Rockford jazz band to perform at museum fundraiser

Audiences will be treated to a double barreled musical treat on February 18 when Mark Randisi presents his Big Band “Sound of Sinatra” tribute for the benefit of the new Rockford Area Museum.

It has been confirmed that the Rockford High School jazz band will be performing prior to the main show. Beginning at approximately 7:15 p.m. and continuing throughout the audience seating, this group of outstanding young musicians will display the talent that always makes the Rockford jazz band an audience favorite. This band is just one of the many talented groups that contribute to the Rockford band program’s reputation for excellence.

Under the direction of Cullen McCarthy, the jazz band can be seen throughout the year performing at community events including performing as the house band for the Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner/Meeting every January.

The group, which is comprised of 19 student musicians from the ninth to 12th grades, will be playing a wide variety of music. Selections will include traditional swing music, Latin jazz and contemporary selections with an emphasis placed on traditional swing music.

The jazz band is the second local group participating in the show. The Rockford Community Children’s Choir will join Randisi to recreate a famous Sinatra scene in which “Old Blue Eyes” sang the song “High Hopes” with a group of youngsters.

The combination of Randisi’s natural voice and the nationally recognized Johnny Trudell Big Band could make audience members think they are listening to some of Frank Sinatra’s original recordings.

Trudell is currently the musical director of Detroit’s Fox Theater. He was also the lead trumpet player for Motown Records, when he recorded with greats such as The Supremes, Smoky Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and many others.

Randisi has appeared throughout the U.S. and in Europe thrilling audiences with his natural, authentic and respectful presentation of Sinatra’s greatest hits.

This promises to be a rare opportunity to enjoy world class entertainment in the comfortable atmosphere of the Rockford High School auditorium, while helping to create a new Rockford Area Museum that will benefit the entire community.

Tickets, starting at just $35, are available online at www.ramshow2012.com or at the following Rockford area locations: The Rockford Squire, Double Take, Antor Travel, Creative Concepts, Rockford Ambulance, Dish Network on Plainfield south of 5 Mile Rd., and at the Algoma and Courtland township offices. For a truly special evening, a limited number of VIP tickets remain. Those include a post-show reception with Randisi at which hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. The show would make a perfect Valentine’s gift.

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