Big Band Series 2016-2017
**Regular and Senior Subscription pricing available
Sunday October 16 2 pm & 6 pm
Tribute to Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall
Benny Goodman was at the height of his career when he and his legendary band performed at Carnegie Hall in January 1938 and redefined popular music. His band included such icons as Harry James, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. Relive this amazing event with an all star big band made up of the best jazz and swing musicians working today led by one of the great interpreters of Goodman's music, Don Shelton. The show will feature such hits as Sing, Sing, Sing, King Porters Stomp, One O’Clock Jump, Stomping at the Savoy and Avalon. The concert also features The Mills Brothers performing their #1 hits Paper Doll, Up a Lazy River, Glow Worm, Cab Driver and more plus star singer and dancer from the Lawrence Welk TV series Mary Lou Metzger and vocalist Nancy Osborne singing the hits of Goodman’s girl singer Martha Tilton including And The Angels Sing. You won’t want to miss this night of great music.
Sunday February 12, 2017 2 pm & 6 pm
A Tribute to Glenn Miller and Tex Beneke featuring The Tex Beneke Orchestra with special guets: Peter Marshall and String Of Pearls vocal group
Experience the 14-piece Tex Beneke Orchestra’s dazzling showcase of big band classics from Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood” and “Little Brown Jug” to the timeless swing tunes “Pennsylvania 6-5000” and “Tuxedo Junction.” The evening also stars long time host of Hollywood Squares Peter Marshall who started his long career in Television and on Broadway as a big band singer, plus the award-winning String of Pearls vocal group who mix contemporary jazz stylings with memorable big band vocal numbers including “Chatanooga Choo Choo” and “Kalamazoo” to complete this talented collection of performers celebrating the big band era.
Tex Beneke became the Glenn Miller band’s signature vocalist and tenor sax lead, playing an important part of the success of Glenn Miller’s Orchestra through the mid forties. During this time the band had a string of hits including the first ever Gold Record with Tex singing vocals on “Chattanooga Choo Choo”. In December of 1944 Major Glenn Miller’s plane vanished over the English Channel and Tex was asked to take over the band by Glenn Miller’s estate. The Tex Beneke-led Glenn Miller Band attracted an immediate following, playing Miller arrangements from both the hitmaking and military years, as well as new charts by Henry Mancini and other arrangers. Tex Beneke and the Miller estate severed ties in 1950 and the Tex Beneke Orchestra was formed. Beneke continued to tour with his orchestra through the decades re-creating the music made famous by Glenn Miller and himself until he passed away in May of 2000. In 1996 he was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. The Tex Beneke Orchestra is currently under the direction of Jim Snodgrass who has toured with the orchestra for 21 years and has led the band for past 16 years in venues across the country. Jim has performed with such performers as the Beach Boys, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra.
Sunday April 9th 2 pm and 6 pm
Salute To Gene Krupa featuring the Krupa Tribute Orchestra and Drummer Dick Weller with guest Stars: The Four Aces and Madeline Vergari
A swinging tribute to one of the most electrifying musicians of the big band era, drummer Gene Krupa. One of the most exciting drummers in the United States, Dick Weller will set the pace with such Krupa hits as Sing, Sing, Sing, Starburst, Leave Us Leap, Boogie Blues and many more. One of the most popular vocal groups of the 1950’s the Four Aces join the show to perform their #1 hits such as Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Stranger in Paradise, Three Coins in the Fountain and more. Highly regarded vocalist from the Ray Anthony Orchestra and Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians Madeline Vergari will also perform some of the most popular big band vocal tunes.
*** No refunds for any reason***