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
In February 1941, at the urging of President Franklin Roosevelt, the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic Community service, the National Travelers Aid Association and National Jewish Welfare Board joined forces to form the non-profit United Service Organization (USO) with the mission of providing morale support for U.S. military personnel and their families by establishing places for soldiers to go for rest and relaxation and organizing entertainment. The USO accomplished the first of these goals by creating relaxation centers close to military bases throughout the United States—over 2,000 in all by the end of WWII, the most famous of which were New York’s Stage Door Canteen and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Canteen, which were made famous by the films made about them.
The USO tackled its second goal by creating the USO Camp Shows, a separate organization founded under its auspices in October 1941. USO Camp Shows organized its service into 4 show circuits: the State-side Victory and Blue circuits presented full-sized shows to large bases and smaller shows to smaller bases; the Hospital circuit sent entertainers and artists (who sketched portraits of patients) to US military hospitals; and the Foxhole circuit sent entertainers, most often in small units of 4 to 6, overseas to entertain the troops on the front lines. The most famous of these, of course, was Bob Hope and his troop, which included Frances Langford, Patty Thomas, Jerry Colonna and Tony Romano. But there were many more—by 1945 over 700 USO camp shows were being performed each day before audiences ranging from 25 to 15,000. In all, through the duration of WWII USO Camp Shows presented 208,178 performances to an estimated 161 million American service men and women.
Jesse Cloninger and the Festival big band and vocalists pay tribute to the USO and its extraordinary WWII work with an evening of choice moments from performances by Bob Hope’s Foxhole unit in the Pacific theatre along with a smattering from other USO Camp Shows and the Stage Door and Hollywood Canteens. Look for great songs like “Thanks For The Memory”, “I’m In The Mood For Love”, “It’s Been A Long, Long Time”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “Mairzy Doats” and more.
Event Personnel
Jesse Cloninger, director
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Tim Clarke, trumpet
Larry Fuller, piano
Chuck Redd, drums, vibes
Lynn Seaton, bass
 I'm In The Mood For Love
(1935) Every Night At Eight
Words by Dorothy Fields - Music by Jimmy McHugh
 It's Only A Paper Moon
(1933) Take A Chance
Words by Yip Harburg, Billy Rose - Music by Harold Arlen
 Mairzy Doats
Words & music by Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston, Milton Drake
 Night And Day
(1932) Gay Divorce
Words & music by Cole Porter
 Got A Date With An Angel
(1931) For The Love Of Mike
Words by Clifford Grey, Sonny Miller - Music by Joseph Tunbridge, Jack Waller
 I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time
Words by Neville Fleeson - Music by Albert Von Tilzer
 It's Been A Long, Long Time
Words by Sammy Cahn - Music by Jule Styne
 They're Either Too Young Or Too Old
(1943) Thank Your Lucky Stars
Words by Frank Loesser - Music by Arthur Schwartz
 Buy A Bond
(1945) The All-Star Bond Rally
Words by Harold Adamson - Music by Jimmy McHugh
 When You Wish Upon A Star
(1940) Pinocchio
Words by Ned Washington - Music by Leigh Harline
 Tea For Two
(1925) No No Nanette
Words by Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach - Music by Vincent Youmans
 What Are You Doin' the Rest Of Your Life
(1944) Hollywood Canteen
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Burton Lane
 Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood Mama)
(1939) Follow The Boys
Words & music by Jerry Brandow, Lenny Kent, Edward Robinson, Willie Spotswood, Leonard Ware
 I'm The Secretary To The Sultan
(1943) Riding High
Words by Leo Robin - Music by Ralph Rainger
 You Made Me Love You
(1913) The Honeymoon Express
Words by Joseph McCarthy - Music by James V. Monaco
 God Bless America
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 The Man I Love
(1924) Strike Up The Band
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Thanks For The Memory
(1938) The Big Broadcast of 1938
Words by Leo Robin - Music by Ralph Rainger
 Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
(1941) Buck Privates
Words & music by Don Raye, Hughie Prince
Ticket/Venue Info
Somewhere In The South Pacific 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