Angels We Have Heard on High arr. by Ralph Carmichael (1961), as recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra
(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag by Harold Stanley, Irving Taylor, and Dudley Brooks (1950), arr. by Rick Stitzel; this song was one of singer Kay Star's biggest hits, and our arrangement is very close to the one on her recording.
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson (1948), arr. by John LaBarbera, as played by the Glenn Miller orchestra. In 2014, the American Society of Composer, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) celebrated its 100th birthday with a list of the top 30 most-performed ASCAP holiday songs of all time, and "Sleigh Ride" was #6 on the list..
(featuring solos by Glen Peterson, tenor sax, and Dan Theobald, trumpet)
Introduction of the trumpet and flugelhorn section to the audience.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Eddie Pola and George Wyle (1963), arr. by Paul Murtha; it was recorded and released in 1963 by pop singer Andy Williams for his first Christmas album, The Andy Williams Christmas Album. "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" was #16 on the 2014 ASCAP list, and Andy Williams' recording of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" was #7 on the list of most played individual recordings.
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and 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 saxophone section to the audience.
Someone to Watch Over Me by George and Ira Gershwin (1926), arr. by Dave Wolpe; from the musical Oh, Kay! (1926), a musical about English bootleggers in Prohibition Era America. Gershwin originally approached the song as an uptempo jazz tune, but his brother Ira suggested that it might work much better as a ballad, and George ultimately agreed.
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)
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. "Let It Snow" was #9 on the ASCAP list of the top 100 holiday songs of all time.
(featuring solos by Bill Pearson, baritone sax, Glen Peterson, tenor sax, Eric Laska, electric bass, and Tom Huelsmann, bass trombone)
Introduction of the trombone section to the audience.
Moonlight in Vermont by Karl Suessdorf and John Blackburn (1944), arr. by Dave Wolpe; the unofficial song of the state of Vermont, it is frequently played as the first song at Vermont wedding receptions; each verse (excluding the bridge) is a haiku, with phrases of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.
(featuring vocalist Keith Miner, with a tenor sax solo by Glen Peterson and a flugelhorn solo by Mark Syman)
Junior's Jam by Len Yaeger (2015), arr. by Len Yaeger; dedicated to his grandson Matthew Yaeger; originally composed for the Lazy Does It traditional jazz band.
(featuring baritone saxophonist Bill Pearson, with solos by Glen Newton, trumpet; Jason Swalley, guitar; and George Henly, trombone; and a duet featuring Dan Desmonds on tenor sax joining Bill Pearson on baritone sax)
Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience.
Christmas Island by Lyle Moraine (1946), arr. by Paul Murtha; the Andrews Sisters' recording of Christmas Island with Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians reached #7 on the pop music polls in 1946.
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with a trumpet solo by Bob Nielsen)
All Saints Go Marching Out by Glen Newton (2013), originally a postlude for Metro Brass to play on All Saints Day; first performance of this arrangement; clap along with us!
(solo at D: Greg Michnay on trombone; play E 4 times. 1st time at E: Dan Theobald on trumpet; 2nd time at E: Kay Foster on alto sax; 3rd time at E: Mike Holt on piano; last time at E (with the "last time" backgrounds): Mark Syman on trumpet)
Roseville Big Band performers for this concert:
Saxes (left to right): Glen Peterson (tenor), Bill Frank (alto and flute), Kay Foster (alto), 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): Greg Michnay, Keith Miner, George Henly, and Tom Huelsmann (bass trombone); Glen Newton played trombone while Keith sang "Moonlight in Vermont"
Rhythm (front to back): Mike Holt (piano), Eric Laska (electric bass), Jim Foster (drums), and Glen Newton (vibraphone)
Vocalists: Karen Dunn, Glen Newton and Keith Miner
There were about 25 audience members for this concert.