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GFWC Concerts in the Park: Crabtowne Big Band

The Crabtowne Big Band, an 18 piece swing band that plays a little bit of everything, has been entertaining audiences in the Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington area since 1981. The band recreates music from the era of Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Count Basie Orchestras. It also performs big band arrangements of the music of modern pop stars as diverse as Lionel Ritchie, Bobby McFerrin, Barbra Streisand, and Brian Setzer. The band performs annually at the Severn Town Club's Holly Ball and has become a repeat attraction for the Washington Swing Dance Society, Washington Big Band Society and the AAC Cultural Arts Foundation's July 4th Star-Spangled Gala on the campus of AACC. In addition, the band has appeared at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Press Club In Washington, D.C. and has performed for functions at many of the major ballrooms in the Annapolis/Baltimore area. The band has also had the honor of playing with such well-known local artists as vocalist Ethel Ennis and jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli. Over the past several years, among several very fine acts, Crabtowne Big Band has been the featured entertainment on board the Liberty Ship S.S. John W. Brown, one of two surviving and fully functional Liberty Ships of the 2,700 built to carry cargo, troops, and supplies during World War II. The Crabtowne Big Band is built around a core of professional musicians. However, the majority of the band is made up of people from various other professions who just enjoy making good music together and sharing it with others. The band plays a wide variety of occasions and functions as follows: Big Band Dances, Wedding Receptions, Anniversary Parties, Class Reunions, Fund Raisers, Bull Roasts & Outdoor Concerts