Angels of the Arts to present “Big Band Swing Thing”

Guests enjoy dancing to the music played by Saddleback College’s Big Band, directed by jazz studies instructor (and trombonist) Joey Sellers. (courtesy of Nina Welch)

MaryAnne Shults

Fans of 1940s-era swing music, get out your dancing shoes and your swing attire.

The “hep cats” from the 17-piece Saddleback College Big Band are “frisking the whiskers” getting ready to put on the jive and get the jitterbug started on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Student Services Center, Room 212.

Joey Sellers, trombonist and the college’s director of jazz studies, will join the band. In addition, dance students will provide entertainment with vocal and dance performances, choreographed by Marji Himes.

The festivities will include beer, wine, appetizers, taxi dancers, opportunity drawings, and other surprises of the era.

Tickets are $25 each or bring your dance partner and get two tickets for $40. For those who come stag, taxi dancers will be available for $1 per dance. Purchase your tickets by calling 949-582-4656 or buy online at

The event, courtesy of Angels for the Arts at Saddleback College, raises scholarship funds for students in the visual and performing arts.