The Portage Fill Big Band is celebrating 39 years of playing music this year. The band was formed in 1973. The group is comprised of 18 musicians and 2 vocalists and they play songs from the Big Band era. This includes songs from Glenn Miller, Count Basie Orchestra and many more.
Portage Fill has been working on some new charts from Michael Buble, Chuck Mangione and one of the groups favorite arrangers, Sammy Nestico.
The charter member of the group, Lou Engels, still plays trumpet with the Portage Fill.
The Portage Fill Big Band practices twice a month in the Williams Heating garage. You can find them on Facebook by searching for Vashon Island Portage Fill Big Band.
This show will be a benefit to raise money to help pay for archiving the Portage Fill library of music. They have 18 books with 345 songs in each. If one of those books was lost it would be catastrophic. With an archive, they could restore the books. The cover charge for this show is $5.00 per person. Donations will be accepted.
Saturday, February 18, 8pm. At the Red Bicycle, 17618 Vashon Hwy - 206-463-5959