Monday, June 11, 2012

Bob Moyer Big Band concert full of
classic swing and big-band tunes

The Bob Moyer Big Band of Regina
performed in the Mae Wilson Theatre at the
Moose Jaw Cultural Centre on June 9, 2012.
The Bob Moyer Big Band’s concert at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre on June 9, 2012, began and ended with the king of the big-band jazz classics, In the Mood.
   The song set the tone for the toe-tapping good time ahead when it was played at the start of the show, and was the encore number for the audience’s enthusiastic standing ovation at the end.
   The 16-piece band from Regina performed a roster of big-band and swing music classics, including some arranged by Bob Moyer, the late director and musician for whom the band is named.
   New York, New York, String of Pearls, Pennsylvania Six Five-Thousand, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Girl from Ipamena, and Two O’Clock Jump were just a few of the classic tunes the band played.
   Even a polka medley and a rendition of Rubber Ducky were on the roster.
   Jodi Scott, the vocalist, joined the band on stage for a few numbers, including a stirring version of Georgia on My Mind.
   Pat Steel, the band’s former vocalist who retired recently, also came on stage for a few numbers to play the maracas.
   The band surprised the audience by bringing on a guest. Gordon Elmer, a long-time music teacher from Moose Jaw, joined the band to play two numbers on saxophone: In Summerville, and The White Cliffs of Dover.
   The Bob Moyer Big Band is currently directed by Brent Ghiglione, a University of Regina music professor who is originally from Moose Jaw. He also plays trumpet in the band.

Click for an album of pictures from the show

Click for a video clip of the band playing Two O'Clock Jump

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