Directed by Glen Newton

Concert at The Rog
Roseville Central Park
July 4, 2023, 7:30-8:15 p.m.


At 7:25: Welcome and introduction of the Roseville Big Band to the audience

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

The Lady is a Tramp by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers (1937), arr. by Dave Wolpe; from the musical "Babes in Arms"; it first appeared in the musical "Babes in Arms" about a group on Long Island teenagers who put on a show to avoid being sent to a work farm when their actor parents got on the road for a 5-month vaudeville tour.
(featuring The Rosetones, with a scat vocal by Keith Miner)

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 a poem --- 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; and the majestic view of the Great Plains from high atop Pikes Peak. Her poem, "Pikes Peak," was first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895. It was retitled "America the Beautiful" when published in 1910 with Ward's music.
(featuring vocalists Bruce Stasch, Karen Dunn, and Keith Miner, with the audience singing on the last chorus)

Introduction of the trombone section to the audience

American Patrol by Frank W. Meacham (1885), arr. by Jerry Gray; the Glenn Miller band's 1942 recording of this arrangement reached #15 on the Billboard magazine chart that year. On June 28, 1870, Congress created four Federal holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Originally only Federal employees in Washington D. C. got the holidays, but in 1885, the same year Meacham wrote American Patrol, Congress extended the holidays to all Federal employees.
(featuring a solo by trumpeter Mark Lee)

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree by Lew Brown, Charles Tobias, and Sam Stept (1942)
(featuring the Rosetones vocal quartet, with vocal solos by Bruce Stasch, Glen Newton, and Karen Dunn)

Introduction of the saxophone section to the audience

Pennsylvania 6-5000 by Carl Sigman and Jerry Gray (1940), arr. by Jerry Gray, as played by Glenn Miller and his orchestra; help us by shouting out this famous telephone number!
(featuring solos by Dan Theobald and Glen Newton on trumpets, playing out in front of the band, halfway to the grass, and Dan Carlson on tenor sax, with Glen Newton on the telephone)

On the Sunny Side of the Street by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields (1930), arr. by Mike Carubia; #10 on Billboard Magazine's 1955 list; introduced in the Broadway musical "Lew Leslie's International Review"
(featuring the Rosetones vocal quartet)

Introduction of the Rosetones to the audience

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 Dan Desmonds on baritone sax, and Jake Olsen and Glen Newton on trumpets)
This selection is available on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park CD and cassette tape.

Side by Side by Harry Woods (1927), arr. by Glen Newton; Woods, who practised songwriting only as a sideline, wrote numerous other 1920s standards, including "When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)" and "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover"
(featuring the Rosetones)

Introduction of the trumpet section to the audience

It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing by Duke Ellington (1932), arr. by Mike Carubia; Ellington's original 1932 recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008
(featuring the Rosetones, with a trumpet solo by Mark Lee)
This selection is a bonus track on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park (+8) CD.

Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience

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 Glen Peterson on tenor sax, Kay Foster on alto sax, and trumpeters Dan Theobald, Jeff Olsen, and Glen Newton)

The Roseville Big Band:

Saxes (left to right): Glen Peterson (tenor), Bill Frank (alto), Kay Foster (alto and clarinet), Dan Carlson (tenor), and Dan Desmonds (baritone)
Trumpets (left to right): Dan Theobald, Jeff Olsen, Mark Lee, and Jake Olsen
Trombones (left to right): George Henly, Keith Miner, Terri Finch, and Tom Huelsmann (bass trombone)
Rhythm: Mike Holt (piano), John Seal (guitar), Eric Laska (bass), and Jim Foster (drums)
Vocal: The Rosetones (Karen Dunn, Diane Dolinar, Bruce Stasch, and Glen Newton), and Keith Miner

Rhythm & Swing: 5 couples

Choreography by Cindy Gardner. Rhythm & Swing has performed with the Roseville Big Band on July 4 since 1995.

Around 325 people were in the audience at Central Park when we started, with about 425 when we finished.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023.

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