Tommy Dorsey Band to perform at BPAC tonight
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, one of the most beloved Big Bands in the country, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The current band director is Terry Myers, a world-renowned clarinet and saxophone player.
"We play swing music from the 30's and 40's," he said.
"The music is great," Myers said. "I love it; we have a good time." Many great soloists started their careers with the Dorsey Orchestra, like Frank Sinatra, said Myers.
Friday's playlist will include such hits as "Opus #1," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Song of India" and "Marie."
Theorchestra’s biggest hit of all, the one that established vocal groups forever, was “I’ll Never Smile Again.”
An added highlight of the concert will be soloist, Bryan Anthony, who has also toured with the big bands of Glenn Miller and Nelson Riddle. He will be singing many of the songs recorded through the decades by the Dorsey Orchestra.
Seventeen professional musicians make up this orchestra.
"We started this tour in Seattle where we played for four nights," said Myers. "We had a diversified audience—from young to old.
The orchestra will conclude this present tour in early May in Pennsylvania.
"This will be a musically entertaining evening," he said. "Young people enjoy this music if they are exposed to it."
To hear their music, visit the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra website at buddymorrowproductions.com. Tickets are available for $20 for adults and $15 for students at blackfootpac.com or Tweedys’ Music in Blackfoot.