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Lake Park is about to get a kick of big band music.

F/M Kicks Big Band is playing June 27 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Lake Park Legion, a fund-raiser for the Lake Park-Audubon Community Education program.

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"It's one of the big fund-raisers for us. It goes to support all our summer programs and community education programs," organizer Deb Brakefield said.

When band director Paul Liversage approached her about having the concert here, she was more than happy to take on the challenge.

"It's the opportunity of a lifetime around here," she said. She added that a big band of this caliber in Lake Park is rare.

"It was a great opportunity when they asked us to put it together. It's a great opportunity for the whole area, actually," she said.

Retired Fargo band director John Pederson is a part of the trumpet section.

"The F/M Kicks Big Band was formed several years ago to maintain and preserve American Big Band music," he said.

Pederson played trumpet for several years in the Dick King Classic Swing Band and the Jazz Arts Big Band. He decided it was time to "resurrect a band that had gone dormant and to promote it as its music library contained all of the great songs from the Big Band Era."

The original band was formed more than 30 years ago by Fargo and Moorhead band directors Ed Christianson and Dewey Possehl, he added.

Some of the songs the F/M Kicks Big Band perform include "Bourbon Street Parade," "Georgia," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "The Flintstones Theme."

Over the years the band played various concerts in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

"I retired from teaching in the Fargo School System and decided to put the band back together and book it for concerts, dances and special occasions," he said.

The band is made up of retired and current band teachers, including Lake Park-Audubon band director Paul Liversage and Lake Park-Audubon graduate and current Barnesville band director Aaron Romaine.

"In our concerts and dances, we feature almost everyone in the band in a solo spotlight and several of the musicians also sing, so we feature some vocal songs as well to give a good variety to our audiences," Pederson said.

"We guarantee to please all who love jazz and the Big Band sounds and offer a wide variety of songs and styles to keep every one's musical tastes satisfied and wanting more."

Tickets for the show are $10 and available at 218-439-3303.

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