EDUCATION OUTREACH PROGRAMS

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WESTERN SWING: LEARNING U.S. HISTORY THROUGH MUSIC

Western Swing: Learning U.S. History Through Music, is a 30-40 min presentation that takes students on a musical journey through our Nation’s heartland. The story of the “Dust Bowl” migration and it’s impact on California culture and beyond is told through song and multi media presentation.

Topics covered include:
• John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”
• The Dust Bowl migration
• The state of our Nation 1920-1960
• Cowboy Songs, Hollywood and the “Singing Cowboy” • Jazz and it’s connection to Country Music
• Okie Culture and how it shaped California

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The Midwestern Swing is a Cincinnati based Western Swing band rooted in the tradition of Western Swing and Jazz. They will be on tour in New York playing at “The Flurry” festival in Saratoga Springs NY Feb 12th-14th 2016, presenting concerts and educational programs, along with performances in New York City. To learn more about and hear The Midwestern Swing please visit: www.themidwesternswing.com

“The Midwestern Swing remind us that swing music at heart is just plain fun. These guys know how to arrange, solo and lay down a great swing groove. A well thought-out trio with their own take on western swing.” JOHN ELY (ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL)