankhead Junior High in Cordova, Ala., and later at Pebblebrook High School in Cobb County.

For the last 35 years Les has worked in the family business. He and wife Candy reside in western Cobb County.

They have two grown daughters and three grandchildren.

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