Put a little 'Swing' into your Independence Day weekend with Asheville Jazz Orchestra

    The Asheville Jazz Orchestra's 2nd Annual Independence Day Concert is Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church in West Asheville - Photo provided by: David Wilken, Asheville Jazz Orchestra

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The Asheville Jazz Orchestra is getting ready for its second annual Indpedence Day Concert.

    The concert on Sun. July 3 begins at 3 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church in West Asheville.

    The band will play patriotic arrangements in a big band style along with big band jazz from the WWII era.

    "My congregation at Trinity in West Asheville probably sent 150 young men, women, to World War II and the kind of jazz we're going to play on Sunday afternoon is that big band sound that was part of America during that period," said Pastor Rodney Hagans.

    While the concert is free, donations will be collected to benefit the Asheville Buncombe Christian Community Ministry and the education fund for the Asheville Jazz Council.

    The Asheville Jazz Orchestra has been playing together for about 10 years. The group consists of a 17-piece big band that plays in traditional swing style, but also does other styles of music as well.

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