Directed by Glen Newton
Military Appreciation Dinner and Dance
at St. Bonaventure's Ambrose Hall
, November 9, 2019, 6:15 - 9:00 p.m.
901 E. 90th St., Bloomington, MN 55420

Band: Wear Tux/black suit with blue ties and cummerbunds. Try to arrive by 5:00. Doors open to the public at 5:30. Program start at 6:00.

We were ready to play early, so we started early. Pictures from the event are on Facebook.

Set 1 (5:55-7:10) Softer dessert music:

After You've Gone by Henry Creamer and Turner Layton (1918), arr. by Mark Taylor
(featuring a flugelhorn solo by Mark Syman)

The program began with the Boy Scouts presenting the flag. We said the Pledge of Allegiance, and Friar Bryan Hajovsky (pronounced Hi YAH ski) led us in grace. Before the rest of Set 1, after grace:
God Bless America, played by the band from memory in the key of E-flat with Mike playing the introduction on piano and Karen singing

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

Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) by Antonio Carlos Jobim (1962), arr. by Paul Murtha; Corcovado is a mountain in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, known for the 125-foot statue of Jesus atop its peak.
(featuring a flute solo by Bill Frank)

For Lillian by Jim Mahaffey (2016), arr. by Jim Mahaffey; first performance by the Roseville Big Band!

When I Fall in Love by Edward Heyman and Victor Young (1952), arr. by Jerry Nowak; introduced in the film "One Minute to Zero"; the original hit version was recorded by Doris Day on June 5, 1952, and released on Columbia Records.
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, with a trumpet solo by Glen Newton)

Misty by Erroll Garner (1954), arr. by Johnny Warrington; originally composed as an instrumental, the tune later had lyrics added by Johnny Burke and has been recorded by Johnny Mathis and numerous other artists.
(featuring alto sax soloist Bill Frank, with a trumpet solo by Mark Lee and a trombone solo by Michael Sweet)

Quincy and the Count by Sammy Nestico (1967)
(including a trumpet solo by Dan Theobald and a trombone solo by George Henly)

Someone to Watch Over Me by George and Ira Gershwin (1926), arr. by Dave Wolpe
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)

That Warm Feeling by Sammy Nestico (1968)
(featuring a piano solo by Mike Holt)

It's Been a Long, Long Time by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1945), arr. by Tim Altmann; one of Harry James' biggest hits; the Bing Crosby and Les Paul recording of this song hit #1 on the Billboard charts the month after World War II ended in 1945.
(featuring trumpeter Mark Syman, vocalist Karen Dunn, and tenor saxophonist Dan Desmonds)

I Left My Heart in San Francisco by George Cory and Douglass Cross (1962), arr. by Billy Byers; singer Tony Bennett won two 1962 Grammy awards for his recording of this song: Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male, and Record of the Year. This gold-selling Top Ten hit stayed in the charts for almost three years.
(featuring a tenor sax solo by Ira Adelman)

Satin Doll by Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer (1952), band arr. by Sammy Nestico, vocal arr. by Glen Newton
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with solos by Mark Syman on flugelhorn, Dan Desmonds on tenor sax, and Mike Holt on piano)

Set 2 (7:40-8:10) - Dance Music after celebration of the various military services (In 2018, emcee Mike Bocchino asked veterans to stand as he played a medley of their service songs on the cell phone)

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

In the Mood by Joe Garland (1939), arr. by Jeff Tyzik
(featuring solos by Ira Adelman on tenor sax; Kay Foster on alto sax; trumpeters Mark Syman, Dan Theobald, and Glen Newton; and Jim Foster on drum set)

The Lady is a Tramp by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers (1937), arr. by Dave Wolpe; from the musical "Babes in Arms"
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with a scat vocal by Keith Miner)

Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience

All of Me by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks (1931), arr. by Lennie Niehaus
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Keith Miner, with a guitar solo by Jason Swalley; and trombonists George Henly and Glen Newton trading fours)

String of Pearls by Jerry Gray (1942), arr. by Johnny Warrington
(with solos by Kay Foster, alto sax; Glen Newton, trumpet; and Mike Holt, piano)

Introduction of the saxophone section to the audience

Georgia on My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell (1930), band arr. by Dave Wolpe
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, with a tenor sax solo by Ira Adelman)
This selection is available on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park CD and cassette tape.

How High the Moon by Morgan Lewis and Nancy Hamilton (1940), arr. by Dave Wolpe; the earliest recorded hit version was by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra in 1941, but the best-known recording of the song is by Les Paul and Mary Ford, made on January 4, 1951.
(featuring the trombone section, with solos by Keith Miner, George Henly, Michael Sweet, and Chris Allen)

Introduction of the trombone section to the audience

Moon River by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer (1961), arr. by Joe Reisman, vocal arr. by Glen Newton
(featuring alto saxophonists Kay Foster and Bill Frank and vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton)
This selection is available on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park CD and cassette tape.

(It Seems to Me I've) Heard That Song Before by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1942); a huge hit for trumpeter Harry James and vocalist Helen Forrest; sung by Frank Sinatra in the Republic motion picture "Youth on Parade"; charted at # 1 for 13 weeks in 1943.
(featuring trumpeter Mark Syman, with a vocal by Glen Newton)

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 honor of all military veterans, celebrating Veteran's Day, November 11, 2018.
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn, Glen Newton, and Keith Miner, with the audience singing on the last chorus)

Set 3 (8:25-8:50) after a memorial to the MIA/POWs (Jason Rynders read the poem “Table for One")

Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller and Mitchell Parish (1939), trans. by Jeff Hest
(featuring clarinetist Kay Foster)

Little Brown Jug traditional (1939), arr. by Bill Finegan; the Glenn Miller band's first hit swing tune!
(#9 in the book "Authentic Sounds of the Big Band Era"; featuring solos by Eric Laska, electric bass; Ira Adelman, tenor sax, and Dan Theobald, trumpet)

Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer (1944), arr. by Rob Berry; sung by Bing Crosby in the Paramount Pictures motion picture "Here Come the Waves."
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn and trumpet soloist Glen Newton, with a piano solo by Mike Holt)

Beer Barrel Polka by Jaromir Vejvoda, Wladimir A. Timm, and Vasek Zeman (1934, "Skoda Lasky"), English text by Lew Brown (1939), arr. by Vic Schoen, vocal arr. by Glen Newton; sing along with us!
(featuring vocalists Keith Miner, Karen Dunn, and Glen Newton)

That's All by Bob Haymes and Alan Brandt (1953), arr. by Rob Berry
(featuring vocalist Glen Newton, with an alto sax solo by Bill Frank)

Just in Time by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jule Styne (1956), arr. by Dave Wolpe; introduced by Judy Holliday and Sydney Chaplin in the musical "Bells Are Ringing"; Tony Bennett had a hit recording of the song late in 1956
(low key female vocal; featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, with an alto sax solo by Bill Frank)

Introduction of the trumpet and flugelhorn section to the audience

All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II (1939), arr. by Mark Taylor; introduced in the 1939 musical "Very Warm for May".
(featuring alto sax soloist Kay Foster and trumpet soloist Mark Syman)

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)

Show Me the Way to Go Home by Irving King (1952), arr. by Sammy Nestico; the Roseville Big Band closing theme song! "Irving King" is the pseudonym of the English songwriting team James Campbell and Reginald Connelly.
(featuring solos by Mike Holt on piano, Ira Adelman on tenor sax, and Eric Laska on electric bass)

We were prepared to play until 9:00, but the last guest were gone by 8:45, so we skipped to the final song.

Have the following songs ready in case they are needed to fill requests

Polka: Beer Barrel Polka (added to set 3 for variety)

Waltz: Blue Skirt Waltz

Fast swing: American Patrol, You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You

Cha Cha: Cha Cha Cha for Judy

Tango: La Cumparsita

Roseville Big Band performers for this concert (left to right):

Saxes (left to right): Ira Adelman (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 Jake Olsen
Trombones (left to right): Michael Sweet, Keith Miner, George Henly, and Chris Allen (bass trombone); Glen Newton played trombone while Keith sang "All of Me"
Rhythm (front to back): Mike Holt (piano), Jason Swalley (guitar), Eric Laska (bass), and Jim Foster (drums)
Vocalists: Karen Dunn, Glen Newton, and Keith Miner

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