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The New Columbia Swing Orchestra, led by Frank Guldseth, appeared at the Birchmere February 12. The band drew close to 200 people, mostly a young crowd, who got dance lessons in house before the gig and between sets.

   A sterling 15 member lineup included as primary soloists Guldseth, clarinet and alto; Dave Robinson, trumpet, Gary Gregg, tenor; Brooks Tegler, drums; Jim Lester, piano; and Dana Sanders, vocals.

   New Columbia presented a repertoire that included original Goodman band arrangements and a variety of swing sounds from the 30s-50s (including Shaw, Basie, and Ellington): ’S Wonderful, (Shaw version); String of Pearls (Goodman’s version, not Miller’s); Drummin’ Man (Gene Krupa); Jump Jive ’n Wail (Louis Prima); I’ve Got a Crush On You, Oomph Fa Fa (Goodman); Route 66, and many more.

   The band played in the “Town Square” area of the new Birchmere, which, it is reported, is spacious, upscale from the old Birchmere space, and has a fun atmosphere.
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