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PHOTOS: Bedford Big Band takes old-time swing to Presidential Oaks

  • Paul Berler, director of Bedford Big Band, plays a solo on the soprano saxophone during the group's performance at Presidential Oaks in Concord, N.H., on July 15, 2014. Berler said he has directed the band for about five years, and it has been around for about 12 years.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

    Paul Berler, director of Bedford Big Band, plays a solo on the soprano saxophone during the group's performance at Presidential Oaks in Concord, N.H., on July 15, 2014. Berler said he has directed the band for about five years, and it has been around for about 12 years.

    (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

  • Paul Berler of Westford, Mass., directs the  Bedford Big Band during the group's performance at Presidential Oaks in Concord, N.H., on July 15, 2014. "We are a swing band—that's our thing," said Berler, who regaled the audience with banter between classics by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and others.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

    Paul Berler of Westford, Mass., directs the Bedford Big Band during the group's performance at Presidential Oaks in Concord, N.H., on July 15, 2014. "We are a swing band—that's our thing," said Berler, who regaled the audience with banter between classics by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and others.

    (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

  • Lead trumpet player Stan Whitlock of Merrimack, N.H., turns the page on his sheet music after the end of a song during the Bedford Big Band's performance at Presidential Oaks in Concord, N.H., on July 15, 2014.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

    Lead trumpet player Stan Whitlock of Merrimack, N.H., turns the page on his sheet music after the end of a song during the Bedford Big Band's performance at Presidential Oaks in Concord, N.H., on July 15, 2014.

    (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

  • Paul Berler, director of Bedford Big Band, plays a solo on the soprano saxophone during the group's performance at Presidential Oaks in Concord, N.H., on July 15, 2014. Berler said he has directed the band for about five years, and it has been around for about 12 years.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)
  • Paul Berler of Westford, Mass., directs the  Bedford Big Band during the group's performance at Presidential Oaks in Concord, N.H., on July 15, 2014. "We are a swing band—that's our thing," said Berler, who regaled the audience with banter between classics by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and others.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)
  • Lead trumpet player Stan Whitlock of Merrimack, N.H., turns the page on his sheet music after the end of a song during the Bedford Big Band's performance at Presidential Oaks in Concord, N.H., on July 15, 2014.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

The Bedford Big Band took its old-time swing sound indoors at Presidential Oaks in Concord, with energetic Director Paul Berler keeping things interesting between songs by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and other classic artists.

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