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Beasley’s Big Band
October 29 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$10 Admission/$5 Student with current ID. Doors open 15 minutes before music.
Beasley’s Big Band is a 19 piece big band dedicated to preserving the classic style of the Count Basie Orchestra. The majority ofits musical library was custom arranged by the band’s founder and original musical director, Chuck Beasley. Founded in 1991, Beasley’s Big Band has played many different venues for a variety of audiences, ranging from corporate parties and ballroom dances, to intimate club dates and charity functions. Current venues include O’Gara’s Bar & Grill and the Wabasha Street Caves.
Chuck Beasley was the band’s founder, leader, lead alto sax player, and chief musical arranger. The band’s classic big band sound can be attributed to Chuck, who started arranging for big bands in the 1940s.
Chuck played in big bands professionally after leaving the Air Force at the end World War II. He was also an experienced music educator with over 20 years of teaching experience. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from the University of Minnesota. Chuck has also studied at the Doctoral level at North Texas State University. The band mourned the loss of Chuck to cancer in February of 2010.
Carmin Pluntz is the band’s musical director and lead alto sax player. Carmin was a long time member of the band before taking on directing duties. Previously Carmin was the founder and musical director for CJ’s Big Band. Carmin
received her B.A. in music from University of MN – Morris, and her Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy the University of Northern Colorado.
Courtney Burton is the band’s featured vocalist. In addition to singing with Beasley’s Big Band, Courtney has her own group, Court’s in Session, which plays locally at clubs across the Twin Cities. Courtney began singing in college and currently studies at the McPhail School of Music under jazz vocalist Vicky Mountain.
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Business Manager: Jim Hoar (651) 645-4951