Moonlight Swing Living History Big Band
The Moonlight Swing Living History Big Band was established in 1996 as a non-profit historical organization whose chartered mission is to keep the memory and music of Glenn Miller and the Great Big Band Era alive for all to enjoy. Our band is comprised of 19 volunteer musicians from the Greater Sacramento, CA area. Each of our performances takes the audience on a musical journey down memory lane from the 1930’s to the early 1950’s which was considered by many to be one of the golden ages of American swing dance music.
Besides doing public performances the band is available for hire for private events like weddings, birthdays, corporate parties, fund raisers, etc. We offer every client the flexibility of performing attired in our white dinner jackets or our vintage Army Air Corps uniforms of WWII.
Our Musical Director Terry Shane originally joined Moonlight Swing on the Baritone Saxophone. He convinced his wife Chris to also join the band as our female solo vocalist. Terry works full time as an Elementary Musical Specialist and despite his own busy professional schedule still manages to find time to improve the quality of our sound, knowledge and overall musical standards. While continuing the the traditional swing repertoire established by previous directors, Terry is committed to increasing Moonlight Swing’s extensive music library.
Our lead male vocalist and “master of ceremonies” is Larry Sikorski. In addition to singing with Moonlight Swing, Larry frequently performs as a solo singer for a variety of venues in the Sacramento region. Larry also manages our mailing list to keep our devoted fans informed of all of our upcoming performances. If you would like to be included in our mailing list, send an email to MoonlightSwing@yahoo.com.
I SUSTAIN THE WINGS
The logo and phrase "Sustineo Alas" on our music stands was the motto of the Army Air Corps Technical Training Command during World War II. “Sustineo Alas” roughly translates as: "I Sustain the Wings", or "Keep 'Em Flying". “I Sustain the Wings” was also the title of the radio program that was broadcast weekly on Saturday on NBC from 1943 to 1944 by the Army Air Corps Technical Training Command Band under the direction of Captain Glenn Miller.