The Hendersonville Swing Band, under the direction of trombonist Jerry Zink, plays music of the Big Band era of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. The band is primarily a rehearsal band made up of a group of 17 musicians who get together to play this music for their own enjoyment. Nearly all the members of the band are retirees. At present, the band has members from Henderson, Transylvania, Haywood and Buncombe counties.
The current band is an outgrowth of two earlier groups which had been rehearsing and performing in Henderson County since 1983. The original organization was more of a society orchestra led by Irvin Grimm and called the Grimm Aces. In the late ‘80s, the group evolved into a small dance band called the Stardusters. Players were added to the band until about 1994 when it finally became the band it is today.