Big band is a big hit

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Tommy Dorsey orchestraJefferson’s Opera House Theatre Players pulled off a unique and outstanding bit of theatre this week when they presented the famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in concert at the Transporta­tion and Visitor’s Building in downtown Jefferson.

Presented as a way of honoring their late, long-term president, Dorothy Craver, and to benefit the local high school band, the show was a thrilling tribute to all and well-attended with over 200 locals and visitors enjoying the 2-hr concert. The orches­tra, led by genial leader-host Terry Myers, played the fabulous arrangements and music made famous by Tommy Dorsey and his brother, Jimmy, both of whom had big bands in the hey-day of the 30s, 40s and 50s until each died unexpectedly.

Most outstanding were the trumpet solos and riffs by band lead trumpet Ed Gaston who is also the manager for the group that travels many weeks out of the year all over the United States and the world. Vocals by Sinatra sound-alike Bryan Anthony gave the audience members chills as the group went through over thirty or forty tunes in their vast repertoire. Each of the first chair soloist was featured on various songs and each gave an extraordinary performance to the receptive audience who broke into applause during and after each number.

Following the concert, the VIP ticket holders were treated to a wine and cheese reception with orchestra members and were able to meet and take photos of some of the bandmembers who willingly obliged. They were also entertained by Marshall’s fa­vorite Leprechaun, Bill Power, who arrived in full suit for the St. Patrick’s Day theme of the party.

Terry Myers and his wife, Sheila, were given a special Jeffer­son gift in the form of a pop-up, intricately cut-out steamboat; representative of the elite era of the city’s past. In addition, each band member was presented with a Jefferson souvenir courtesy of the Jefferson General Store as they were dining on barbeque furnished courtesy of the Riverport Restaurant.

According to tourism director Kelly Schilling, the event was one of the best attended and most enjoyed things that…

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