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Date: October 21, 2004 (04-98) 

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Swing Takes Center Stage at Montgomery College
‘College Rhythm’ – Night of Swing Music and Dancing, Nov. 13  

Montgomery College invites you to ditch your heels and lace up a pair of dancing shoes for “College Rhythm,” a night of sizzling hot swing music on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 8-11 p.m.  “College Rhythm” features Doug Bowles and his SingCo Rhythm Orchestra, a 12-piece swing band from the Washington metropolitan area.  If you need to brush up on your swing dancing, professional dancers from Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg’s Gottaswing troupe will offer swing dance instruction and exhibition dances.  “College Rhythm” will be held at the College’s Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville.  The cost is $20 cash or check only, which will be collected at the door, with all proceeds going to the College’s Music Scholarship Fund.     

The evening’s music will include all your swing favorites mixed with rare numbers from the Cotton Club era (Calloway, Ellington) and music of the late 1920s from the Arnheim Orchestra, The Original Nighthawks, Roger Wolfe Kahn and others.  

The SingCo Rhythm Orchestra specializes in the jazz and dance music of the classic swing era (1927 – 1950).  Orchestra members include world renowned jazz and swing specialists, touring musicians, two staff arrangers and singers with local, national, and international success.  Doug Bowles directs the ensemble, plays the occasional piano solo and serves as orchestra “front man.”  In 1997, he founded SingCo Music ( and has lead the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra; the smaller group, Combo-Nation; and various show-style events since that time. 

Additionally, Bowles has worked as a staff pianist and singer for Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra, Peaches O’Dell and her He Man Orchestra and as occasional guest vocalist for The New Columbia Swing Orchestra.   

Bowles teaches voice as an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery College and American University.  He earned his master’s degree in music from Catholic University in 1993, where he was the first recipient of the Pavarotti Scholarship offered by the National Italian American Foundation.  Writer and producer of two shows, Bowles also performs as an operatic tenor, jazz singer, pianist, music director, and soloist in sacred music and Oratorio.    

For more information on the concert, please contact the Montgomery College Music Department at the Rockville Campus at 240-567-5209 or log on

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.