WMSE's 9th Annual Big Band Grandstand
Experience the awe-inspiring talent of Gunhild Carling, Sweden's Queen of Swing, as she graces the stage once again for a spectacular performance that left the crowd in wonder last year! Secure your tickets now.
Join us for WMSE's Big Band Grandstand, a cherished holiday tradition now in its 9th year, set to take place at Turner Hall Ballroom on Sunday, December 3rd at 4 p.m. This event, annually presented by Bob and Jenny Hillis in honor of Bob and Genie Friedman, promises enjoyment for the entire family.
The enchanting evening commences with a special DJ set by WMSE's very own Dewey Gill, followed by Gunhild Carling, the virtuoso known for her trombone, bagpipes, trumpet, recorder, and string instrument mastery. Gunhild, with her big band accompaniment, showcases her musical prowess, often combining multiple instruments within a single song, all while effortlessly transitioning into tap dance and vocals.
The event will also feature a silent auction boasting enticing items, including Green Bay Packers Tickets courtesy of TicketKing, a Film Buff package from Milwaukee Film comprising Film Director Dual Membership, film festival vouchers, and all-access festival passes valued at $1,500. Additionally, you can bid for the chance to be a WMSE DJ FOR THE DAY, or win fantastic gift cards from your favorite local restaurants and businesses through our gift tree.
As always, proceeds from the Big Band Grandstand support the upkeep of WMSE’s studios, digitization of the station’s jazz library, and powers the WMSE Live Jazz stream 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dress your best and bring your loved ones to Turner Hall Ballroom on Sunday, December 3rd at 4 p.m. for an evening of splendid big band entertainment.
Parking & Directions
Please note that group rates are typically offered for groups of 20 or more, but are sometimes offered for groups of 10 or more. Discounts range from 10-20% but vary from show to show (not all shows support a group rate due to high demand or other restrictions).
Where to Eat
Bag Policy & Prohibited Items
SMALL PURSES ONLY, PLEASE. PURSES ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH
To efficiently create a positive and safe experience for all patrons, only small purses (13″W x 4″D x 9″H and smaller) are allowed into the theater and all are subject to search.
All other bags including backpacks and oversized purses are strictly prohibited and bag storage is NOT available at The Pabst, The Riverside, Turner Hall Ballroom or The Back Room @ Colectivo.
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED AND ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO ANY OF THE VENUES.
Weapons, laser pens, signs, banners, electronic smoking devices (vapes, Juuls, etc.), oversized bags, backpacks, outside food and beverages including water, cans, bottles, alcohol, illegal substances, iPads/tablets, selfie sticks, laptops, professional audio recording devices (unless approved by artist), and any professional photography equipment. The use of vape pens inside the venues are prohibited as well.
PLAN AHEAD: LEAVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME Plan to arrive 30 minutes before you want to be in your seat to allow time to go through our security check. Please leave large bags at home or in your car.
We are not responsible for any personal property that is lost, stolen, or damaged.
Thank you for helping to make all of our events efficient, enjoyable and safe for all.