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Sylvania News of Music: 7-17


Jerry Knorr, son of the late bandmaster Johnny, keeps the musical tradition strong at Centennial Terrace.


Centennial Terrace to mark its 75th anniversaryCentennial Terrace, you don’t look a day over 70. Yet just ahead is a big, big marker for you, the area’s beloved outdoor concert venue/​dance floor: the 75th anniversary of Centennial. Action starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, corner of Centennial Road and Erie Street, Sylvania.

On hand will be Jerry Knorr, son of the late Johnny, whose eponymous ensemble was house band for decades. Son is keeping the legend swinging. Joining Jerry on stage will be Sylvania’s town crier, Mike Lieber, to read a proclamation marking the event.

More than 150 orchestras and bands, including those of Glenn Miller, Harry James, Ray Anthony, Les Brown, the Dorsey brothers, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, and others have performed in the shell while couples swirled on the big terrazzo floor under the stars.

Naturally, there will be dancing to big band music on Saturday. Veteran broadcaster Jim Tichy will emcee and handle door prize drawings. Admission is $10 per person and gates open at 6:30 p.m.

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