Doug Makela of Aldergrove is the leader of The Other Big Band.

Doug Makela of Aldergrove is the leader of The Other Big Band.

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Fat City Swing is winding down its nine years of operation by hosting its favourite bands from over the years. One such band rounding out the season is 15-piece big band sensation, The Other Big Band, which performs on Friday, April 15 at the West Langley Hall, 9400 208th Street, Langley.

The Other Big Band first played for Fat City seven years ago to rave reviews and has continued to delight audiences every year with its classic swing tunes.  Bandleader, Doug Makela, an Aldergrove resident and jazz and swing aficionado, is a musical force to be reckoned with. Most of the musicians in The Other Big Band also reside in the Langley area and have been active in the music scene for a number of years.

Doug and his band have played all over B.C. and the U.S., performing at such prestigious festivals as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. The Other Big Band promises to spellbind their audience with a mix of classic swing tunes from the ’30s and ’40s.

Tickets will be available at the door for $15 general admission and $13 for students with valid ID.  Doors open at 7:30pm, an introductory East Coast Swing dance lesson will be offered promptly at 8:00pm with the band sweeping the stage from 9 till 11:30 p.m. This is an all ages event.

Only two more Fat City Swing nights follow this event, on May 15 and June 3, before the doors close.