By Paul Collins

Bandleader and vocalist, Michael Andrew, brings his 18-piece Atomic Big Band to Celebration on Saturday, January 18 at 7 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church.

Big Bands and swing music were wildly popular in the first half of the twentieth century. Folks loved dancing to the jazz influenced music that came from New Orleans.

Bands were typically made of three trumpets, three saxophones, three trombones and a rhythm section. Band leaders were typically musicians and the band would normally have a star singer. Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald are among the famous singers who fronted big bands.

Michael Andrew is both the band leader and singer. He was the band leader at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center for several years and was the lead singer at Merv Griffin’s Coconut Club in Hollywood. He also has composed and performed music for several motion pictures including Inglorious Bastards and Heart Breakers. Michael Andrew will definitely have you swinging in your seats or up on the dance floor.

Opening for Michael Andrew will be the Celebration High School Jazz Band. You won’t want to miss hearing this talented group of local students.

Individual tickets are available to this concert for $30 ($10 for students and teachers) at the Celebration Foundation office at 610 Sycamore Street, Suite 110 in Celebration or at celebrationfoundation.org/events. They can also be purchased at the concert.