Big Band Dance Lights Up BU’s Floor. Brandon’s Annual Big Band Dance was held at Forbidden Flavours by the Brandon University Music Students on February 2nd. The Big Band Dance was conducted by Professor Michael Cain and featured jazz, pop, funk, and rock music music in honour of Black History Month. The mingling area was lit with colorful lights and Brandonites dancing to the live music, both old and young. Various drinks such as the “jungle funk” were created by Forbidden Flavours as a feature for the event. Highlights of the night were voice major Lenaya Wilks’s powerful voice leading the band and the band breaking out into coordinated dances during their breaks. Big Band Dance is among various other events held by Brandon University in honour of Black History Month throughout the month of February.
This was the first Big Band Dance for fourth year Brandon University sociology student Brittany Rigby. Rigby described the event as “thoroughly exciting and a chance to meet a lot of new people at the University.” She had come to the event with many of her friends who were all trying to catch a breather from the increasing amounts of schoolwork before reading week.
Elizabeth Poirier, who is in her graduating year, has attended the event multiple times and said “Big Band Dance is definitely one of BU’s better socials and better every year in terms of performance. I just wish they advertised better this year as many of my friends did not know this was happening today.”
The event, though mostly attended by music students, included students from other faculties as well and Professor Peter Morin from the Faculty of Fine Arts. The event ran from 10:00PM to 2:00AM and saw an attendance of approximately a hundred people.