Broad and High

S8 E25 | FULL EPISODE

Columbus Symphony Youth Outreach, Valley Dale Ballroom

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra reaches out to young people, even in the midst of a pandemic. Columbus’s Valley Dale Ballroom, where big band, swing and jazz greats have played for nearly a century. And how The Early Interval improvised to keep playing safely in the time of COVID-19.

AIRED: July 22, 2021 | 0:26:46
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>> PRODUCTION OF "BROAD & HIGH"

IS FUNDED IN PART BY THE GREATER

COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL,

SUPPORTING ARTS, ADVANCING

CULTURE AND CONNECTING THE

COMMUNITY TO ARTISTS, EVENTS AND

CLASSES AT COLUMBUSMAKESART.COM.

>> FROM THESE CONTRIBUTING

SPONSORS AND VIEWERS LIKE YOU.

THANK YOU.

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>> THIS TIME ON "BROAD & HIGH"

THE COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

REACHES OUT TO YOUNG PEOPLE,

EVEN IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC.

>> I WAS KIND OF A VERY SHY

PLAYER.

I WASN'T VERY EXPRESSIVE.

THEY GAVE ME THE TECHNIQUES TO

FURTHER MY OWN MUSICALITY.

>> COLUMBUS' VALLEY DALE

BALLROOM WHERE SWING BECAME A

THING, AND -- HOW THE EARLY

INTERVAL IMPROVISED TO KEEP

PLAYING SAFELY IN THE TIME OF

COVID-19.

THIS AND MORE, RIGHT NOW ON

"BROAD AND HIGH."

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>> WELCOME TO "BROAD & HIGH."

I'M YOUR HOST, KATE QUICKEL.

A LOT OF ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND

NONPROFITS WERE JUST STRUGGLING

TO SURVIVE DURING THE PANDEMIC.

BUT AS THE COLUMBUS SYMPHONY

ORCHESTRA LEARNED MORE ABOUT

ONLINE AND VIRTUAL EVENTS, ITS

LEADERS SAW NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO

SERVE A CRUCIAL AUDIENCE --

YOUNG PEOPLE./E SEE WHAT THEY

LEARNED, AND HOW THEY'RE DOING

IT.

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>> THE COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOLS HAS

A LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP

WITH THE COLUMBUS SYMPHONY

ORCHESTRA.

IN A NORMAL YEAR, THE SYMPHONY

PROVIDES THESE GREAT

OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS.

OUR STUDENTS HAVE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE

OHIO THEATRE.

THE SYMPHONY COMES INTO OUR

SCHOOLS.

>> I WAS INVOLVED IN ALL OF THE

COLUMBUS SYMPHONY'S EDUCATIONAL

INITIATIVES.

UH, WE'D TEACH LESSONS.

WE COACHED THE YOUTH ORCHESTRA.

WE'RE INVOLVED IN FAMILY

CONCERTS.

WE'RE INVOLVED IN CHILDREN'S

CONCERTS.

WE GO OUT TO MANY

COLUMBUS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND

WE PLAY CONCERTS IN THE SCHOOLS.

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>> AND ON TOP OF THAT, THEY GET

TO SEE THE PROFESSIONAL

MUSICIANS IN THEIR ATMOSPHERE.

THEY GET TO SEE THEM PERFORMING.

BUT, THIS WAS NOT A NORMAL YEAR.

>> WE ARE SO PROUD OF WHAT WE

ACCOMPLISHED DURING COVID.

'CAUSE TWO YEARS AGO, THE

ORGANIZATION HAD MADE A

COMMITMENT TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER

OF CHILDREN WE SERVED IN THE

COURSE OF THREE YEARS.

WE REALLY SPENT COVID DOING

THINGS THAT WE HAD ALWAYS

INTENDED TO DO AND ALWAYS WANTED

TO DO -- AND HAD NEVER QUITE

FOUND THE TIME TO DO.

WE HAD DEVELOPED A KID'S

WEBSITE.

WE HAVE THE "KID'S CORNER"

WEBSITE.

WE ALSO HAVE A TEEN'S WEBSITE

NOW, AND THOSE ARE ACTUALLY

BUILT AND MEANT FOR EDUCATORS,

GRANDPARENTS, PARENTS --

>> HI.

MY NAME IS JOHN PELLEGRINO.

I'M THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL BASS

OF THE COLUMBUS SYMPHONY.

>> THEY MADE MORE THAN 85 VIDEOS

THAT ARE ON OUR WEBSITE.

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>> THE MANAGEMENT CREATED

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF THE

SYMPHONY MUSICIANS TO TEACH

VIRTUALLY, SO I TAUGHT A

SEVENTH-GRADE GIRL WHO I HAD

NEVER MET BEFORE.

SHE WAS IN HER HOUSE LEARNING

VIRTUALLY.

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>> FOR THE COLUMBUS SYMPHONY

YOUTH ORCHESTRAS THERE WAS A

PHASE DURING EARLY NOVEMBER

WHERE WE DID ONLINE ZOOM

SESSIONS WITH COLUMBUS SYMPHONY

MEMBERS.

THEY WERE LIKE MASTER CLASSES.

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WE WOULD, LIKE, BRING A SOLO

PIECE IN THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING

ON AND WE'D PLAY IT FOR THEM,

AND IT WAS LIKE, A GROUP SETTING

SO YOU'D HEAR OTHER STUDENTS

PLAY, AND YOU'D HEAR ALL THE

FEEDBACK THAT THEY HAD.

AND, IF THERE WAS LIKE, A GROUP

OF VIOLINS, THEY'D HAVE A

VIOLINIST COACH, SO IT WAS VERY

SPECIALIZED.

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>> BE REALLY DELIBERATE WITH

YOUR RHYTHM.

READY?

AND --

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>> THEY GAVE ME THE TECHNIQUES

TO FURTHER MY OWN MUSICALITY.

YEAH, I WAS KIND OF A VERY SHY

PLAYER.

I WASN'T VERY EXPRESSIVE, AND I

WASN'T QUITE GETTING THE

TECHNIQUE DOWN.

AND -- TO BE ABLE TO PLAY MUSIC

AT A HARDER LEVEL, REALLY HELPED

ME JUST GET BETTER WITH MY

TECHNIQUE.

ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY WOULD SHOW

US, LIKE, "OKAY, HERE'S HOW YOU

PLAY THIS THING IN THE MUSIC."

AND IT JUST REALLY HELPED ME

GRASP THE CONCEPTS.

>> A LEVEL ONE LISTENING IS JUST

BY YOURSELF.

IT'S JUST LISTENING TO YOURSELF

AND HOW YOU PLAY.

THE KIND OF SECOND LEVEL OF THIS

IS LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE

BESIDE YOU --

TO YOUR LEFT AND TO YOUR RIGHT.

THE THIRD LEVEL OF LISTENING,

AND THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF

LISTENING IS GONNA BE LISTENING

ACROSS THE ENSEMBLE.

SO, THIS SIDE'S TRYING TO LISTEN

TO THE LOWER SIDE.

THE LOWER SIDE LISTENS ALL THE

WAY TO THE HIGH SIDE.

AND, YOU'RE CONSTANTLY

SWITCHING.

IT'S LIKE THOSE ANTENNAS, YOU'RE

CONSTANTLY SWITCHING WHO YOU'RE

LISTENING TO.

>> HAVING THEM WORK WITH US

ONE-ON-ONE OR IN SMALL GROUPS IS

AN EXPERIENCE THAT I PERSONALLY

CAN'T OFFER THEM.

I AM NOT A COLUMBUS SYMPHONY

MUSICIAN.

I'M ACTUALLY A SAXOPHONE PLAYER,

SO I DON'T ACTUALLY PLAY A

STRING INSTRUMENT.

BUT -- NO MATTER WHERE WE'RE AT

PLAYING-WISE, IN REGARDS TO

STUDENT ABILITY LEVEL, THERE'S

ALWAYS SOMETHING THEY CAN TAKE

OUT OF IT.

FROM BEING WITH, BEING AROUND

THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE SPENT SO

MUCH TIME PRODUCING SOMETHING

THAT THEY LOVE.

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>> I'M CHRIS SAETTI.

I'M A VIOLIST IN THE

COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

>> STUDYING UNDER SOMEBODY WHO

IS LIKE, REALLY PROFESSIONAL

COMPARED TO A TEACHER FOR A

SCHOOL, IS DIFFERENT.

PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS, THEY

KNOW MORE ABOUT THE MUSIC, AND

THEY COMPREHEND IT DIFFERENTLY,

SO THEY GAVE US MORE POINTERS

THAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN OVER WITH A

REGULAR SCHOOL TEACHER.

>> I THINK THERE ARE NO BETTER

EXPERIENCES THAN LEARNING FROM

SOMEONE WHO'S TRULY A MASTER AT

THEIR OWN CRAFT.

BEING ABLE TO LEARN AND STEAL

IDEAS, AND DEVELOP MY OWN

ARTISTRY, MY OWN MUSICIANSHIP

FROM THOSE MASTER MUSICIANS IS

SOMETHING THAT'S A WORTHWHILE

EXPERIENCE, EVEN THROUGH THE

SCREEN.

>> HI, MY NAME IS CAROLINE HONG.

AND YOU ARE LISTENING TO ONE OF

THE MOST FAMOUS PIECES EVER

WRITTEN FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA.

IT IS A PIECE BY RACHMANINOFF,

AND IT IS A SET OF VARIATIONS

FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA, AND

THAT WAS THE 18th VARIATION.

>> WORKING WITH PEOPLE OF A

HIGH-LEVEL, I THINK, THERE'S

JUST THIS MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING

OF THE EMOTIONAL CONNECTION THAT

YOU BOTH HAVE WITH THE MUSIC --

SPECIFIC TO THE INSTRUMENT YOU

PLAY.

WORKING WITH A VIOLINIST OF THAT

LEVEL JUST -- IT JUST MAKES A

LOT OF SENSE TO ME -- LIKE WHAT

THEY SAY AND WHAT THEY DO.

AND, IT'S JUST GOOD TO HAVE A

ROLE MODEL TO LOOK UP TO

CONSTANTLY AND LIKE, SO NEARBY

AS WELL.

IT'S COMFORTING AND REASSURING.

>> YOU KNOW FROM SCIENCE THAT

SOUND IS ENERGY EXPRESSED IN

VIBRATION.

THAT VIBRATION TRAVELS IN WAVES,

AND THAT'S HOW THE SOUND GETS

FROM THE SOURCE TO YOUR EAR.

>> I LIKE TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT

WHAT THE SYMPHONY DOES ON THESE

MAJOR STAGES -- WHAT WE DO AS

PERFORMERS IS ACTUALLY IN THE

SCHEME OF THINGS, A SMALL

PORTION OF WHAT WE DO.

SO, WHEN YOU HAVE 47 FULL-TIME

MUSICIANS LIKE WE DO, PERFORMING

IN YOUR COMMUNITY, ALL OF THESE

MUSICIANS LIVE AND WORK HERE,

AND MOST OF THEM ARE TEACHERS

ALREADY.

THEY'RE EITHER TEACHING IN OUR

SCHOOL SYSTEM -- THEY HAVE THEIR

PRIVATE STUDIOS, SO IT WAS A

NATURAL TRANSITION FOR THEM TO

GO FROM BEING TEACHERS IN THEIR

PRIVATE STUDIOS, AND TEACHERS IN

THE CLASSROOM, INTO DOING SOME

REMOTE WORK WITH OUR CHILDREN.

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>> I HOPE THAT WE INTEGRATE MORE

OF THIS TECHNOLOGY INTO WHAT

WE'RE DOING BECAUSE SO MANY

STUDENTS AND SO MANY PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD HAVE BEEN ABLE

TO SEE US BECAUSE OF THE

PANDEMIC.

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>> A NONPROFIT CAN ONLY SURVIVE

ON THE GOODWILL OF THE COMMUNITY

AND ON OUR PERCEPTION OF

RELEVANCY TO THAT COMMUNITY.

THE SYMPHONY MAKES NO MISTAKE

ABOUT IT.

WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF

US BEING RELEVANT.

WHOEVER YOU ARE, WHATEVER YOUR

WALK OF LIFE IS -- WE ARE HERE

FOR YOU.

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>> LEARN MORE ABOUT THE

COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT

WWW.COLUMBUSSYMPHONY.COM

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>> SURVIVING A PANDEMIC IS ONE

THING.

COMING BACK FROM A FIRE THAT

DESTROYS YOUR VENUE IS SOMETHING

ELSE ENTIRELY.

AND, THAT'S ONLY ONE CHAPTER IN

THE HISTORY OF THE VALLEY DALE

BALLROOM.

A PLACE THAT'S SHOWCASED SOME OF

THE TOP NAMES IN JAZZ, BIG BAND,

AND SWING FOR NEARLY A CENTURY.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF

THIS MUSICAL LANDMARK.

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>> THIS STARTED OUT AS A

STAGECOACH STOP FROM

SUNBURY TO COLUMBUS.

RIGHT DOWN SUNBURY PIKE AS THEY

NORMALLY USED TO CALL IT IN THE

OLD DAYS, AND IT WAS BASICALLY

YOUR FARMERS WITH PRODUCE, AND

THEY WOULD GO TO CENTRAL

MARKET -- WHICH WAS AT THE

CORNER OF RICH AND 4th.

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AND THEN, THEY DECIDED MAYBE WE

SHOULD BUILD AN INN.

IT WAS "NATCHEZ UNDER THE HILL."

THAT WAS THE VERY FIRST OF ALL

THE PUBS HERE ON THE LAND OF THE

VALLEY DALE BALLROOM.

AND THEN, LITTLE BY LITTLE, IT

GREW A LITTLE BIT.

BUT, PART OF THAT HAPPENED

BECAUSE OHIO DOMINICAN WAS

REALLY THE FIRST TOLL ROAD AND

THAT'S WHERE THIS AREA BECAME

DEVELOPED BECAUSE OF WHERE THE

OHIO DOMINICAN GATES ARE.

AND, WE FIRST HAD THE LITTLE

BAR -- THEN THEY ADDED THE INN

THAT STAYED OVERNIGHT.

AND THEN, THEY REALIZED WE NEED

A BIGGER DANCE HALL BECAUSE

PEOPLE ARE COMING HERE TO DANCE.

VERY FIRST MUSIC WAS A GUITAR, A

BANJO, A FIDDLE.

THEY WOULD PLAY COUNTRY MUSIC.

THEY WOULD PLAY BLUEGRASS MUSIC.

AND TO THINK, THE FIRST DANCES

AT VALLEY DALE WERE SQUARE

DANCES.

IT BECAME A MUSIC SPOT BACK IN

THE 1800s.

IT WAS DEMOLISHED, IT WENT AWAY.

LAND WAS JUST DESOLATE FOR

AWHILE.

UNTIL WE GET INTO THE

EARLY 1900s, WHEN MR. MELANCON

PURCHASED THE PROPERTY AND

STARTED TO BUILD THE

VALLEY DALE.

>> LET'S GET IT SWINGING GUYS.

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>> THIS WAS 1924.

HE WAS BOUND AND DETERMINED THAT

THERE WAS GOING TO BE A SMASH

OPENING.

THIS WAS A NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY.

MR. MELANCON IS HERE.

HIS YOUNG ASSISTANT, CHARLES,

WAS STOKING THE STOVE.

AND THEY WANNA MAKE SURE IT'S

REALLY WARM BECAUSE IT'S

FREEZING.

IT WAS LIKE ONE OF THE COLDEST

WINTERS THAT COLUMBUS HAD SEEN.

IT WAS CLOSE TO ABOUT 6 O'CLOCK,

AND ONE OF THE MUSICIANS PULLED

IN, AND SAW FLAMES.

CHARLES IS BACK IN THE WOOD

ROOM.

THE SAP WAS DRIPPING, THE FIRE

WAS BLAZING ON THIS BRAND NEW

BUILDING.

BY 8:00, IT WAS CINDERS.

THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT.

THE ENTIRE BUILDING WAS GONE.

THERE WERE 23 FIRES THAT

PARTICULAR NIGHT.

THE NEXT MORNING, IT WAS A

SUNDAY MORNING NOW, AS YOU SEE

EVERYTHING'S COLD.

BUILDING IS STILL SMOLDERING.

THE ONLY THING THAT YOU WOULD

EVER SEE IN THE SNOW WAS THE

GLISTENING OF THE MELTED

INSTRUMENTS.

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SO THEY CLEANED EVERYTHING UP.

MR. MELANCON WAS A TROOPER.

I MEAN, HE REALLY WAS NOT GONNA

BE DEFEATED.

HE BUILT IN THE BACK, IT'S FIRST

OUTDOOR PAVILION.

AND, JUNE 7th, 1924, HE HAD HIS

FIRST BAND DANCE HERE.

THEY HAD THIS GORGEOUS BAND

SHELL.

VERY ART DECO BECAUSE WE ARE IN

THE 20s.

JUST BEAUTIFUL.

LATTICE WORK AROUND THE WHOLE

DANCE FLOOR ON THE EXTERIOR.

RAY EUBANKS PLAYED THAT MANY

TIMES, AND HE TOLD ME HIS

FAVORITE THING WAS THE SCENT OF

THE ROSES AT THE OUTDOOR

PAVILION WAS ALMOST MESMERIZING.

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MR. MELANCON PUT THIS BACK

TOGETHER.

IT TOOK HIM ABOUT A YEAR, AND

STARTED AGAIN WITH THE

VALLEY DALE -- MUCH LIKE YOU SEE

IT NOW.

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THEY HAD DIFFERENT PRICES, SO

THAT IF YOU WERE IN THE BALCONY,

IT WAS 10 CENTS.

THAT MEANS YOU DIDN'T DANCE, YOU

CAME AND YOU OBSERVED.

THE OBSERVATION MEZZANINE.

IF YOU WENT OUTSIDE, IT WAS

25 CENTS.

IF YOU DANCED IN HERE, IT WAS

35 CENTS.

LATER ON, IT WENT TO 50 CENTS A

PERSON, AND ONE DOLLAR A COUPLE.

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THE HOUSE BAND,

"THE ORIENTAL KNIGHTS."

FROM 1923, TO 1961, LARGE BAND.

ABOUT A 12 PIECE BAND.

EARL HOOD STARTED HERE WITH

"THE ORIENTAL KNIGHTS."

HE LOVED COLUMBUS.

HE DIDN'T WANT TO MOVE AWAY.

HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE A LIFETIME

MUSICIAN.

HE WANTED TO STAY HERE AND

DEVELOP COLUMBUS, OHIO.

AND THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT

BECAUSE WHAT HE FOUND

IN COLUMBUS, OHIO WAS ONE OF THE

ALL-TIME GREAT MUSICIANS.

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SWEETS EDISON.

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THE TRUMPET PLAYER THAT HAS

PLAYED WITH COUNT BASIE, THAT

PLAYED WITH EVERYBODY.

YOU HAVE SWEETS EDISON THAT

BECAUSE EARL SAW SOMETHING IN

HIM.

AS A YOUNG MAN SAID, "YOU NEED

TO LEARN TO READ MUSIC."

SWEETS DIDN'T WANT TO.

YOU NEED TO GO TO SCHOOL.

HE DIDN'T WANT TO.

EARL TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO

TEACH HIM, AND SAID, "YOU'RE

GONNA BE FAMOUS, STICK WITH ME."

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HE HAD A BLACK FEMALE PIANIST

PLAYING, SO THAT WAS REALLY COOL

BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T SEE VERY MANY

FEMALE MUSICIANS.

LET ALONE, TO HAVE A PIANIST --

RIGHT THERE WITH THE HOUSE BAND.

EARL HOOD, HE OPENED FOR

FRANK SINATRA.

HE OPENED FOR THE TOMMY DORSEY

BAND.

HE OPENED FOR DUKE ELLINGTON,

COUNT BASIE, BENNY GOODMAN,

BING CROSBY, PERRY COMO, ALL

THESE PEOPLES AND ALL THEIR

BANDS.

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THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT

HAPPENED THROUGH AMERICA CALLED

"JOURNEY BANDS."

AND "JOURNEY BANDS" WOULD TRAVEL

THROUGH THE CITIES AND THE

BACKROADS AND PLAY THE HIGHEST

END TO THE LOWEST END

FACILITY -- IT DIDN'T MATTER.

THERE WERE MUSICIANS.

THEY WERE ON A BUS.

AND THEY WANTED TO PLAY.

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ON OUR STAGE WE HAVE RADIO

BOOTHS BECAUSE WHEN THESE BANDS

WERE ON STAGE, THEY WEREN'T

PLAYING JUST FOR THE

COLUMBUS AUDIENCE.

THEY WERE PLAYING FOR THE

NATIONAL AUDIENCE.

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LABELED CBS AND WE HAVE MUTUAL

BROADCASTING SYSTEM.

THEY BROADCAST, ANNOUNCED,

BLOW-BY-BLOW, SAYING "HI" TO THE

KIDS.

SAYING, "HEY MOM AND DAD, I SEE

YOUR CHILDREN."

KIND OF LIKE, BEFORE

AMERICAN BANDSTAND.

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SO THE ONE STATION THAT WAS

RELEGATED TO THE STAGE WAS THE

ONE WE ALL KNOW SO WELL.

NBC.

THINK ABOUT THAT.

THEY WERE NOTHING AT THAT TIME,

IN THE 30s.

BUT GUESS WHAT HAPPENED IN 1961?

NBC PURCHASED MUTUAL

BROADCASTING SYSTEM.

THAT'S WHY YOU KNOW NBC, BUT YOU

DON'T REALLY KNOW MUTUAL

BROADCASTING SYSTEM.

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CORPORATE AMERICA AT THAT TIME

REALLY DIDN'T CARE ABOUT

TEENAGERS.

THEY WERE FOCUSING IN ON THE

35 TO 55-YEAR-OLD GROUP.

WHEN MORE AND MORE OF THESE

BANDS CAME, IT WASN'T SO MUCH

THE OLDER CROWD, ALTHOUGH THEY

WERE HERE, IT WAS THE TEENAGERS.

THEY WERE FLOCKING TO IT BECAUSE

IT WAS EXCITING, IT WAS NEW.

SO ONE NIGHT, A BAND WAS HERE.

IT WAS THE BENNY GOODMAN BAND.

AND WITH THE BENNY GOODMAN BAND,

ONE OF THE FAMOUS PEOPLE WERE

FLETCHER HENDERSON WHO WROTE SO

MANY CHARTS, AND GENE KRUPA.

DO I NEED TO SAY MORE ABOUT

GENE KRUPA, THE DRUMMER?

EVERYBODY WAS NEW.

I MEAN, THINK ABOUT THIS.

THIS WAS THE BIRTHING, EVEN

BEFORE THE BIG BAND ERA THAT WAS

HAPPENING NOW.

I'M IN THAT LATE 20S, 30s ERA.

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BENNY GOODMAN WAS ON STAGE.

THE BAND WAS PLAYING.

AND WHAT HAPPENED WITH

BENNY GOODMAN'S BAND -- KIDS,

THE AUDIENCE WOULD LIKE IT --

BUT THEY MIGHT LEAVE AFTER THE

FIRST SET.

"OH, THAT'S NICE."

"OKAY, LET'S GO SOMEWHERE ELSE."

BENNY GOODMAN WOULD GIVE UP, AND

GENE KRUPA SAYS TO

BENNY GOODMAN, "WE'VE BEEN

WORKING ON THESE CHARTS --

FLETCHER HENDERSON HAS BEEN

WRITING THESE CHARTS, LET'S DO

IT.

LET'S STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING --

LET'S PLAY OUR MUSIC.

LET'S GIVE IT TO THEM."

AND BENNY'S LIKE, "THEY'RE NOT

READY."

HE GOES, "LET'S GIVE IT TO THEM,

LET'S SEE."

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THEY STARTED EVERY NUMBER THAT

YOU CAN THINK OF.

JUST KILLING IT.

THE KIDS THAT WERE SITTING THERE

POLITELY BECAME ALMOST LIKE A

ZOO.

THEY WERE SCREAMING, THEY WERE

JUMPING AROUND THE BALCONY.

THEY WERE HOLLERING.

THEY WERE FLOCKING THE STAGE.

THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE IT.

BENNY GOODMAN WAS LIKE, SHOCKED.

THE MUSICIANS WERE LIKE IN AWE.

GENE KRUPA WAS LIKE, KILLING IT

GOING, "I TOLD YA, BENNY, I TOLD

YA.

WE HAVE IT, WE HAVE IT.

LISTEN TO ME."

NOW THAT WAS JULY --

LATE JULY 27th OF 1935.

NOW, WE'RE GONNA FAST FORWARD TO

AUGUST 21, 1935.

>> AND THIS IS THE MUSIC OF

BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA

PLAYING FOR YOU FROM THE PALOMAR

IN LOS ANGELES.

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>> BENNY'S DOING THE SAME THING.

THE OLD STUFF.

AND GENE KRUPA GOES, "OH MY GOD,

HAVEN'T YOU LEARNED ANYTHING?

DON'T YOU REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED

IN THE MIDWEST?

THROW EVERYTHING AWAY, LET'S

GIVE IT TO THEM.

LET'S LET THEM HEAR WHAT THE

BENNY GOODMAN BAND IS ABOUT."

AND THEY DID, AND THAT WAS THE

BIRTH OF SWING.

SO BENNY GOODMAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN

CONTRIBUTED TO IT.

GLEN GRAY AND THE CASA LOMA BAND

HAVE GOTTA ALSO GET SOME CREDIT.

OUR LITTLE COLUMBUS, OHIO IS A

LANDMARK.

WE ARE ICONIC.

THIS IS THE CROWN JEWEL OF

COLUMBUS, OHIO.

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I GUESS I'M SO PASSIONATE ABOUT

IT BECAUSE I WANT EVERYBODY

IN COLUMBUS TO REALLY COME HERE

AND SEE HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS

BUILDING IS.

AND TO LEARN ITS HISTORY -- AND

TO JUST EXPERIENCE IT.

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>> "BROAD & HIGH" WILL RETURN TO

THE VALLEY DALE BALLROOM THIS

FALL TO LOOK AT ITS HISTORY

SINCE THE 1950s.

STAY TUNED.

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>> IT WAS A YEAR OF SCRATCH

PLANS FOR THE EARLY INTERVAL,

COLUMBUS' RESIDENT EARLY-MUSIC

ENSEMBLE.

BUT AS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

WORE ON, THE GROUP DID SOME

CREATIVE THINGS IN ORDER TO KEEP

REHEARSING AND PERFORMING

SAFELY.

"CLASSICAL 101's"

JENNIFER HAMBRICK VISITED A

DRESS REHEARSAL AND TALKED WITH

MUSICIANS ABOUT HOW THE PANDEMIC

CHANGED THE WAY THEY WORK.

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>> TONIGHT WE ARE HAVING OUR

DRESS REHEARSAL TO GET READY FOR

SATURDAY'S TAPING.

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WE'RE GETTING USED TO THE

PERFORMANCE SPACE BECAUSE WE'VE

BEEN REHEARSING IN MY LIVING

ROOM, WHICH WE CAN BE SOCIALLY

DISTANCED IN.

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BUT OUR RECORDER PLAYER, WHO IS

A WIND INSTRUMENT OBVIOUSLY, AND

NOW WE HAVE THIS NEW -- THIS NEW

TERM AN AEROSOL-PRODUCING

INSTRUMENT.

WE KIND OF PUT HIM IN THE

ADJACENT DINING ROOM BEHIND

GLASS POCKET DOORS THAT HAPPENED

TO BE IN MY HOUSE, SO HE WAS

REALLY IN A SEPARATE ROOM, AND

KIND OF DISTANT, AND REALLY KIND

OF HARD TO HEAR, AND TUNE, AND

DIFFERENT THINGS.

>> HIS FRONT ROOM IS LARGE

ENOUGH THAT IT CAN SUSTAIN ALL

THREE NON-WIND PLAYERS DISTANCED

AND MASKED, BUT FOR ME, I'M THE

RECORDER PLAYER.

I CAN'T PLAY MASKED.

I HAVE TO BE UNMASKED.

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THERE WAS ONE REHEARSAL BACK IN

THE SUMMER WHERE I WASN'T

FEELING WELL.

DIDN'T WANT TO RISK IT, SO I

SIMPLY ZOOMED INTO THE

REHEARSAL, TURNED MY SOUND OFF,

AND PLAYED ALONG WITH THEM, SO

THE REHEARSAL WAS FOR MY

BENEFIT, AND NOT REALLY FOR

THEIRS, AT ALL.

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AT THE VERY BEGINNING IT WAS

SCARY, BECAUSE BEING A WIND

PLAYER, WE DIDN'T KNOW WHETHER

IT WAS EVER GOING TO BE SAFE FOR

ME, AT ALL.

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BUT, ONCE WE WERE ABLE TO SORT

OF GET A HANDLE ON SOME OF THE

SCIENCE AND YOU KNOW, LEARN

ABOUT AEROSOLS AND EVERYTHING

ELSE LIKE THAT, WE WERE ABLE TO

MAKE ACCOMMODATIONS AND SO, IT

ACTUALLY BECAME FOR A GROUP AS

SMALL AS OURS, RELATIVELY EASY

TO ACCOMMODATE.

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>> WE WERE IN REHEARSAL LAST

FEBRUARY AND MARCH, WITH THIS

VERY PROGRAM, BUT WITH A SINGER

BECAUSE THE LARGER PROGRAM, YOU

KNOW, TWO 40 MINUTE HALVES

INCLUDED A NUMBER OF MAJOR VOCAL

WORKS, AND THAT WAS GONNA BE

PRESENTED IN APRIL HERE AT THIS

CHURCH.

AND, OF COURSE, THAT CONCERT

DIDN'T HAPPEN.

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WE JUST SNIPPED OUT ALL OF THE

VOCAL PARTS OF THIS PROGRAM.

YOU JUST CAN'T SUSTAIN AN

AUDIENCE FOR A 90 MINUTE VIRTUAL

PERFORMANCE, SO WE REALLY

TRIMMED THIS DOWN TO BE UNDER AN

HOUR, AND TAKING THE VOCAL WORKS

OUT OF THE PERFORMANCE ACTUALLY

WORKED -- IN TERMS OF TIME, BUT

IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE THEM

THERE BECAUSE THEY ARE

EXTRAORDINARY WORKS AND ADD A

WHOLE OTHER SOUND AND ANOTHER

TEXTURE, BUT NOT JUST NOW.

[LAUGHTER]

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BECAUSE THE PERFORMING WE HAD

DONE HAS BEEN ON VIDEO, THE

VISUAL ELEMENT BECOMES REALLY

IMPORTANT IN TRYING TO BE AS

COMPELLING AS POSSIBLE VISUALLY.

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SO THAT'S NOT SOMETHING I'VE

REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT THAT MUCH

BECAUSE WE JUST DON'T PERFORM IN

THAT MEDIUM.

OF COURSE, PERFORMING TO AN

EMPTY ROOM, WE ALL FEEL REALLY

STRANGE ABOUT DOING THAT, BUT

WE'VE LEARNED NEW STUFF.

WE HAVE NEW SKILLSETS NOW THAT

WE DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE, AND SO I

THINK, GOING FORWARD, A LOT OF

THAT TECHNOLOGY IS GOING TO

REMAIN IN PLACE AND HOPEFULLY

THAT WILL MAYBE ENABLE US TO

REACH A BROADER AUDIENCE.

BUT IT WILL BE A RELIEF TO SEE

FACES AND FRIENDS IN THE

AUDIENCE AND PLAY FOR THEM.

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>> THAT'S OUR SHOW.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN FIND ALL OF

OUR STORIES ONLINE AT

WWW.WOSU.ORG AS WELL AS ON OUR

YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

FOR ALL OF US HERE AT WOSU, I'M

KATE QUICKEL.

THANKS FOR WATCHING.

!!musiC@! I'VE BEEN WALKING M

!!musiC@! THIS ROAD ALONE M

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

!!musiC@! THE DARKNESS TRIES M

!!musiC@! TO SWALLOW ME WHOLE M

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

!!musiC@! I FIND MY WAY M

!!musiC@! WHEN I LOOK INSIDE M

!!musiC@! IT SPARKS A FIRE M

!!musiC@! THAT HELPS ME FIGHT M

!!musiC@! AND I'LL KEEP GOING M

!!musiC@! 'CAUSE I'M A BEACON M

!!musiC@! I'M A FLAME M

!!musiC@! IN THE NIGHT M

!!musiC@! I'M A FIRE M

!!musiC@! BURNING BRIGHT M

!!musiC@! TRY AS YOU MIGHT M

!!musiC@! JUST WON'T !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! STEAL MY LIGHT M

!!musiC@! I'LL CARRY THIS UP M

!!musiC@! TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE M

!!musiC@! I'M A FLAME M

!!musiC@! IN THE NIGHT M

!!musiC@! I'M A FLAME M

!!musiC@! IN THE NIGHT M

!!musiC@! I'M A FLAME M

!!musiC@! IN THE NIGHT M

!!musiC@! I FOUND MY WAY M

!!musiC@! BUT AS I LOOK AROUND M

!!musiC@! THIS WORLD IS TIRED M

!!musiC@! AND CRYING M

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

!!musiC@! BEEN TOLD DON'T M

!!musiC@! RACE AGAINST THE TIDE M

!!musiC@! LATELY I COULD TRY M

!!musiC@! TO CLEAR THE WATERS M

!!musiC@! WE'RE JUST IN TIME M

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

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