image ©1969 by The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.

and many others

1936 to 1945 was the peak, and for years afterwards, people kept asking
“Will the big bands ever come back?”

By creatively blending his profession with his passion,
photo by Jose Luis Trinidad-Alcaraz

Music Librarian Christopher Popa
offers an online answer:


The Big Bands Are Back in a New and Exciting Way!


About Christopher Popa   

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They were legends who made timeless music that continues to appeal to many people.