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About a month remains until Cal Poly begins its fall 2015 quarter. Cuesta College’s fall semester is already here. A wealth of learning and memories awaits, but you’ve gotta adjust to the particulars of a collegiate lifestyle. So, why not attend the Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band’s performance on Saturday, Aug. 29? After all, who better to get you into the SWING of things?

What’s that? You have a hunch I wrote this column purely to make that terrible pun? It wouldn’t be the first time, Jenkins, but maybe Ben Franklin could help ya forget the whole thing. ... Speaking of suspiciously large quantities of cash, that’s not required to attend. As a matter of fact, this performance, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Madonna Inn ballroom, is free. And it’s gonna be a good one! 

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This is the 48-year reunion of the group made up of 20 musicians who’ve had quite a bit of practice massaging the air with big band jazz and swing grooves from the 1940s through the 1960s. The members themselves are graduates from that time span! The Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band’s members travel from across the U.S. for this reunion performance, returning to the town of their alma mater. Additionally, Cal Poly music major Troy Hanson, bassist and winner of the 2014-15 Cal Poly Collegians’ Jazz Scholarship, will join the group as a guest for this performance. 

A belated congratulations on your scholarship, Troy! As the Collegians tend to draw a full house every year, it would be best to make a reservation and dine at the Madonna Inn Gold Rush Steak House—this is the only way to guarantee seating at the event. Otherwise, non-diners, whether there to sing or just listen, are accommodated first-come, first served. Dinner reservations at the Madonna Inn steak house can be acquired by calling 543-3000.

It’s pretty cool to see how the experiences that both college and musical ensembles offer continue leave grand impressions for a lifetime. Incoming and returning students alike who feel the need to make connections: You would be highly advised to find your extracurricular passion—be it music or otherwise—and never forget that it doesn’t have to remain extracurricular if your devotion to it feels deep enough. Work as hard as you can to be yourself, and never stop. If you play your cards right, the world around you will be changed for the better because you were you.

Contributor Chris White-Sanborn loves to sing-a, about the moon-a and the June-a and the spring-a, but as this is summer’s end we won’t be seeing any of those things for a very long time. Send her your collegiate news via cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com and protect your loved ones from the now unfettered tide.

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