While music is often enjoyed as pure entertainment, it can also be described as therapeutic. The Big Band era was developed and enjoyed in the 1930s and ‘40s which history reveals were turbulent years for our country. Prohibition, the Depression and of course, World War II were difficult times but the Big Band era, helped people forget and even soothed the troubles associated with that time frame.

The Era of Big Bands is the next in a series of Arizona historical presentations presented by the recreation division of Florence Community Services in conjunction with the Az Humanities and its AZ Speaks program. This presentation is on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center.

Big Band music can trigger joyful memories for those whose youth occurred in the 1940s. Speaker Erik Larson will bring original recordings of many of those bands and vocalists while sharing stories associated with the performers and the music.

All the presentations are free. The Community Center is located at 778 N. Main Street.

For more information, call Megan Cetta at (520) 868-7589.