Festival Musical(s)
July, 2016
On The Town
Fri 29On The Town
Sat 30On The Town
Sun 31On The Town
August, 2016
Fri 05On The Town
Sat 06On The Town
Sun 07On The Town
Founded in early 1942 as a quasi-governmental organization within the Army’s Special Service Division, the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) was responsible for boosting the morale of servicemen through a variety of radio programs offering the types of news and entertainment they were used to back home. These programs
KLCC 89.7 FM I'll Be Seeing You, our opening festival concert, will be broadcast live by KLCC 89.7 FM. Your hosts will be Cina Kraft and Eric Alan.
were produced in Los Angeles because of its proximity to the entertainment industry and were distributed weekly in the form of transcription discs to cooperating overseas radio stations (most notably the BBC) and the Army’s own network of 800-odd shortwave radio stations associated with the Armed Forces’ theatres of operation throughout the world. Although not heard in the States, AFRS programs were very similar to home front commercial programs with the added special focus on servicemen themselves. Many of the programs, like G. I. Jive, Command Performance, and Mail Call encouraged servicemen to write in with requests and were called out and even bantered with “on the air”.
G. I. Jive was a 6-day per week 15 minute jukebox-style jazz program that played 4 to 5 popular songs and instrumentals in response to servicemen requests. Initially run by a rotating series of disc jockeys, G. I. Jive soared in popularity when Martha Wilkerson, a breezy blonde with a girl-next-door voice, took over hosting in late 1943 using the handle “G. I. Jill”. Wilkerson opened each show with some variation of “Hiya fellas! This is Jill again inviting you to join me at the jukebox for another session of G.I. Jive!”, filled 15 minutes with notably knowledgeable comments on the music and playful banter with her fans on all sorts of subjects, and ended, very fetchingly, with "Good morning to some of you, good afternoon to some more of you, and to the rest of you…good night."
To kick off this year’s festivities, Jesse Cloninger and company offer up a rich, fun-filled re-creation of G.I. Jive, filled with great tunes and G.I. Jill banter selected from the original episodes.
Event Personnel
Jesse Cloninger, music director
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Josh Hettwer, reeds
Joe Manis, reeds
Idit Shner, reeds
Tony Glausi, trumpet
Byron Stripling, trumpet, vocals
Justin Woodward, trumpet
Glenn Bonney, trombone
Joe Freuen, trombone
Glenn Griffith, trombone
Larry Fuller, piano
Chuck Redd, drums, vibes
Lynn Seaton, bass
 American Patrol
Music by F. W. Meacham
 I've Heard That Song Before
(1942) Youth On Parade
Words by Sammy Cahn - Music by Jule Styne
 I'm Gonna See My Baby
Words & music by Phil Moore
 G. I. Jive
Words & music by Johnny Mercer
 Song Of India
(1937) interpolated into Las Vegas Nights
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
 Sierra Sue
Words & music by Joseph B. Carey
 Why Don't You Do Right?
Words & music by Kansas Joe McCoy
based on Weed Smoker's Dream
 Strip Polka
Words & music by Johnny Mercer
 One Meat Ball
Words & music by Lou Singer, Hy Zaret
 I'll Be Seeing You
(1938) Right This Way
Words by Irving Kahal - Music by Sammy Fain
 Take The 'A' Train
(1939) interpolated into Reveille with Beverly
Words by Joya Sherrill - Music by Billy Strayhorn
 Green Eyes
Words by Adolfo Utrera (sp), Eddie Rivera (en), Eddie Woods (en) - Music by Nilo Menéndez
 On The Sunny Side of the Street
(1930) Lew Leslie's International Revue
Words by Dorothy Fields - Music by Jimmy McHugh
 And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine
Words by Joe Greene - Music by Stan Kenton, Charles Lawrence
 East Of The Sun
(1934) Stags At Bay
Words & music by Brooks Bowman
Words by Carlo Tiochet (it), Jerry Castillo (en) - Music by Alberto Pestalozza
 Drum Boogie
(1941) interpolated into Ball Of Fire
Music by Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge
 Honeysuckle Rose
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 Blue Skies
(1927) Betsy
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 Don't Fence Me In
Words by Robert Fletcher - Words & music by Cole Porter
 Opus One
Words by Sid Garris - Music by Sy Oliver
 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
(1944) Here Come The Waves
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
(1942) Orchestra Wives
Words by Mack Gordon - Music by Harry Warren
Ticket/Venue Info
I'll Be Seeing You Ticket Prices
Discount Prices
A38.00  34.25  32.50  30.50  19.00 
B34.00  30.75  29.00  27.25  17.00 
C28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  14.00 
D20.00  18.00  17.00  16.00  10.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon