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In February 1941, at the urging of President Franklin Roosevelt, the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic Community service, the National Travelers Aid Association and National Jewish Welfare Board joined forces to form the non-profit United Service Organization (USO) with the mission of providing morale support for U.S. military personnel and their families by establishing places for soldiers to go for rest and relaxation and organizing entertainment. The USO accomplished the first of these goals by creating relaxation centers close to military bases throughout the United States—over 2,000 in all by the end of WWII, the most famous of which were New York’s Stage Door Canteen and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Canteen, which were made famous by the films made about them.
The USO tackled its second goal by creating the USO Camp Shows, a separate organization founded under its auspices in October 1941. USO Camp Shows organized its service into 4 show circuits: the State-side Victory and Blue circuits presented full-sized shows to large bases and smaller shows to smaller bases; the Hospital circuit sent entertainers and artists (who sketched portraits of patients) to US military hospitals; and the Foxhole circuit sent entertainers, most often in small units of 4 to 6, overseas to entertain the troops on the front lines. The most famous of these, of course, was Bob Hope and his troop, which included Frances Langford, Patty Thomas, Jerry Colonna and Tony Romano. But there were many more—by 1945 over 700 USO camp shows were being performed each day before audiences ranging from 25 to 15,000. In all, through the duration of WWII USO Camp Shows presented 208,178 performances to an estimated 161 million American service men and women.
Jesse Cloninger and the Festival big band and vocalists pay tribute to the USO and its extraordinary WWII work with an evening of choice moments from performances by Bob Hope’s Foxhole unit in the Pacific theatre along with a smattering from other USO Camp Shows and the Stage Door and Hollywood Canteens. Look for great songs like “Thanks For The Memory”, “I’m In The Mood For Love”, “It’s Been A Long, Long Time”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “Mairzy Doats” and more.
Event Personnel
Directors
Jesse Cloninger, director
Vocalists
Musicians
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Tim Clarke, trumpet
Larry Fuller, piano
Chuck Redd, drums, vibes
Lynn Seaton, bass
Program
SET I. IN THE FIELD, OVERSEAS
 I'm In The Mood For Love
(1935) Every Night At Eight - Dorothy Fields (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 It's Only A Paper Moon
(1933) Take A Chance - Yip Harburg, Billy Rose (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 Mairzy Doats
(1943) - Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston, Milton Drake (w/m)
 Night And Day
(1932) Gay Divorce - Cole Porter (w/m)
 Got A Date With An Angel
(1931) For The Love Of Mike - Clifford Grey, Sonny Miller (w) Joseph Tunbridge, Jack Waller (m)
 I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time
(1920) - Neville Fleeson (w) Albert Von Tilzer (m)
SET II. AT AN AFB OUTSIDE THE U.S.
 It's Been A Long, Long Time
(1945) - Sammy Cahn (w) Jule Styne (m)
 They're Either Too Young Or Too Old
(1943) Thank Your Lucky Stars - Frank Loesser (w) Arthur Schwartz (m)
 Buy A Bond
(1945) The All-Star Bond Rally - Harold Adamson (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 When You Wish Upon A Star
(1940) Pinocchio - Ned Washington (w) Leigh Harline (m)
 Tea For Two
(1925) No No Nanette - Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach (w) Vincent Youmans (m)
 What Are You Doin' the Rest Of Your Life
(1944) Hollywood Canteen - Ted Koehler (w) Burton Lane (m)
 Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood Mama)
(1939) Follow The Boys - Jerry Brandow, Lenny Kent, Edward Robinson, Willie Spotswood, Leonard Ware (w/m)
SET III. STATE-SIDE ON AN AFB
 I'm The Secretary To The Sultan
(1943) Riding High - Leo Robin (w) Ralph Rainger (m)
 You Made Me Love You
(1913) The Honeymoon Express - Joseph McCarthy (w) James V. Monaco (m)
 God Bless America
(1938) - Irving Berlin (w/m)
 The Man I Love
(1924) Strike Up The Band - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Thanks For The Memory
(1938) The Big Broadcast of 1938 - Leo Robin (w) Ralph Rainger (m)
 Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
(1941) Buck Privates - Don Raye, Hughie Prince (w/m)
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A38.00  34.25  32.50  30.50  19.00 
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C28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  14.00 
D20.00  18.00  17.00  16.00  10.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
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