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Halloween Dance planned for Oct. 29 at Errington Hall

Music by the Palace Band begins at 8 p.m.
The Palace Band will play at the Halloween Dance at the Errington War Memorial Hall at 1390 Errington Rd. (PQB News file photo)

People of all ages are welcome to join in the Halloween Dance on Oct. 29 at Errington Hall.

The music begins at 8 p.m. with a high-energy performance by the Palace Band, according to a news release.

As well as playing jazz standards, the band creates arrangements of contemporary music with an old-time feel and aims to bring communities together through music and dance.

“This year’s Halloween Dance is sure to be a hoot, or maybe a howl, depending on whether there are any werewolf costumes,” reads the release. “Trying to identify people behind their masks and outrageous outfits is always a big part of the enjoyment at this event.”

The Palace Band’s past festivals and mini-tours include the Nanaimo Old City Quarter Jazz Festival, Denman Island’s Halloween Dance, Lasqueti Island’s Fall Fair and Parksville’s Canada Day celebration. After two years, the band is itching to get back to live performance.

The ensemble features six Parksville Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo-based musicians: Ashlee Sales (vocals); Tom Bradbrooke (piano); Galen Mongeau (guitar); Luke Sales (trumpet); Kevin Robinson (bass) and James McRae (drums).

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The group was formed in 2007 as the house band for the Errington Hall’s annual “Night at the Palace” vaudeville/burlesque revue.

Home baked goodies, ginger tea and Creekmore’s coffee will be available from the kitchen.

Tickets are $20 at Shades of Green and the Errington Store. They can also be found for $22.50 online.

Children ages six to 12 are $5 at the door and free for under age six. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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