Swingtime performs

Trumpeter Steve Pettit leads Swingtime Big Band in a show at The Crescent Lounge in Killeen. The group performs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lions Club Park Senior Center.

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Killeen’s Swingtime Big Band will headline the covered-dish supper and dance Thursday at Lions Club Park Senior Center. It will be the first performance for the community based nonprofit swing band at the center.

“We’ve played at the Bob Gilmore center since February 2010,” bandleader Steve Pettit said. “It will be exciting to perform at Lions Club Park and perform our Christmas music along with classics from the big-band era.”

Swingtime Big Band is made up of college students, music educators, and full- and part-time professional musicians. “We’ve performed all over the Central Texas area,” Pettit said. “But Killeen is our home base. We rehearse every Monday at Hillside Ministries, play twice a month at The Crescent Lounge and feel the most connected to our audience right here at home in Killeen.”

The band’s Christmas engagements include a dinner and dance for the city of Temple at the Frank Mayborn Center on Tuesday, The Crescent Lounge on Dec. 15 and private parties.

“Our vocalists, Ashley Hill and Jillian Malone have been a terrific addition,” Pettit said. “Whether it’s ‘Sentimental Journey,’ ‘At Last,’ or ‘Hit The Road Jack,’ our singers always get a great audience response.”

Debbie Edwards, manager for the Killeen senior centers, said her decision to book Swingtime was made when she saw the band in October.

“Their performance was outstanding, and I was impressed by the professionalism,” Edwards said. “I’d been hearing good things about Swingtime for quite a while, and once I actually saw their show, it was obvious that they should appear at Lions Club Park.”

The covered-dish supper starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, with the dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $4 per person, and those attending are asked to bring a favorite covered dish. Tea, coffee, paper products and cake will be provided.

Lions Club Park Senior Center is at 1700-B E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen. For more information, call (254) 463-2852.

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