4th Annual Big Band Grandstand Gala and Silent Auction

December 3, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Turner Hall Ballroom
1034 N 4th St
Milwaukee, WI 53203


In case you missed it – here’s a brilliant recap of the night!


On Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., WMSE returns to the Turner Hall Ballroom to present the fourth annual Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill, sponsored by Bob and Jenny Hillis in honor of Bob and Genie Friedman. This gala and silent auction event is a fundraiser for Milwaukee’s favorite community-powered radio station, WMSE. Tickets to this swinging event go on sale Monday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m.

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is the featured entertainer at this year’s Big Band Grandstand, and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra will open the event. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is recognized as one of the best all-around big bands. It could swing with the best of them, and no other band could come close to Tommy’s when it came to playing ballads. Tommy Dorsey, “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing”, was a master at creating warm, sentimental, and always musical moods… at superb dancing and listening tempos. Tommy sustained these moods through the arrangements of the likes of Paul Weston, Axel Stordahl and Sy Oliver, and he showcased singers who could project them brilliantly.

Today, the orchestra is lead by legendary clarinet and saxophone player Terry Myer whose arrangements of such classics as “Night And Day,” “Chicago Medley” and “Stardust” will transport big band fans to the height of Tommy Dorsey’s popularity. The incredibly talented Bryan Anthony takes the roll of crooning these beautiful songs.

“This year’s Big Band Grandstand will be even bigger than last year’s – and that is saying a lot! Thanks to this event, we are able to keep jazz alive not only in Milwaukee, but all over the world. Our 24-hour, seven days a week online stream is proof of our commitment to this important genre. We look forward to seeing everyone on the dance floor and formal dress is encouraged,” said Tom Crawford, WMSE station manager.Braise footer-logo-300x137onmilwaukee-logo

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  1. Lee Ann Knippel

    I would love to volunteer at the Big Band Grand Stand event, please let me know if you need any help – thanks!

  2. james

    where do you enter the promo code? I’ve tried three different times and I never see a place to enter a code.

  3. Erin W Poole

    Hi, What type of items are of interest for donation to the Big Band Grandstand silent auction.

    • Nickie Rouleau

      Hello! This year we are doing different neighborhood baskets for auction. BUT we will have items such as gift cards to restaurants, experiential packages, items from specialty stores, etc. If you have an idea, please feel free to email Nickie Rouleau at rouleau@msoe.edu


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