Couples take to the floor during the 2017 Big Band Ballroom Dance at Wallace State Community College. The 2018 Big Band Ballroom Dance will be held on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. Admission is $15.

Couples take to the floor during the 2017 Big Band Ballroom Dance at Wallace State Community College. The 2018 Big Band Ballroom Dance will be held on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. Admission is $15.

 

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The Wallace State Jazz Band will continue its long tradition of hosting its Big Band Ballroom Dance on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 7 p.m., at the Burrow Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

“We enjoy seeing a lot of familiar faces during this event,” said Ricky Burks, director of the Jazz Band and the Wallace State Community College Music Department. “We have people who come back every year to dance and those who just love to listen to the music and watch the dancers. We welcome anyone who wants to come by and take a turn on the floor or just enjoy the music.”

The students who make up the Wallace State Jazz Band come from programs all across campus. Being a music major is not a requirement for joining the band, though auditions are required.

By section, band members include, on saxophone, Kyle Hays of Fairview, Kimberlyn Compton of Vinemont, Aaron Pipes of Cullman, Lacy Hendrix of Albertville, Gage Swann of Hanceville; on trumpet, Gracie Bailey of Fairview, Becky Finley of West Point, Blake Driver of Vinemont, Sudeth Woodard of Cleveland; on trombone, Daniel Leach of Hanceville, Bayle Mallon of Cleveland, Ady Contreras of Blountsville; rhythm section, Jessica Webster of Fultondale on piano, Brooke Sinyard of Crane Hill on piano and vocals, Cayla Bagwell of Arab on bass, and Thomas Baker of Vinemont and Jarod Boike of Cullman on drums.

Admission is $15, which goes to help students pay for their spring trip to Branson, Missouri.

“We appreciate all the support we receive each year,” Burks said.