Sonoran Swing Orchestra Performs This Sunday

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Join the Sonoran Swing Orchestra for an afternoon of music this Sunday, April 25.

To raise funds for the Payson Institute of Learning, the concert is planned for 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 25 at the Payson High School auditorium.

The 23-piece group, with vocalists Gary Cordell of Payson and Mary Gilbert, will present music from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Some songs in the program will be Straighten Up and Fly Right; S’ Wonderful; String of Pearls; What Kind of Fool am I; How High the Moon; and many more.

The Sonoran Swing Orchestra was originally the Motorola Dance Band and played charity events throughout the state. It became a nonprofit in 2000. The group has performed in Payson numerous times, providing the music for the popular Black & White Ball fund-raiser for the Mogollon Health Association; participating in the summer Concert Under the Stars series in Green Valley Park; and entertaining revelers at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino’s New Year’s Eve celebration in 2007.

The concert is being produced by Ken Brooks, who is now also administrator for the Payson Institute of Learning. Proceeds will help the institute launch its Life Long Learning program in mid-September, Brooks said.

Tickets are $18 and may be purchased at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main St., Payson.

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