Get Ready to Swing!

10/14/2011
Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
Fax: 678-891-2966   
Author: Rebecca Rakoczy   

For Immediate Release

Think of the Andrews Sisters and the Big Band sounds of Glenn Miller—Georgia Perimeter style. That’s the ticket for a star-spangled evening of dance and music as GPC presents a blast-from-the –past with a “Stage Door Canteen” honoring World War Two veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
The event will be in the Clarkston Campus gymnasium from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The dance features the Big Band sounds from the 1930s and 1940s swing era, by the 20-piece GPC Jazz Ensemble, directed by GPC music professor Greg McLean. Entertainment includes renditions of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” with the “Andrews Sisters,” aka—the singing trio of GPC math dean Dr. Margaret Ehrlich, GPC music professor Susan McEwen and GPC theatre professor Sally Robertson. There also will be a special “swing” dance performance to by the Decatur School of Dance troup, The Rug Cutters, to get everyone in the mood to jitterbug.

The dinner, which begins at 6 p.m., is a fundraiser to benefit the college’s Military Outreach Initiative. A special recognition program for WWII veterans will be included in the evening. Keynote speaker will be Brigadier General Jerry J. Bradford. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress 1940s style.

Proceeds from the event will the GPC Military Outreach Initiative. Currently, GPC has one of the largest populations of veterans in the USG’s 35 member schools. Counselors see almost 800 veterans each year.

The idea for  dinner dance to honor WWII veterans came from GPC History Professor Dr. Thomas Graham. “Because of the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served in World War II nearly 70 years ago, we are able to experience the unprecedented freedoms we enjoy today,” he says. “As the number of WWII patriots is rapidly decreasing, it’s important that we recognize their contribution to our country.”

While the college honors the WWII generation, it recognizes that many of their students are veterans of service in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts. The GPC Military Outreach Initiative’s goal is to help these students and their families become successful in earning their degrees. This benefit will help the college achieve that goal.

Tickets are $50 for the benefit dinner and dance; free for WWII veterans. Tickets for program and dance only are $10 for GPC faculty and staff. Students are admitted free to the program and dance with their GPC ID. Non-GPC students are $5. There will be concessions for sale during the dance. For tickets, go to ww.giving.gpc.edu or call 678-891-2555.