Lexington United Methodist Church to host Big Band Dance in support of the Lexington Mission


Lexington, SC 5/10/2021 —Lexington United Methodist Church invites you to an evening of music and dance in support of Mission Lexington from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on October 25, 2021 at Wesley Hall, Lexington United Methodist Church. Tickets for the Big Band Dance cost $ 10 and can be purchased at https://missionlexingtonsc.org/.

The Big Band Dance will feature performances by the Charlie Gatch Big Band, Swing Set Band, and ballroom and shag demonstrations by local dancer Tracy Steele and her team. The dress code for this event is dress casual. Desserts and refreshments are available for purchase.

“Partnerships with our churches are essential to our mission,” says Executive Director Robin Bowers. “All the benefits of this event will impact the basic needs of some of our neighbors in Lexington who are in crisis. “

Organized in the 1950s, the Charlie Gatch Big Band is composed of sixteen musicians and includes two singers. Formerly known as the Jimmy Farr Orchestra, the ensemble is conducted by Charles Gatch, a member of LUMC and retired principal of Lexington Middle School. Attendees can expect performances of songs from the 40s and 50s of the traditional big band era, favorite songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and of course, classic beach music. The Charlie Gatch Big Band continues the tradition of the Jimmy Farr Orchestra by performing for Governor McMaster’s inaugural ball.

The Swing Set Band is a nine-member variety group that plays music similar to that of the Charlie Gatch Big Band, but emphasizes more current music and rock and roll. For the past decade or more, this group has performed for dances, wedding receptions, and other events from North Carolina to Texas.

Tracy Steele, former member of LUMC, has been a professional ballroom dance teacher for twenty years. Steele has taught and participated in over fifteen types of pairs dance, such as waltz, tango, salsa, and swing. He has performed and / or choreographed over fifty productions for various theaters in Columbia. Steele will choreograph the Town Theater production of “Jekyll & Hyde” this spring.

About Mission Lexington

Mission Lexington is Lexington County’s hub of care, helping families and people with basic human needs (food, shelter and clothing), resources and counseling. We serve more than 30,000 needs in Lexington County each year, from helping an elderly couple with food to funeral expenses for a child. Our partner network includes local businesses and government agencies, corporations, organizations, individuals and over 65 member churches who support our vision on a daily basis. To learn more, visit www.missionlexingtonsc.org or call us at (803) 957-6656.

About Lexington United Methodist Church

Lexington United Methodist Church celebrates a long history of “Living the Word of God and Sharing the Love of God” within the community of Lexington and beyond! With a willing heart and an enthusiastic spirit, Lexington UMC’s lay leadership and staff strive to provide uplifting worship experiences, inspiring Sunday school opportunities, enlightening adult studies, powerful music ministries , a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, as well as a multiplicity of benevolence and compassion. outreach ministries, including an ongoing partnership with Mission Lexington! Through our web page, www.lexumcsc.com we invite you to experience all of the exciting and inspired ways the people of LUMC serve as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to our surrounding community, and even the world! And of course, most important of all, we invite you to join us for one of our three spiritually enriching worship services on Sunday mornings – we meet at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the shrine, and also at 11:00 a.m. in Wesley Hall. Live streaming of our services is also available.


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