Many well-known bands played in North Carolina towns during the Big Band era, when dances were often held in tobacco warehouses. Two towns were notable, but for different reasons. Rocky Mount was the hometown of famous bandleader Kay Kyser and the site of two big annual dances, the June-German Ball and the Gallopade Spring Festival. Ahoskie was the incubator of a big band. It was here that Bob Crosby, Bing's younger brother, assembled his band in 1935, polishing it with daily performances for six weeks before hitting the big band circuit.