Dick Bauman Big Band

Dick Bauman Big Band to perform Christmas concert on Dec. 16

Christmas tunes will be getting the big band treatment.

The Dick Bauman Big Band, a summertime staple at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, will be making a special appearance at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, for a Christmas performance.

This will be a new experience for the band.

“This is something new,” said Carol Ayres Stueven, one of the band’s members. “The Pearson Lakes Art Center wanted to add to their performance calendar!”

Normally, the Dick Bauman Big Band plays every Monday night during the summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During the summer months, there are on average 80-100 people who attend the concerts each week and in addition to listening to some wonderful big band music, people are invited to get up and dance as well. The age range of the concert goers ranges as well, from high school and college students to people who might have heard that Big Band music back when it was first coming out.

“The 18-piece big band plays songs by the famous bands and arrangers of the ’30s and ’40s including (but not limited to): Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Quincy Jones, Les Brown, Sammy Nestico, Jimmy Dorsey, and more,” according to Ayres Stueven, in a previous interview. “In 2016 the band officially became a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that continues to serve the Iowa Great Lakes with amazing music you simply can’t find anywhere else.”

And on Sunday, Dec. 16, they’ll be bringing you live performances of that special Christmas music you can’t find anywhere else.

“We will be playing some holiday big band music, plus favorites we play in the summer,” Ayres Stueven said.

But she couldn’t pick a favorite song that they’ll be performing.

“[My favorite is] all of them! I love Christmas and big band, so they are all my favorites,” Ayres Stueven said.

Being able to bring the band back together for this special Christmas performance is exciting for Ayres Stueven and the other members of the ensemble.

“We all love to play and so it will be fun to get the band back together,” said. “Plus it is always fun to see all our loyal fans and to meet new ones!”