St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will present the BIG BAND EXPRESS. South Jersey’s premiere big band jazz ensemble in a FREE concert on Sunday, December 7, at 5 PM at the Church, 1 Hartford Road, Medford, NJ. A Free Will Offering is requested.
The BBE, a 16-piece group of retired professional musicians and music educators, was founded in January, 2001 by Medford saxophonist Tony Femiano and drummer Leo Roselli. Their specialty is contemporary big band music with an emphasis on jazz. The band features the music of many of the country’s finest composers and arrangers such as Sammy Nestico, Dave Wolpe, Tom Kubis, Count Basie, as well as arrangements by Femiano and others. For this concert the band will perform a variety of music, including ballads, up-tempo swing tunes and Latin jazz. A new addition to the group will be Lin Dandrea, the featured vocalist, who will be making her first appearance with the band.
The members of the band, now “off the road,” are still working musicians who have performed with many of the major entertainers and bands of the last 40 years in Atlantic City, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and elsewhere. Their interest in jazz goes beyond that of a “sideline” or “leisure pursuit” and shows a genuine love and passion for this musical idiom.
The Members of the band are:
Saxophones: Tony Femiano, alto sax and leader, Fran Kosienski, alto sax; Jim Giacone, tenor sax; Herb Smith, tenor sax; Mickey Plumeri, baritone sax
Trumpets: Rick Gazda, Don Zimmerman, Duke Palladino, Paul Nagle
Trombones: Paul Holtzman, Tom Baird, Jack Hanna, Joe Janis
Rhythm: Clarence Watson, keyboard; Jack Hegey, bass; Al Hobbs, drums
In addition to being professional working musicians, the following band members also served their country as members of the following military bands:
Fran Kosienski, 730th USAF Band, Westover, Mass. AFB; Mickey Plumeri, 63rd. US Army Band; Duke Palladino, 296th US Army Band, Camp Zama, Japan; Paul Holtzman, US Navy Training Center Band, San Diego, Calif.; Clarence Watson, 19th US Army Band, Fort Dix, NJ; Al Hobbs, US Military Academy Band, West Point, NY. Tony Femiano, USAF Ceremonial Band, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
For more information please call Tony Femiano at 609 654 1855 or email Jazzdoc733@aol.com.