Just diving into a orchestration of Our Love is Here to Stay (arranged by Nelson Riddle) for the After Hours Big Band with vocalist Jess Owen, and the Newmarket Citizen's Band. There is very little repertoire out there like this. I guess writers feel there is too much overlap in the instrumentation to pair a big band with a concert band, but I have an opportunity to do so in an upcoming concert at the Old Town Hall in Newmarket on May 25, and am jumping at the chance. It is a real pleasure to learn from the great writing of Riddle and to see what I can do to complement his classic arrangement with some support from the concert band. If you are around on the 25th, come out and see the result. I will be doing the same treatment to Ain't That a Kick in the Head. This will be a performance that will not be replicated for some time.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.