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Roseville Big Band Concert in Central Park, July 4, 2015, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
at the Frank Rog Amphitheatre

Directed by Glen Newton

Two O'Clock Jump by Harry James, Benny Goodman, & Count Basie (1942), arr. by Will Hudson
(featuring solos by pianist Ann Booth, trumpeter Jeff Olsen and tenor saxophonist Glen Peterson, with a voiceover to welcome the audience and introduce the band halfway through the song, and cascading chromatic trumpet lines near the end)

America the Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates (lyrics, 1893, revised in 1904 and 1913) and Samuel A. Ward (music, "Materna", 1882), arr. by Mike Tomaro; In 1893, at the age of thirty-three, Bates, an English professor at Wellesley College, had taken a train trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to teach a short summer school session at Colorado College. Several of the sights on her trip inspired her, and they found their way into her poem, including the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the "White City" with its promise of the future contained within its alabaster buildings; the wheat fields of America's heartland Kansas, through which her train was riding on July 16; and the majestic view of the Great Plains from high atop Zebulon's Pikes Peak. She originally wrote the words as a poem, Pikes Peak, first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895. At that time, the poem was titled America for publication. It was retitled "America the Beautiful" when published in 1910 with Ward's music.
(In honor of World War II veterans; featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with the audience singing on the choruses, standing on the last one to honor the WWII vets. About two dozen WWII vets were scattered throughout the audience.)

The Maine Coon Cat Waltz composed and arranged by Glen Newton (2014), a tribute to the "gentle giants" of the cat world.
(play F & G twice. 1st time at F: Paul Thomsen on trombone, 1st time at G: Rich Eyman on trombone, 2nd time at F: Glen Newton on E-flat soprano flute, 2nd time at G: George Henly on trombone)

Introduction of the trumpet and flugelhorn section to the audience.

Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder (1976), arr. by Michael Philip Mossman; a tribute to jazz giant Duke Ellington and other stars of the big band era; first performance by the Roseville Big Band
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, tenor saxophonist Glen Peterson, and drummer Jim Foster)

Leap Frog by Joe Garland and Leo Corday (1941), arr. by Joe Garland
(featuring the Rhythm & Swing dancers, with a tenor sax solo by Glen Peterson and a drum solo by Jim Foster; today marks the 20th anniversary of Rhythm & Swing collaboration with the Roseville Big Band: July 4, 1995, was Rhythm & Swing's first Independence Day performance with the Roseville Big Band.)

Introduction of the trombone section to the audience

L-O-V-E by Bert Kaempfert and Milt Gabler, transcribed and adapted by Myles Collins; originally recorded by Nat King Cole, this arrangement is based on the recording by his daughter, Natalie Cole; first performance by the Roseville Big Band at a concert in the park
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, with a muted trumpet solo and a flugelhorn solo by Dan Theobald)

Harlem Nocturne by Earle Hagen (1940), arr. by Earle Hagen, as introduced by Ray Noble and his orchestra; when Hagen was a staff arranger for Noble, he composed this song as a tribute to Duke Ellington's alto sax soloist Johnny Hodges; Hagen later used it as the signature theme for the television series “Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer” in 1984. Composer of more than 4000 hours of music for television, he is known to baby boomers for the whistling theme to "The Andy Griffith Show."
(featuring alto sax soloist Kay Foster)

Introduction of the saxophone section to the audience

It's Only a Paper Moon by Billy Rose, E. Y. Harburg, and Harold Arlen (1932), arr. by Jerry Nowak; originally titled "If You Believe in Me" and featured in the short-running play, "The Great Magoo"; later appeared in the 1933 film version of "Take a Chance" with its current title; still later it was the title song of the 1973 film "Paper Moon" starring Ryan and Tatum O'Neill.
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton)

Rock Around the Clock by Jimmy DeKnight and Max Freedman (1952), arr. by Glen Newton; the song that put Bill Haley & His Comets at the top of the U.S. and U.K. charts in 1954.
(featuring the Rhythm & Swing dancers, with solos by Bill Pearson on baritone sax, Bob Nielsen on trumpet, and Glen Newton on trumpet)
This selection is available on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park CD and cassette tape.

Summertime by George Gershwin, Du Bose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin (1935), arr. by Dave Wolpe; from the opera "Porgy and Bess"
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn and trumpeter Glen Newton)

Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience, and reminder that the audience can find us on the Internet at www.rosevillebigband.org

Samara composed and arranged by Steve Wright (1979)
(featuring guest percussionists from the audience, with a solo by Bill Frank on alto sax)

Lester Jumps Out composed and arranged by Bob Mintzer (2000); inspired by the Basie band's version of Lester Leaps In, which the Roseville Big Band played on the June 16, 2015, concert at The Rog; first performance by the Roseville Big Band
(featuring solos by Ann Booth, piano; Dan Theobald, trumpet; Jenica Georgeson, string bass; and Glen Newton on E-flat soprano flute)

Roseville Big Band performers for this concert, wearing tan slacks and blue RBB shirts:

Saxes (left to right): Glen Peterson (tenor), Bill Frank (alto), Kay Foster (alto), Dan Desmonds (tenor), and Bill Pearson (baritone)
Trumpets and Flugelhorns (left to right): Dan Theobald, Jeff Olsen, Mark Lee, and Bob Nielsen
Trombones (left to right): Rich Eyman, Paul Thomsen, George Henly, and Tom Huelsmann (bass trombone)
Rhythm (front to back): Glen Newton (vibraphone), Ann Booth (piano), Jenica Georgeson (string bass), and Jim Foster (drums)
Vocal: Karen Dunn and Glen Newton

Rhythm & Swing, directed by Cindy Gardner: Aubrey Swenson, Stephanie King, Stephanie Riley, Loren Vanderhoff, Nate Casteel, Scott Sonbuchner.

Because of the good weather, the live audience was huge at the start of the concert and even bigger at the end, because of people arriving to get good seats for the fireworks that followed the Roseville Community Band concert. There wasn't a mosquito in site, thanks to Roseville's diligent mosquito control.

Because of the very limited setup time given to us by Parks & Rec (with the previous group finishing at 6:50), we were unable to get all of our sound levels checked before we went live on the air at 7:30. However, we had moved the mixer down to the concrete and thus were able to make some adjustments as the concert proceeded.

Concerts in the Frank Rog Amphitheatre in Central Park (including this one, produced by John Rusterholz) are broadcast live on Channel 15, CTV North Suburbs, to 30,000 cable households in the nine-city area served by the North Suburban Cable Commission: Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville, and St. Anthony.