The Last Gaspé Band's Tenth Anniversary Dance

Saturday, November 8, 1997, 8:00 P. M., Madison, WI

The Last Gaspé Band played its first gig in November, 1987. The event was the Madison Civic Center's International Holiday Festival. Shortly afterwards, the band started a monthly contra dance in Madison, WI that is still running. The band has played numerous midwestern contra dances and has worked with a variety of local and of-out-town callers over the years.

The band also toured the East Coast in 1995 and 1996. Stops on these tours included contra dances in Baltimore, MD, Glen Echo, MD, Shepherdstown, WV, Cambridge, MA and Freeport, ME. Last Gaspé will be returning to the East Coast for the Northfield, MA Dawn Dance December 31, 1997 and the Cambridge, MA Thursday Dance on April 23, 1998.

Please join the Last Gaspé and caller Marilee Standifer for a celebration of ten years of music and contra dancing on November 8, 1997. The event takes place at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 West Washington St, in Madison, WI.

Instruction for beginners is at 7:30 P.M. Dancing begins at 8:00 P.M. The caller teaches the dances, which consist of both traditional and recently composed contras.

The following images show highlights from the first 10 years of the Last Gaspé Band:

At the Few St. American Legion Hall, Madison, WI, 1990

International Holiday Festival, Madison, WI Civic Center, 1990

Group Photo, Milwaukee, WI, 1990

No. 1, "Inaugural Ball," Madison, WI Dance Club, Jan, 1993

No. 2, "Inaugural Ball," Madison, WI Dance Club, Jan, 1993

Group Photo, Grace Episcopal Church, Madison, WI, 1994

At the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo, MD, March, 1995

 Squirrel Moon Festival, Folklore Village, Ridgeway, WI, Sept., 1996