Big Band Concert Benefits Honor Flight

A concert benefitting Honor Flight Southern Arizona will be held at the Posada Java Cafe in Green Valley starting at noon. Please join us for an afternoon of great music and fun.

Posada Java Cafe is located at 665 S Park Centre Ave - Green Valley Arizona


  • BY ELLEN SUSSMAN Special to the Green Valley News - April 5, 2016
    Decades after songs from the 1940s became top hits, the lyrics and arrangements continue to provide great music to listen and dance to.A selection of the era’s top songs will be the theme for an Honor Flight benefit concert on Saturday, April 9, when the Big Band Sounds of Green Valley, directed by Richard Blickenstaff, entertains at noon with a free concert in the Shoppes at La Posada courtyard.Band member John Reitz, who served in World War II, will play a solo of “Come Fly with Me,” and vocalist Rebecca Carlson will entertain with a number of familiar favorites including “Orange Colored Sky,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “Blue Skies.”“We grew up listening to and playing this kind of music, and we enjoy playing for audiences who appreciate it. We’ll have plenty of songs from the '40s era,” Blickenstaff said.Choose one of Posada Java’s comfy chairs or bring your own for two hours of memorable melodies including “Call Me Irresponsible,” “Just in Time,” “St. Louis Blues” and “Secret Love.” The Big Band Sounds of Green Valley will also play a medley of favorites — “In the Mood,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “A String of Pearls,” “Moonlight Serenade” and more.“It’s always great to honor our veterans because they’ve done so much to honor us. We’ll entertain with excellent renditions of classics,” said saxophonist Lance Hoopes.Mary Fisher, director of the Shoppes at La Posada, knows how much the concerts are appreciated.“At La Posada we know that making dreams come true for veterans requires a lot of resources and we want to help. The Honor Flight concert is always a very special event. The audience is peppered with veterans of all ages often wearing their service caps or other identifiers of their branch of service.”Two more Honor Flight trips are planned this spring. One leaves on April 25 and a second flight takes off in late May. Each flight will include a mix of 25 World War II and Korean War veterans who will see the World War II and other of the nation’s memorialsDue to their age, World War II veterans continue to have priority. To date — and not including the two forthcoming trips — 130 World War II veterans from Green Valley, Sahuarita, Tubac and Nogales, Ariz., have gone on the all-expenses paid trip.

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