Directed by Glen Newton

Concert at Beacon Hill Retirement Community
Ice Cream Social,
June 11, 2016, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

This is the Roseville Big Band's 13th Annual Concert at the Beacon Hill Commons, 5300 Beacon Hill Road, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345

Dance to the Big Band Swing composed and arranged by Glen Newton (1999); a Roseville Big Band original and its opening theme song
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with solos by drummer Jim Foster and tenor saxophonist Mara Syman)
This selection is a bonus track on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park (+8) CD.

Hayburner composed and arranged by Sammy Nestico (1968)
(featuring solos by pianist Ann Booth)

Sophisticated Lady by Duke Ellington and Mitchell Parish (1933), arr. by Bob Mintzer
(featuring tenor saxophonists Dan Desmonds and Mara Syman)

This Can't Be Love by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers (1938), arr. by Dave Wolpe; first performance by the Roseville Big Band
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, with a tenor sax solo by Mara Syman)

Sweet Georgia Brown by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard, & Kenneth Casey (1925), arr. by Sammy Nestico; the 1949 whistling version of this song by Brother Bones and His Shadows was adopted by the Harlem Globetrotters as their theme in 1952.
(featuring solos by Rich Eyman, trombone; Jacob Juusola, guitar; and Mark Syman, trumpet, and Mara Syman, tenor sax, trading 8's and trading 4's)

Who Walks In When I Walk Out? by Ralph Freed, Al Hoffman, and Al Goodhart (1933), arr. by Rick Stitzel; first performance by the Roseville Big Band
(featuring vocalists Glen Newton and Karen Dunn, with solos by Dan Theobald, trumpet, Mara Syman, tenor sax, and Kay Foster, alto sax)

Alley Cat by Frank Bjorn (1962), arr. by Paul Cox
(featuring pianist Ann Booth, with a tenor sax solo by Mara Syman)

Bedtime Look by Keith Miner (1998), arr. by Glen Newton
(featuring vocalist Keith Miner)

Introduction of the saxophone section to the audience

Stranger on the Shore by Robert Mellin and Acker Bilk (1961), arr. by Burnell Whibley; first performance by the Roseville Big Band
(featuring clarinetist Kay Foster)

Let's Fall in Love by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen (1933), arr. by Rusty Dedrick
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)

Introduction of the trombone section to the audience

St. Louis Blues March by W. C. Handy (1911), arr. by Glenn Miller
(featuring solos by Jim Foster, drums, Mara Syman, tenor sax, and Kay Foster, alto sax)

Cry Me a River by Arthur Hamilton (1953), arr. by Victor Lopez
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)

Ambrosiado composed and arranged by Warren Barker (1967); first performance by the Roseville Big Band
(featuring guest percussionists from the audience)

**** INTERMISSION (10 minutes) and Program (10 minutes) ****

Pie in the Skye composed and arranged by Len Yaeger (2016); first performance by the Roseville Big Band
(featuring solos by Dan Theobald, trumpet; Steve Levens, bass; Jim Foster, drums; and Mara Syman, tenor sax)

Star Dust by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish (1929), arr. by Dave Wolpe; #1 on KLBB's All-Time Hits list; #1, #3, and #17 on Billboard Magazine's 1955 list
(featuring solos by Mark Syman, trumpet, and vocalist Karen Dunn)
This selection is available on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park CD and cassette tape.

Introduction of the trumpet section to the audience

Makin' Whoopee by Gus Kahn & Walter Donaldson (1928), arr. by Dave Barduhn
(featuring bass trombonist Tom Huelsmann)

I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me by Clarence Gaskill & Jimmy McHugh (1926), arr. by Darmon Meader; first performance by the Roseville Big Band
(featuring vocalist Glen Newton, with a tenor sax solo by Mara Syman)

Java by Allen Toussaint, Alvin Tyler, and Freddy Friday (1964); an instrumental adaptation from a 1958 LP of piano compositions, The Wild Sounds of New Orleans, by Tousaint, this is the song that made Al hirt famous; first performance by the Roseville Big Band
(featuring trumpeter Glen Newton)

For Once in My Life by Ronald Miller and Orlando Murden (1965), arr. by Lennie Niehaus; hit recordings of this song have featured singers Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder (1968), Michael Buble, and many others.
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)

Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience

Honeysuckle Rose by Andy Razaf and Fats Waller (1929), arr. by Richard Maltby

Willow Weep for Me by Ann Ronell (1932), arr. by Matt Harris; Ronell was one of the first successful Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley female composers or librettists. She cowrote Walt Disney's first hit song, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" for the 1933 cartoon Three Little Pigs.
(featuring vocalist and scat singer Keith Miner, with a trombone solo by George Henly)

In the Mood by Joe Garland (1939), arr. by Jeff Tyzik; #2 on KLBB's All-Time Hits list and #5 (Glenn Miller) on Billboard Magazine's 1955 list; this is the version you might have heard Doc Severinson play on the Tonight Show.
(featuring solos by Mara Syman on tenor sax, Kay Foster on alto sax, and trumpeters Mark Syman, Dan Theobald, and Glen Newton)

Encore, if there's time (skipped due to lack of time):

Little Brown Jug traditional (1939), arr. by Bill Finegan; the Glenn Miller band's first hit swing tune!
(featuring solos by Steve Levens, bass, Mara Syman, tenor sax, and Dan Theobald, trumpet)

Roseville Big Band performers for this concert:

Saxes (left to right): Mara Syman (tenor), Bill Frank (alto), Kay Foster (alto and clarinet), 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); Glen Newton played trombone while Keith sang "Willow Weep for Me" and "Bedtime Look"
Rhythm: Ann Booth (piano), Jacob Juusola (guitar), Steve Levens (bass), Jim Foster (drums), and Glen Newton (vibraphone)
Vocal: Karen Dunn, Glen Newton, and Keith Miner

We started at about 1:07, while waiting for the last player to arrive, but we used the 15 minutes beofre that to review some sections of songs. We took our break at 2:07 for about 20 minutes and ended at 3:07. The original plan was for Karen to sing "I Can't Believe..." but because she was recovering from an illness that affected her voice, Glen filled in.

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