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City Band to hold its annual stage concert tonight at Turner Hall
Photo supplied Performing are guitarist Ben Ulman and pianist Ashley Wegmueller, two musicians from the Monroe City Band.
MONROE - The Monroe City Band will perform classic selections from the Swing Era at the annual Stage Band Concert at 7 p.m. today in historic Turner Hall, 1217 17th Ave., Monroe.

The public is welcome, and there is an admission charge of $7. This is the City Band's sole fundraiser, and the group uses the funds to repair equipment and purchase new equipment.

This year's concert, entitled "As Time Goes By," will feature Justin Pasch as the host for the performance and Lana Crandall as the featured vocal soloist. Under the direction of Brian Bruggeman, a selection of Big Band classics will be performed. The band will be featuring standard classics like "It Don't Mean a Thing" popularized by the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Harry James released a chart-topping version of the ballad "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)" in 1941, which the stage band will perform. Other favorites include Glenn Miller's "String of Pearls," George and Ira Gershwin's "Embraceable You," "When I Fall in Love" by Victor Young and Edward Heyman and the Benny Goodman classic "Sing, Sing, Sing."

Lana Crandall, a native of Stockton, Illinois, will be the featured vocal soloist and will sing time-honored favorites such as "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Bei Mir Bist du Schon," and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

The current version of the Monroe City Band was organized in 1949 by the late Allan F. Barnard with the mission to provide music to the Green County area.