Concert in the Frank Rog Amphitheatre, July 31, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Southeast Corner of County Road C and Lexington Ave., Roseville, Minnesota 55113

Directed by Glen Newton
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Come early and get a sneak preview of the concert as the band does sound checks and reviews parts of songs!

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 Glen Peterson)
This selection is a bonus track on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park (+8) CD.

Yardbird Suite by Charlie Parker (1946), arr. by Glen Newton
(featuring the trombone and trumpet sections, with solos by Michael Sweet, trombone; Dan Theobald, trumpet; Bill Pearson, baritone sax; Jason Swalley, guitar; and Jim Foster, drums)

Skylark by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael (1941), arr. by Jerry Nowak
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)

My Foolish Heart by Victor Young and Ned Washington (1949), arr. by Bob Curnow in 2011 in the Kenton-Ballad tradition to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Stan Kenton; featured in the film of the same name and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1949 (but lost out to "Baby It's Cold Outside")
(featuring the trombone section, with solos by Glen Newton, flugelhorn, and Mike Holt, piano)

Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience

Dreamsville by Henry Mancini (1959), arr. by Mark Taylor; featured in the TV series Peter Gunn (1958-1961) and included on the first album to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, "The Music from Peter Gunn"; first performance by the Roseville Big Band!
(featuring guest percussionists from the audience, with a trombone solo by Keith Miner and a drum solo by Jim Foster)

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 Mark Syman)

Introduction of the trumpet section to the audience

Gospel John by Jeffrey E. Steinberg (1971), arr. by Andy Clark; first performance by the Roseville Big Band!
(featuring solos by Bill Frank, alto sax, and Jake Olsen, trumpet)

Prospect Park Parade composed and arranged by Len Yaeger (2009); premiere performance of Len's 2017 setting for big band!
(featuring solos by Jason Swalley, guitar; Eric Laska, electric bass; and George Henly, trombone)

Acknowledgment of composer Len Yaeger in the audience

Every Day I Have the Blues by Pinetop and Marion Sparks (1935), arr. by Roger Holmes; recorded in 1949 by Memphis Slim (Peter Chapman), with the title "Nobody Loves Me"; Joe Williams' 1955 recording of "Every Day I Have the Blues" with Count Basie was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame for recordings of particular historical or qualitative importance in 1992.
(featuring vocalist Keith Miner, with a bass trombone solo by Tom Huelsmann)

Introduction of the saxophone section to the audience

The Kid from Red Bank composed and arranged by Neal Hefti (1958); a tribute to William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984), who grew up in Red Bank, New Jersey, and played piano for silent movies and local resorts before moving to Harlem and expanding his performing career. He formed his own big band in 1935 and led it for nearly 50 years. Neal Hefti started composing and arranging for Basie in 1950. This song is on the album known as "Atomic Basie", 11 songs composed and arranged by Hefti.
(featuring pianist Mike Holt)

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

Introduction of the trombone section to the audience and reminder that the audience can find us on the Internet at

Told You So composed and arranged by Bill Holman (1976)
(featuring the trombone section, with improvised solos by Michael Sweet, trombone, and Bill Frank, flute)

Ain't Misbehavin' by Andy Razaf, Fats Waller, and Harry Brooks (1929), band arr. by Art Dedrick, vocal arr. by Glen Newton
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with a scat vocal solo by Keith Miner)

Pick Yourself Up by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern (1936), arr. by Sammy Nestico
(featuring solos by Glen Peterson, tenor sax, and Mark Syman, 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 Jake Olsen
Trombones (left to right): Michael Sweet, Keith Miner, George Henly, and Tom Huelsmann (bass trombone); Glen Newton played trombone while Keith sang
Rhythm: Mike Holt (piano), Jason Swalley (guitar and tuba), Eric Laska (bass), and Jim Foster (drums)
Vocal: Karen Dunn, Glen Newton, and Keith Miner

About 125 audience members were at The Rog for the live concert. In addition, the concert was broadcast live and videorecorded by producer John Rusterholz and other public access television volunteers for broadcast on Channel 15, CTV North Suburbs in the nine-city area served by the North Suburban Cable Commission: Lynn Redlinger, Barb Wills, Keith Flanagan, Alec Walker, CJ Luck, Tom Woods, and Jarame Berneche.

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