The History of The Swing Solution
The Swing Solution was first formed
in February 1990 under the name The Cupertino Swing Band. Its founder and first
leader was Eldred Clark, who had previously started The Serenaders in the late
1960s. The idea was to provide a place for a few good musicians to get together
and play the great music of the Swing Era. Eldred led the band until 1993, when
Erv Cantwell took over the reins.
The band made a major change in direction in 1994 when Joe Maemone and the late
Al Hager became its co-leaders. Joe and Al expanded the band's repertoir to
include the music of some of the later big bands, like Stan Kenton, Woody Herman,
Count Basie and Brian Setzer. The band also began performing for a series of
concerts and television shows. Its reputation began to spread and the band became
in great demand for private parties and public occasions.
The band changed its name to The Swing Solution in 1995. The band is organized
as a cooperative band, there is no owner or leader and the many aspects of the
band, ranging from selecting the music, handling the equipment, business management
and marketing are handled by the members themselves.
There aren't many bands where one member calls out the tunes, another counts
off the tempos and a third cuts the band off at the end of a chart, but it works
in this band because of the musicianship, dedication and cooperation of its
The band is now unquestionably one of the best of the Bay Area big bands. The
band is looking forward to many more years of playing this wonderful swing music
for its fans and the dancers of the area.
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