The Troppo Big Band Orchestra performs at the “Prelude to an Eve” Dec. 31, 2017, at the Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls. The group will return Monday, Dec. 31, to the arts center for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

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This week: Robert Heintz, Troppo Big Band Jazz Orchestra’s director. The band will be performing “Prelude to an Eve” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls.

What is “Prelude to an Eve,” and how long has Troppo Big Band Jazz Orchestra been holding this event?

Bud Morgan of Morgan Music originally named our event. Bud thought it was a great way to signal the beginning of our New Year’s Eve celebration.

We have been celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Heyde Center since 2008 — ten years!

The band has been performing together since 2004.

What are some examples of the types of music the band will be playing?

We will be playing all types of dance, popular and jazz music, including selections from Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Gloria Gaynor, Lady Gaga, as well as music from Jersey Boys and Queen.

How many people make up Troppo Big Band Jazz Orchestra?

We have 22 members, including two vocalists. Troppo features musicians of all ages and enjoys an extensive lineup of talent with years of performing experience behind them.

All members are part of our community, who donate their time and energy for the purpose of bringing great music to the Chippewa Valley.

How would you describe the mood that night?

The mood is one of celebration, fun and dancing. One of our traditional highlights will be having the entire crowd join us in singing “Auld Lang Syne” together.

What do you enjoy about the event?

I enjoy seeing members of our community, from toddlers to octogenarians, come out to dance, enjoy the music and have a wonderful evening.

Why should people choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Heyde Center?

I would like to invite everyone to join us on New Year’s Eve, celebrating the ending of 2018 in a fun and joyous forum, to help welcome in 2019.

It’s going to be a great show, with one of the best big bands around.

The Heyde has a nice dance floor, plenty of tables and offers a variety of appetizers and beverages, as well as a full cash bar.

Would you like to add anything else?

You don’t need to be a dancer to enjoy this event. We have a balcony and table seating for those who wish to sit back and watch the festivities.

— Katy Macek


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