‘Letters from Home’ arriving at Arts Center

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

December 2, 2013

The 1940’s era trio “Letters from Home” is en route to Yadkin’s cultural arts center.

Erinn Diaz, Serah Haley and Chelsea de la Cuadra will perform the World War II era music in Yadkinville Dec. 20 and 21. The ladies will take the stage from 7:30 p.m. till 10 p.m. each night.

The program is centered around honoring the veterans and current military personnel. The three-part harmony is accompanied by tap dancing, with audience participation highly requested.

“They perform 40s music in the style of the Andrews Sisters,” “Letters” manager Nelson Diaz said. “We pretty much go all over the country [to] different types of venues … bringing joy and happiness to WWII vets really.”

The Andrews Sisters was a popular trio between 1925 and 1967. The sisters’ music has been called an early example of R&B, with songs being covered by other famous singers like Bette Midler and Christina Aquilera.

While “Letters” is sometimes called a tribute band, the three singers perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters rather than actually performing as a tribute.

“Some people call it a tribute, because they do dress in the black uniforms. And they do talk about the Andres Sisters, but that’s because the Andrews Sisters really did a lot for the USO, for the troops,” Diaz said.

“My grandfather, John F. Vance, fought bravely in the front lines of the U.S. Army in Germany during WWII. Only when he was nearing the end of his life did I ever truly begin to get a glimpse into his experience during the war. When Erinn approached me with the idea of putting together a tribute to his era, I was ecstatic,” Haley added.

The performances include a lot of humor and respect, always keeping the veterans the center of the show.

“The 1940s were governed by war in a way that my generation will never know. What I do know is the men that emerged from WWII or any war since then deserve so much more than any thank you I could ever offer,” Haley said. “

“It’s really something, you’ve got to see it,” Diaz said. “It’s hilarious. There’s a lot of comedy involved, there’s a lot of audience interaction.”

The band got started when Diaz and wife Erinn were sitting at her father’s house eating a meal.

Her father suggested the ladies try doing music from the 40’s era, and as the three already had singing and performing experience the trio moved into the style easily.

The trio has been performing a little over three years with great success and fanfare. The ladies have been booked for programs like the CBS Morning Show, parades, air shows, and many other public and private events.

“To be a part of a group that can honor veterans from all eras, thank active duty service members and their loved ones, bring smiles to faces of the weak and the able-bodied alike, and can touch people from all ages, backgrounds and walks of life is truly a special gift,” de la Cuadra said.

With that exposure comes high demand for tickets. With limited seating, the arts council has encouraged those interested in attending to make plans now.

Reservations are required for the shows. Contact the Arts Center for tickets at 336-677-6006.

For more information on the trio visit their website at www.lettersfromhomesingers.com, or visit their Facebook page under the same name.

To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513, or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.