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The 3rd Annual Stars & Stripes USO Show presented by Bright House Networks at the Armed Forces History Museum on Saturday, October 11th will feature the Lorri Hafer Swingin’ Band as well as tribute performances of big band singing sensations by Andy Stefano’s Cast of All Stars.  This spectacular big band show, dance and salute to our nation’s troops will also feature show hostesses, vintage attire, era actors, photo opportunities, a full bar, valet parking and a red carpet welcome.  The event is a fundraiser for the museum’s veteran and youth education programs.

 Lorri Hafer is no stranger to the big band sound and delivery.  She is the daughter of composer /arranger /Academy Award nominee Al Ham and his wife, Mary Mayo.  They met while they were both performing with the post war Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke. She started her career at the age of five on the Guy Mitchell record, “If You Ever Go Away”, and as a model for the Madame Alexander Doll Company.  In 1971, Lorri was the lead vocalist with The Hillside Singers, who, along with her mother Mary Mayo, recorded the Coca-Cola song, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony”.  Lorri and several members of The Hillside Singers were reunited in 2003 on the PBS Special, “American Soundtrack: This Land is Our Land – The Folk Rock Years 2”.

 In 1981, Lorri was the opening act for organist Lenny Dee at his supper club when she visited a jam session.  It was there that she met fellow musician Mike Hafer, whom she later married. Shortly thereafter, Lorri toured as the featured vocalist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra throughout the United States and Japan.  She was also a special guest vocalist for Buddy Morrow and The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

 Following these tours, Mike and Lorri began their own U.S. tour and recorded their first CD, “Something Cool” in 1986.  Lorri and Mike founded The Music of Your Life Trio in 1988.  Mike and Lorri’s second album, “You’re My Best Friend”, a collection of inspirational songs, was released in 1994, and the duo was featured on several inspirational programs including The 700 Club.

 Lorri’s first solo CD, “The Very Thought of You”, was released in 2001. Featuring a collection of standards from the Great American Songbook, the CD  includes a swinging solo version of The Hillside Singers 1971 hit, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony”.  The CD received both national and international airplay in the US, the UK, Italy, the Caribbean, and New Zealand.

 In 2004, Lorri was invited to be a part of the Music of Your Life show in Branson, MO where Lorri was the featured vocalist with Les Brown’s Band of Renown.  Les Brown, Jr. stated,  “Lorri is a smash hit! I watched her mesmerize a standing room only packed theater. I was so impressed with her vocal clarity and stylings…the crowd embraced her.”

 Lorri has shared the stage with Margaret Whiting, Frankie Laine, The Four Lads, Deana Martin, Maria Muldaur, Eric Darling of The Rooftop Singers, Jim Brady of The Sandpipers, and Denny Doherty and Michele Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas, and Trini Lopez.  Lorri also appeared as the opening act for comedian Bob Newhart at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa.  Most recently, Lorri made her debut at NYC’s famed Metropolitan Room.

Saturday October 11th  the Lorri Hafer Swingin’ Band will make their way to the Armed Forces History Museum as Bright House Networks presents the 3rd Annual Stars & Stripes USO Show.  Tickets are $24 for general admission with doors opening at 7pm.  A limited number of $50 VIP tickets are available, which includes a  pre-event full dinner at 6pm.  Tickets may be purchased at, by calling 727.539.8371 or in person at the museum.  VIP tickets have sold out the past two years.

 The event is sponsored by USO Central Florida, Swing Gang, Walgreens, the Tampa Bay Times, the Florida Restaurant Purchasing Group  and Bright House Networks.


The Armed Forces History Museum is pleased to welcome back the Stars & Stripes USA Spirit of America Show on Friday, March 22nd. Back by popular demand following last year’s successful event.

Tickets are on sale now at any of the Swing Gang Weekly Dances –  Sunday or Tuesday.  General admission tickets are available for $24. Groups of 10 or more get a $3 per ticket discount.
ONLINE: Get them now HERE (Includes Web Service Fee), by calling 727.539.8371 or in person at the museum.

Doors open at 7:30pm for those with general admission tickets. The event will end at 11 pm. A limited number of $45 VIP tickets are available and include a full dinner buffet thanks to the Florida Restaurant Purchasing Group. Doors for the VIP’s open at 6pm.

The Stars & Stripes USA Spirit of America Show is a spectacular big band show and salute to our troops. It features the 19-piece 10 O’Clock Big Swing Band Orchestra, guest singers performing tributes to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, show hostesses, full bars, WWII reenactors from the 1st Infantry Division, paparazzi, a red carpet welcome and valet parking. Swing dance lessons will be available from 7:30pm to 8pm. The 10 O’Clock Big Swing Band Orchestra will play live beginning at 8pm.

Last year’s VIP tickets sold out quickly therefore, we suggest that those wishing to purchase these tickets this year do so early. The Stars & Stripes USA Spirit of America show is sponsored by Swing Gang, Clearwater Toyota, the Tampa Bay Times, and The Studio Graphic Design.

Proceeds from the 2013 Special Event Series benefit the community outreach, youth education and veteran’s programs of the Armed Forces History Museum.


Posted By: Johnny Dancer

Experience an authentic 1940’s Re-enactment at the Stars and Stripes U.S.A. spectacular big band show, dance, and historical salute to our troops.  Capture the heroic American Spirit of WWII at the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 – 34th Way North, Largo, Florida 33771, on Friday, September 7, 2012, 7:30 PM to midnight.  Military, vintage or dress attire is welcomed and commended. Delight in the big sound of real swing music with the 10 O’Clock Big Band – 19 piece orchestra featuring tribute performances with singing sensations from the big-band era. Learn to swing dance and dance all night.  Taxi dancers are available.  Admission includes a red carpet welcome, museum tour, free dance lesson, and cash bar.

Click HERE to see the Video Presentation

Tickets are on sale now at the Armed Forces History Museum, online at or by calling 727-539-8371.  General admission tickets are $23.  Special VIP tickets are $35 with full dinner buffet in the VIP lounge.  Groups of 10 or more receive a $3 discount off any ticket purchase.

Become immersed in the era of America’s Greatest Generation.  This generation pulled together with enormous sacrifice and courage to not only preserve our freedom, but through their amazing grace and spirit produced some of the most talented musicians, actors, writers, dancers and artists that will ever be.  Come celebrate our legacy at the Stars & Stripes Spirit of America Show.