Swingin’ End to Veterans Day

On Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m., join The Notables Swing Band, Betty Berger and The Harmonettes for a special concert at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend honoring military veterans.

Enjoy an evening of “golden oldies” from the Big Band era when swing ruled the dance floors and the airwaves. The Notables are nearly two dozen local musicians and singers, led by Marvin Thomas, a lifelong trumpet player.

“Our players come from all walks of life,” said Thomas. “The group is like a big family, and we consider veterans an essential part of that family.” Member John Aklonis added, “Most of us are veterans, or have a son, daughter or grandchild in the service. That’s why this celebration and fundraising event is very important to us.”

Betty Berger’s vocals, backed by the 17-piece Notables Swing Band, take you back to the days of singers like Doris Day, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald. The Harmonettes (Shelley Maurice-Maier, Sally Graber, and Sherie Neff) are all charter members of the Central Oregon Mastersingers, and formed the trio because of a mutual love of the nostalgic tunes and close knit harmonies of the 1940’s.

“Last year this show filled the Tower, so get your tickets and come swing with us!,” said  Jodie Barram, Director of Major Giving for the Tower Theatre Foundation. “We’re thrilled that the concert this year will raise funds for Central Oregon Veterans Outreach and Central Oregon Veterans Ranch.”

Tickets cost$8/$13/$18, plus a $2 Historic Theatre Preservation Fee. Veterans can buy one ticket and get one free using the code ‘SWING’. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online (

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