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Sunday Night Big Band concert to raise funds for Caring Carroll

Sunday Night Big Band concert to raise funds for Caring Carroll
The Sunday Night Big Band will perform Sunday in a concert to benefit Caring Carroll, Inc. (Courtesy Photo)

Mike Rodgers said many of the volunteers and care receivers alike at Caring Carroll, Inc. enjoy the retro-style big band music at the yearly concert with Sunday Night Big Band.

Last year, however, the biggest fan was his 2-year-old granddaughter.

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“She loved it,” said the executive director of Caring Carroll. “She was screaming and clapping.”

Those who also like to swing to the sounds of the Sunday Night Big Band can do so Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center. Proceeds go toward supporting Caring Carroll.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the box office or www.carrollartscenter.org.

Bob Luce, bandleader with the Sunday Night Big Band, said guests can expect a set list full of favorites by Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and more. The group specializes in performing songs from in and around the 1940s.

“Our audience seems to like that era and so do we,” he said.

“We try to encourage folks to make a day of it,” Rodgers said. The concert is finished by about 4 p.m., in time to stroll around Westminster and check out a restaurant before it gets dark.

The two groups have been pairing up for four years. Rodgers said the concert has grown over the years as they try to bring more awareness.

“It grows slowly, but it’s working out really well. Being consistent with it, we’ll eventually get where we want to be.”

The biggest expense for the nonprofit is the insurance to cover their 129 registered volunteers, and most of the funds from the concert will go toward paying those costs.

The nonprofit’s mission is to help older folks with limited resources who may not have a lot of family or local support, Rodgers said.

The volunteers help out with non-medical care from visiting and socializing, light chores and housework to running errands and providing transportation for those who can’t drive themselves.

They have about 170 care receivers at this time.

The Sunday Night Big Band, which rehearses, of course, on Sunday nights, is a 17-piece standard big band, though they often partner with other musicians and vocalists, “17 to 92 in age,” Luce said.

Their second CD, “I’ve Heard that Song Before,” will be available for sale at the concert as well as online through major streaming platforms.

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Guests to the concert will be able to learn more information about Caring Carroll in the lobby where information will be posted. They are always looking for volunteers, Rodgers said.

Volunteers are needed at different levels of commitment. “We’re easy to work with,” Rodgers said. For volunteers, “helping these folks makes them feel really good, even if they can only do a little. Every little bit helps.”

For more information about volunteering with Caring Carroll, visit www.caringcarroll.org or call 410-775-5596.

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