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18 days ago
09/12/2020, 05:57 AM
Everything.....I have an interesting story to tell you...
When I was 16 yrs old I had my first date with my new boyfriend, Bruno Masdea. He was 18 n we went to the Valley Dale for a high school dance. I will try to make this short because after our first date, amazing things happened in our lives.We fell in love, n married in 1952. He was sent to Korea for one year. He returned Valentines Day, 1953. The happiest day of my life!
He played the trumpet n always had a great love of big band music. He had a 5 piece band that played for weddings. In the meantime we had two precious, adorable girls, that we loved with all our hearts, Landa n Margi.
In 1980, Bruno n his friend Dale Groves formed a 17 piece big band. It was called the “Fabulous Forties Big Dance Band”.
They rented the Valley Dale n it was a total sellout. 900 people attended n went crazy for the band. They played for a lot of weddings n corporate functions for the next years.
After a few years, Dale wanted to retire to Florida n left Columbus. We missed a fantastic friend n his family.
Bruno changed the name to “Bruno Masdea Big Band” n again continued for many years as a very popular group. Band members were like family.
As the wheel goes around, Bruno retired his band with a heavy heart. He died December 31, 2016., New Years Eve, his favorite night.
In 2019 my daughter Landa ,who had such an amazing n loving connection to Valley Dale while she was growing up, n her husband Rick Brunetto decided to buy the Valley Dale. They are the new owners n are making things happen again, at the fabulous Dale.
Check Valley Dale. Com for coming events.