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SOC knorr23p bari saxophones The Johnny Knorr Orchestra performs on stage at Centennial Terrace.
The Johnny Knorr Orchestra performs on stage at Centennial Terrace.
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Published: Thursday, 8/29/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

AROUND TOWN

Summer means dancing under the stars

Sounds of the Johnny Knorr Orchestra liven up Centennial Terrace

BY BARBARA HENDEL
BLADE SOCIETY EDITOR

It's not summer without a trip to Centennial Terrance for Dancing Under The Stars with the Johnny Knorr Orchestra. Mr. Knorr may be gone, but his legacy of big band music continues as his son, Jerry Knorr, leads the band and Johnny's wife Jane is in the audience, wearing her lighted visor, as she has done for years.

Susan and Rolando Beredo of Jackson, Mich. dance during a performance by the Johnny Knorr Orchestra at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania. Susan and Rolando Beredo of Jackson, Mich. dance during a performance by the Johnny Knorr Orchestra at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania.
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The big band style music, "The Music You Like... The Way You Like To Hear It," fills the air at the terrace, an outdoor dance floor with an orchestra pit, gazebos, tables and chairs, and concessions. It's like being in an old movie, usually under a moon-lit and star-kissed night, and there's nothing like it.

PHOTO GALLERY: Johnny Knorr Orchestra at Centennial Terrace

Many times there are guest singers including songstress Kelly Broadway, who sang in her sultry voice on Aug. 23 during the orchestra's "Music of Glenn Miller" night.

That night also included a special presentation honoring Larry Wagner for his 15 years of Portraits in Swing, part of WGTE-FM 91.3's Saturday evening program lineup.

Earlier in the summer there was a tribute to veterans and many more theme nights, but it's not too late to experience the wonderful time. On Sept. 14 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. is the annual roast dance with "Music from Broadway to Hollywood" and bonfires for cooking hot dogs at the casual farewell to summer. Admission is $10 per person.



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