Angels We Have Heard on High arr. by Ralph Carmichael (1961), as recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra; first performance by the Roseville Big Band!
The Christmas Waltz by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1954), arr. by John Berry; first performance by the Roseville Big Band!
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, alto sax soloist Kay Foster, and trumpet soloist Mark Syman)
Serenata by Leroy Anderson (1947), arr. by Dave Wolpe; with this song along with Bugler's Holiday, Sleigh Ride, The Blue Tango (#1 on the hit parade of 1952), and other tunes, by the middle of the 20th Century, Leroy Anderson had established himself as the pre-eminent American composer of light popular music.
(featuring trumpeter Mark Syman)
We Three Kings arr. by Ralph Carmichael (1961); as recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra, first performance by the Roseville Big Band!
(featuring pianist Ann Booth)
Introduction of the saxophone section to the audience.
Christmas is Just 'Round the Corner by Glen Newton (2012); Newton wrote this song to celebrate the reunion of families separated by overseas military deployments.
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn with a vibraphone solo by Glen Newton)
Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland by Dick Smith and Felix Bernard (1934), arr. by Dave Barduhn; lyricist Dick Smith, a native of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, was reportedly inspired to write the song after seeing Honesdale's Central Park covered in snow. The original 1934
(featuring solos by Tom Huelsmann, bass trombone, and Bill Frank, flute)
Introduction of the trombone section to the audience.
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn (1945), arr. by John Berry; according to popular legend, it was written in Hollywood, California during one of the hottest days on record.
(featuring solos by Karen Dunn, vocal, Bill Pearson, baritone sax, Glen Peterson, tenor sax, Mike Wobig, electric bass, and Tom Huelsmann, bass trombone)
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson (1948), arr. by John LaBarbera, as played by the Glenn Miller orchestra
(featuring solos by Glen Peterson, tenor sax, and Dan Theobald, trumpet)
Introduction of the trumpet and flugelhorn section to the audience.
Here Comes Santa Claus by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman (1947), arr. by John Berry; first performance by the Roseville Big Band!
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with a flugelhorn solo by Dan Theobald and a trombone solo by George Henly)
Hark the Herald Angels Sing traditional, arr. by Gordon Goodwin (2012)
(featuring solos by Glen Peterson, tenor sax, and Glen Newton, trumpet)
Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience.
In the Time of Nick by Len Yaeger (2012),in memory of Roseville Big Band Trombonist Mike Bratlie.
(featuring solos by Keith Miner, scat vocal; Rich Eyman and George Henly, trombones, and Tom Huelsmann, bass trombone)
The Christmas Song by Mel Torme and Robert Wells (1946), arr. by Paul Jennings; according to Tormé, "I saw a spiral pad on his piano with four lines written in pencil", Tormé recalled. "They started, "Chestnuts roasting..., Jack Frost nipping..., Yuletide carols..., Folks dressed up like Eskimos.' Bob (Wells, co-writer) didn't think he was writing a song lyric. He said he thought if he could immerse himself in winter he could cool off. Forty minutes later that song was written. I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics."
(featuring vocalists Keith Miner, Karen Dunn, and Glen Newton)
Roseville Big Band performers for this concert:
Saxes (left to right): Glen Peterson (tenor), Bill Frank (alto and flute), Kay Foster (alto and soprano), Dan Desmonds (tenor), and Bill Pearson (baritone)
Trumpets and Flugelhorns (left to right): Dan Theobald, Mark Syman, Mark Lee, and Bob Nielsen
Trombones (left to right): Rich Eyman, Keith Miner, George Henly, and Tom Huelsmann (bass trombone)
Rhythm (front to back): Ann Booth (piano), Mike Wobig (bass), Dave Tuenge (drums), and Glen Newton (vibraphone)
Vocalists: Karen Dunn, Glen Newton, and Keith Miner