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Duke Ellington doing one of his piano specialties at the Senior Ball.
The Duke was greatly appreciated by the entire crowd at the dance.
SENIGR B LL
ln answer to demands of the class of '47,
the first senior dance, backed by the Student
Governing Board, was held from I0 p.m. to
I a.m. on April ll, 1947, in the Grand Ball-
room of the Stevens Hotel in Chicago.
Music was provided by Duke laillington and
his highly publicized Orchestra and during
intermission by the lfive Steps of -live, one
of Chicago's most popular combos.
Although originally planned as a costume
affair, the Senior Ball Committee, headed by
.Rose Ann Grundman and Martin Sand, an-
nounced that costumes, formal attire, and
informal clothes would be permissable. How-
ever, over two-thirds ofthe thousand students
who attended were in costume. Even though
no prizes were awarded, students appeared in
costumes outstanding for their elaboratness
Dancing stopped and all eyes and ears were directed toward Duke Hllingtoxfs Orchestra as they played one of their famous jazz selections.
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