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Battle of the Bands arrives in Mtn. View Sunday

Gary Vecchiarelli Productions’ 1940s Battle of the Big Bands comes to Mountain View this weekend.

The show – featuring Big Band music from the ’40s by Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, and starring vocalists Nancy Osborne and Bill A. Jones – is scheduled 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Battle of the Bands is part of an eight-year series that Las Vegas-based Vecchiarelli launched in 2014. The concert features two 13-piece orchestras accompanying the vocalists to help bring the music to life. At the end of each performance, the audience chooses their favorite music and bandleader, with the winner returning for future shows.

Osborne is a jazz singer and actress who starred in the Canadian play “Viagra Falls.” Jones is a singer, voice-over artist and emcee who is best known for playing news anchor Rod Remington on the TV show “Glee.”

The vocalists and bands will perform a two-hour show; there will also be a 15-minute intermission.

“My goal is (to provide) total entertainment to the audience – for them to walk away and feel 100 percent satisfied not only with the ticket price, but the presentation of the music,” Vecchiarelli said. “That (it is) original and from that era, which they can relate to.”

Like much of the audience, Vecchiarelli shares a love for Big Band music.

“My father-in-law used to play Big Band music all the time. He worked at General Electric and he tinkered in his garage. During that time, he had a number of Big Band leaders’ music and it kind of clicked in my ear, ‘What a wonderful sound’, and it has gone from there,” he said. “I’ve always put my heart in it and I’ve always wanted to be able to put together music that the audience would be entertained with.”

The show next stops in Livermore, then San Jose as part of its California tour.

For tickets ($49-$59) and more information, call 903-6000 or visit

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