Some Jefferson High School Band members were distributed $15 student tickets to sell this week for the upcoming Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Concert to be held on Thursday, March 16, beginning 7 p.m., to be held at the Jefferson Visitors and Tourist Building on Austin Street.
The concert will be followed by a reception at 9 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders to meet and greet and get autographs and photos with the world-renown musicians.
The concert is being sponsored by the Opera House Theatre Players as a way of honoring their late president, Dorothy Craver, near to what would have been her 105th birthday. It is also a way to benefit the band with proceeds from the concert. After expenses the remaining balance will be be given to the band for their use in upcoming projects. According to theatre board members, should the expenses not be covered by ticket sales, a donation will be given to the JHS Band members and director Matthew Foster by the Players.
The originator of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was born in 1905 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. His father, Thomas F. Dorsey, Sr., a bandleader himself, was the son of Irish immigrant, James Dorsey of Tipperary, Ireland. He likely instructed both of his two first-born sons in playing several instruments. Tommy, Jr. decided to make the trombone his favored instrument; while his brother, Jimmy, eventually also a renowned band- leader, favored the saxophone. As the musicians grew up, they played with different bands but soon formed one of their own. During the mid-1930s, the brothers broke up their band and each went his separate way. Each soon became famous with their own groups.
Some of Tommy’s most popular songs were…
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