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The Springfield Armory, Big Band Concert

July 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In honor of the historic 1943 Benny Goodman Orchestra’s concert at this historic landmark that played such a crucial role during WWII. Bring a lawn chair, picnic supper and your dance shoes and join us outside on our historic grounds for our annual Big Band concert featuring Simply Swing on Saturday, July 13. Dance lessons begin at 5:30pm and the concert from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Admission is free.

Simply Swing features a swinging horn section, a dynamic rhythm section and wonderful vocals by Vivian LaRosa. Under the musical direction of drummer/composer/arranger Joe LaRosa,  Simply Swing specializes in recreating the music and memories of the Big Band and Swing eras.

Simply Swing’s cadre of talented musicians features veterans with more than 100 years of combined service in U.S. military bands. For this performance, Simply Swing has planned a number of favorites from the Benny Goodman library featuring Dan O’Brian on clarinet. Dan is a PhD candidate at the New England Conservatory.


July 13
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Springfield Armory National Historic Site
One Armory Square, Suite 2
Springfield, MA 01105
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(413) 734-8551