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December 02, 2016
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‘Swing Era’ sound, community-style, historic setting

Hank Grilk, center, on tenor saxophone, is manager of the Moonlight on the Poconos Big Band.

The band is always looking for places to play and welcomes all to their rehearsals at the inn. “Have a great meal, enjoy the music, do some ballroom dancing or just listen,” said Hank, who will partner up for a go at the fox trot if you ask. “These people have been so gracious here. The room was filled with junk, but when they cleaned it out, they discovered the backdrop and the silhouettes of musicians on the stage.”

The band plays for free, but respectfully accepts donations to cover expenses such as transportation. “There aren’t too many big bands around anymore, but people still love it,” said Hank. “We intend to keep it alive as long as possible.” Visit www.moonlightonthepoconosbigband.com for more information.

Dance the night away

• Catch the band at its weekly rehearsal in the Historic Greeley Inn on Route 590, Greeley, PA (www.thehistoricgreeleyinn.com/index.html). A hearty buffet prepared by the Inn’s owners, Teodora and Adrian Saveanu, begins at 6 p.m., followed by the rehearsal from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Listen along as the band, filled with members from nearby communities, works out the kinks of various classics and also performs some of their most polished numbers.

• The band has upcoming gigs scheduled for June 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Highland Senior Center in Eldred, NY ($10 per person) and at Central Park in Honesdale, PA on July 14, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (free of charge).