“Terry Myers is undoubtedly one of the best all around reed players in the country today”, so said Buddy Morrow, former leader of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and one of the great musicians and band leaders who was there for the early stages of the “Big Band Era”. Myers will be leading the famous orchestra when it arrives in Jefferson on March 16 for a 2-hr concert at the Visitor Building sponsored by the Opera House Theatre Players. The concert will be in honor of the group’s late president, Dorothy Craver, who died in 2016 and will also benefit the local high school band.
Terry Myers, who is a native of Iowa, was a member of the US Marie Corps Reserves for five years. After college, where he majored in music and education, Terry honed his musical talent and soon developed a successful career in Nashville and New York City. When he moved to Florida, he quickly became one of the most in-demand musiciansin the state. He was a band leader at Disney World’s Epcot Center for four years and for a time led the band at the popular Rosie O’Grady’s in downtown Orlando.
In 1990, he became one of the original members of Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band and performed at jazz festivals all over the US, Europe, and Asia. He, himself, has also toured the world as a guest artist on both clarinet and saxophone to rave reviews. He also has performed with The Tex Beneke Orchestra, The Les Elgart Band, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Ray Charles, and often subbed as leader of The Artie Shaw Orchestra when needed. When he was invited to form and lead a “Tribute to Benny Goodman” orchestra, he played Busch Gardenns in Florida and Virginia, Cypress Gardens and Silver Springs in Florida and other concert halls across the country.
Now featured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Terry has led…
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