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A page dedicated to the history of one of
the first swing choirs in Illinois!

Look familiar?

Cary-Grove has undergone many changes in the past 30 years, but this view hasn't changed at all! For C-G music students, this part of the school was our "second home."

This is the entrance to the backstage area, with the auditorium on the left and the band office, instrument room and costume closet on the right.

about the school
Cary-Grove High School is located in Cary, Illinois, USA. It opened in 1961, and serves the towns of Cary and Fox River Grove. In 2005, the enrollment was approximately 1,700 students.
about the swing choir
Dana Floor became the choir director in 1972. During the 1973-74 school year, he added something new to the music department: a swing choir.

Unlike a traditional choir or glee club, a swing choir performs contemporary music with choreography, and is accompanied by piano, bass and drums. Broadway showtunes, popular hits, old standards and secular holiday music make up the typical swing choir repertoire.

about these pages
In 2005, memories of Cary-Grove occupied my thoughts more than usual. I had recently converted my old choir albums to CD, and in May of that year, Mr. Floor was honored with a fantastic retirement concert. I started a small website containing just my Swing Choir pictures, and (like most websites) it just kept growing and growing! I am always on the trail of Swing Choir pictures from yesteryear, and hope to have all years represented some day.

On the next few pages, you will find lots of photos, arranged from the oldest to the most recent. Check them out!

If you have a Swing Choir picture you'd like to send me, I'd be happy to post it on this page!

check this out!
...a list of every Cary-Grove
musical from 1962 to the present day!

That's quite a tradition of excellence!

1962 - The Mikado
1963 - Bells Are Ringing
1964 - The Music Man
1965 - Lil' Abner
1966 - Bye Bye Birdie
1967 - Oklahoma!
1968 - Wonderful Town
1969 - HMS Pinafore
1970 - Carousel
1971 - Hello, Dolly
1972 - The Unsinkable Molly Brown
1973 - Guys & Dolls
1974 - Fiddler On The Roof
1975 - The Sound Of Music
1976 - Oklahoma!, 1776
1977 - South Pacific
1978 - Anything Goes
1979 - Finian's Rainbow
1980 - Oliver!
1981 - Carousel
1982 - Showboat
1983 - Brigadoon
1984 - The Music Man
1985 - Mame
1986 - Bye Bye Birdie
1987 - Lil' Abner
1988 - The Pirates Of Penzance
1989 - Anything Goes
1990 - Hello, Dolly
1991 - Annie Get Your Gun
1992 - Guys & Dolls
1993 - Once Upon A Mattress
1994 - The Wiz
1995 - 42nd Street, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
1996 - West Side Story
1997 - Damn Yankees
1998 - Brigadoon
1999 - Crazy For You
2000 - Annie
2001 - Guys & Dolls
2002 - Little Shop Of Horrors
2003 - Footloose
2004 - Les Miserables, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2005 - Once On This Island
2006 - Seussical The Musical
2007 - 42nd Street
2008 - The Wiz
2009 - Thoroughly Modern Millie
2010 - Curtains
2011 - Les Miserables
2012 - Urinetown: The Musical
2013 - Fiddler On The Roof

audio & video

Ray Rayner Show - December 1978
Originally recorded on black & white reel-to-reel video tape,
transferred to VHS and filmed from my TV.
Watch on Internet Archive.


Mister Santa

Singing the National Anthem at a Chicago Cubs game - May 1980
Originally recorded on black & white reel-to-reel video tape,
transferred to VHS and filmed from my TV.
Watch on Internet Archive.

Cubs Game

Audio performance of "Cathedral" - May 1979
Recorded on LP and transferred to CD. Listen on YouTube.


Daley Plaza in Chicago - December 2011
Watch on YouTube.

Mister Santa
Sleigh Ride


OK, this isn't the Swing Choir...
this is the Concert Choir in 1970-71,
under the direction of Alan Wedertz

The very first C-G Swing Choir!

"Sleigh Ride" --December 1973
This is the classic "sleigh" choreography in "Sleigh Ride."
The song is still performed in exactly the same way
today. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page
to see the 2004-05 group performing it.

Night Club 1974

This is the group I first saw when I was 12 years old.
Needless to say, I was starstruck!

**Actually, I did get to "perform" with this group.
For my birthday, I took some friends to see Night Club 1975. During the song
"Life is a Cabaret," each member chose a person from the audience
and danced with them. My friend Julie's sister Val was
in the group, and (because it was my birthday) she arranged for
her partner to choose me!



Night Club 1977
My, those dresses were short!


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