Calling All Big Band Music Lovers….

Calling all ladies and gentlemen to the Arcadia Theater on Saturday, April 28th at 7:30 pm to listen to the wonderful sounds of the big band era performed by the BoilerMaker Jazz Band.


In the twentieth century in the United States, each succeeding generation embraced its own immensely popular, rhythmically strong and rebellious musical forms which were either danced to or simply listened to for entertainment. At the turn of the century, it was Ragtime. Then in the post World War-I period the country entered the Jazz Age and Charlestoned its way through the Roaring Twenties until it was dashed back to reality by the market crash of 1929.

The country then groped for a new beat and found it in the music of the Big Bands led at first by Duke EllingtonFletcher Henderson, Jimmie Lunceford, Glen Gray and Chick Webb and later by Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman and, of course, Benny Goodman who’s band defined the entire era thus earning him the arguable title of “King of Swing”.

There were, of course, many dance-oriented big bands in the early 1930’s even before the term Swing was ever used.  Many others in the tough early years of the Depression were laying the groundwork for this new music and even left a legacy of hundreds of recordings. What they had in common were good sidemen and outstanding arrangers.   They were geniuses at writing swinging charts in which the various sections of the orchestra interacted in highly original Jazz-oriented ways and which left plenty of room for improvised solos.

What these bands lacked at that time was the organization, cohesive power and drive needed to divert America’s attention from its infatuation with sweet music in the early Depression years.   Now enter Benny Goodman, a successful studio and pit band musician formerly with Ben Pollack’s orchestra. At the suggestion of John Hammond, Goodman led a recording group in 1934 with limited success. By 1935 he had a permanent band that was capable of generating considerable excitement and even landed a spot on a late night national radio show called Let’s Dance. What separated Goodman’s band from the other excellent bands of that year?  Goodman was a hard-driving perfectionist and a leader who demanded long rehearsals and exact musical technique while still allowing soloists room for individual expression.

Therefore, his bands didn’t only swing like mad; they also possessed clean attack and perfect intonation.

So, come to the Arcadia and listen as the Boilermaker Jazz band recreate the music of Benny Goodman and his orchestra.  Tickets are ON SALE NOW!

Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.  Or order online from this website.  Just click on the BUY TICKETS tab.

And so, we say goodnight, for now, all you wonderful listeners (readers in our case)!


                                       Benny Goodman and his band.


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On this day in history……and What Do We Celebrate Today?


April 18, 1775 –  Paul Revere makes his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Ma., shouting “the Red Coats are coming” as the American Revolutionary War begins.

The words associated as a historic utterance by Paul Revere were actually the creation of poet Henry Longfellow. In “Paul Revere’s Ride,” the poet gave the patriot this famous line: “One if by land, and two if by sea…”

The famous “midnight message of Paul Revere” continues “And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm through every Middlesex village and farm…”

The idea that Revere yelled “The British are coming!” is also widely disputed. According to the History Channel’s website, Revere would not have yelled anything because the mission was a secretive one. Moreover, American patriots regarded themselves as British so the phrase is unlikely to have actually been used, as it is historically inaccurate.

April 18, 1906 –  The Great San Fransisco earthquake hits.  Today marks the 112th anniversary of the devastating 1906 earthquake and subsequent inferno that ravaged San Francisco and surrounding areas.

More than 3,000 people are believed to have died and an estimated 28,000 buildings were wiped out as a result of the catastrophic events, according to research. The quake itself, which featured shaking lasting for some 45 to 60 seconds, was said to have been felt from as far away as Los Angeles, southern Oregon, and central Nevada, according to the United States Geological Survey.

“The California earthquake of April 18, 1906 ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time,” according to the USGS.



International Jugglers Day and World Juggler’s Day

Date When Celebrated: Always April 18th

World Juggler’s Day – Saturday Closest to June 17th

International Jugglers Day and World Juggler’s Day celebrates the skill of juggling and those talented people who can juggle many balls and objects at a time. Common objects include balls, clubs, swords, plates, rings, and flaming sticks. The best jugglers can juggle up to ten balls at a time.

Juggling is a skill and form of entertainment that has been around for thousands and thousands of years. Some of the earliest recorded history supplies proof that juggling was around during the early days of civilized Man. Juggling is primarily entertainment. It is most well documented in Medieval times in Europe. It remains popular today. It can be most frequently seen when the circus comes to town.

Some might suggest that office workers are juggles, as they multitask and keep several “balls” (projects) going at the same time.

Celebrate Juggling Day by watching a juggler at work. Better still, get several balls and give juggling a try. ‘Ya never know, you just might be a talented juggler!

Origin of “Jugglers Day”:

According to Juggler James Reid: “World Juggling Day was originally established in the mid-1980’s as “National Juggling Day” by the International Jugglers’ Association(IJA).”

Due to the lack of documentation, we are uncertain why there is both an International Juggler’s Day and a World Juggler’s Day.

National Columnists Day

Date When Celebrated: Always April 18th

National Columnists Day recognizes the importance and value of newspaper columnists.

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which was founded in 1977, sponsors and promotes this day in support of columnists and journalists around the world. This day is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance and contributions made by columnists and journalists.

Do you want to participate in this day? Read a newspaper column. Or, show some appreciation to these writers.

The Origin of Columnists:

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists created National Columnists Day. It was established on April 18th, in memory of the day columnist, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Ernie Pyle was killed in World War II.

We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day.


Did You know……

Of course, we all know that today is the deadline for 2017 Income Taxes.  While this is common knowledge, did you also know these fun facts about today:

Blah, Blah, Blah Day

Date When Celebrated: Always April 17th

Blah, Blah, Blah Day just might be the blah-est day of the year. (And the weather today certainly backs this up!)

The intent of this day is to do all of the projects and things that people have been nagging you to do. This may include quitting a habit, losing weight, or working on home projects. The “Honey Do” list or job jar is a top target for today.

Did you know? Blah, Blah, Blah Day is a copyrighted holiday. It was created and is provided, courtesy of the great folks at

For any of you Seinfeld fans, maybe there should also be a “YaDa, YaDa, YaDa” Day!

Pet Owners Independence Day

Date When Celebrated: Always April 17

Pet Owners Independence Day is indeed a time to celebrate. First of all, if you have a pet, that is the reason in itself to celebrate. For, it is truly great to own a pet.

But, what is the meaning of this day? You could make a lot of guesses. There’s little documentation on the internet about this day. What information exists, may surprise you. The few websites that offer an explanation of this day, suggest it’s a day for your pets to go to work and you stay home……(wouldn’t that be nice!)

So, if you own a pet, do a switcheroo of roles today!

Origin of “Pet Owners Independence Day”:

Our research did not find the creator or the origin of this day.



Other known recognitions on this day: 

Bat Appreciation Day




and National Cheeseball Day.

A Great Big Thank You From the Arcadia Guild

The Arcadia Guild wants to give a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone who supported their latest road trip to Rocky Gap Casino on April 12th.

The bus was completely sold out thanks to all of their supporters.

By supporting the events of the Guild, you are in turn supporting the Theater and we are truly grateful!

Alert, Alert – We’ll be Swinging at the Arcadia

Great seats are still available for our upcoming show, “When Swing Was King” – A Tribute to Benny Goodman on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 7:30 pm.

Ticket prices are $26, $30, and $35, depending on the seats you may choose.  Call the Box Office, Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Or you can order your own tickets online by clicking on the BUY TICKETS tab of this website, pick the When Swing Was King show, review the seating chart, pick your seats, pay with a debit/credit card and then print out your confirmation sheet.  It’s very simple!

The hot sounds of the jazz age come alive with the Boilermaker Jazz Band! Led by Paul Cosentino on clarinet, this acclaimed group serves up swinging renditions of jazz classics, swing music, and rarities through superb instrumentals and heartfelt vocals. With their unique brand of musical Americana and hot jazz revelry, the Boilermakers bring the party to you! This fun, professional band has been making music and memories for more than 25 years!

Come join us as they celebrate the music of Benny Goodman!

We’ll be Swinging the Night Away!

Join us

at the Arcadia as we welcome the Boilermaker Jazz Band as they honor the Big Band Era, swing and jazz music, and Benny Goodman.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

7:30 pm

Ticket Prices:  $26, $30, $35

Call the Box Office, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm – 814-467-9070.  Or click on the BUY TICKETS tab of this website, click on the When Swing Was King Show, review the seating chart, pick your seats, pay for them with a debit/credit card, and then print out your confirmation sheet.  If you are having problems with the process, call us today!


Have a Happy……

Golfer’s Day (Golf Day)

Date When Celebrated: Always on April 10

Some avid golfers might suggest any and every day is Golfer’s Day. But on this day, it’s official. The only question is, does this day honor the golfer, the sport, or the weather? Well, it’s a little of each. Golfer’s Day is an opportunity to be thankful that someone invented this addicting, yet relaxing hobby.

Also referred to as “Golf Day”, there is only one proper way to enjoy this day. And, that’s out on the golf course.

When Golfer’s Day falls on a weekday, it is even more special. That means you now have an excuse to take a day off of work and go play a round …or two. Regardless of your score today, you know that even a bad day on the greens is better than a good day at work.

Origin of “Golfer’s Day”:

Extensive research on this day came up with very little substantial information around the history or origin of this day.  On April 10, 1916, the Professional Golf Associaton (PGA) was founded on this day, and first professional golf tournament was held.  We know why this day was created. But, we do not know who created or when it began (obviously on or after April 10, 1916).

A reader pointed out that the tubular steel golf club shaft was approved for championship play on this day in 1924.


National Sibling Day

Date When Celebrated: Always April 10

National Sibling Day is a day to appreciate and cherish your brothers and sisters. Siblings are truly a special blessing that we probably all too often take for granted. They are often our best friends and supporters through life. Another reason to celebrate is that not everyone is lucky enough to have siblings. Their lives are significantly different growing up, and throughout life.

Celebrate National Sibling Day in a variety of ways. It’s a great time to be thankful for your sibling. But, most importantly get in touch with your siblings. Visit them if they live nearby. Call them, if they live far away. Send them a card, a letter, gifts, or flowers.

National Sibling Day is similar to Brothers and Sisters Day, which is celebrated on May 2and.

Origin of “National Sibling Day”:

Claudia A. Evart, President, and Founder of this day initiated National Sibling Day after the tragic deaths of her brother and sister.

Twenty-two state governors have issued a proclamation on this day. President Bill Clinton has supported it. However, we are not aware of any presidential proclamation or an act of Congress making this a true “National ” day.


Jazz and Swing Music Combined in One Show

Get ready as the BoilerMaker Jazz Band performs at the Arcadia Theater on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 7:30 pm. 

Come and listen to the band play the music of the late, great Benny Goodman.  The Boilermaker jazz band will bring the energy and delicate swing of the Big Band Era right to you in Windber,  PA.

Purchase your tickets online by clicking on the BUY TICKETS tab of this website, choose your seats from the seating chart, pay for your tickets with a debit/credit card, and then print out your confirmation sheet.  Or, you can call (814-467-9070) or stop by the Box Office, Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Ticket prices are very affordable – $26, $30, $35  per person.




Get Ready to Swing the Night Away………….

Join us at the Arcadia on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 7:30 pm for the music of The Boilermaker Jazz Band performing “When Swing Was King” – The Music of Benny Goodman.

This show features the best of Benny Goodman’s small band classics, big band themes, and great tunes made famous by Goodman’s band.  Enjoy the sounds of Paul Cosentino and the Boilermaker Jazz band as they bring the energy and delicate swing of the small bands to you!

Ticket Prices:  $26, $30, $35.

Call the Box Office at 814-467-9070 between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.  Or click on the BUY TICKETS tab of this website, select your seats, pay for them with a debit/credit card, print out your confirmation/ticket sheet, and then get ready for the show!  It’s that simple.

Come and take a trip back with the Boilermaker Jazz Band and SWING the night away!