The Sentimental Journey Orchestra features the music of the
Big Band Era and other tunes from the ensuing years that lend themselves
to the instrumentation of the classic Big Band. We have many arrangements
that recreate the sounds and styles of the most famous bands: Dorsey,
Miller, Basie, Brown, Goodman, Shaw, and scores of original
arrangements of tunes over the last sixty-odd years. Our library includes
show tunes from Broadway, sambas, cha-chas, beguines, tangos and waltzes
among others. Don't be surprised to find tunes from the rock era as well...
done a la Big Band, of course!
Our two vocalists Amy Holloway and Jerry Aull sing the songs you remember. Both do it with a style, grace
and competence which dazzles our audiences. The effort put forth by every
single member of this group, whether singers, musicians, rehearsal conductor or set-up crew,
is professional in every way despite the fact that this is our avocation.
Each of us spends his or her days in one professional capacity or another.
The music is our outlet, indeed for most of us, our passion.
We rehearse every week year round, and have done so for nearly three decades! Our secret weapon is our rehearsal conductor Rick Bell. He lets NOTHING slip past his discerning ears! He, above all others is responsible for whatever level of competence we have achieved. In addition, daily private practice to maintain the skills necessary to play at the requisite level of our arrangements is a necessary part of each of our lives.
We constantly seek new music to offer our listeners.
over catalogs from far and wide often yields challenging new material.
There are still arrangers out there who arrange for the Big Band.
We try to encourage them to keep on doing so, by buying their music. We
feel that as long as there is a market, as long as today's arrangers can
sell their wares to groups of our instrumentation, they'll continue to
arrange. And we'll continue to play for another three decades!
Dave Wolpe, Tom Kubis, Peter Blair and Sammy Nestico are just
four of today's arrangers whose work is a valuable, integral part of our repertoire. We
will constantly add new material as we find it. If you have a favorite
you'd like to see us add to our repertoire, please let us know. It's probably
available somewhere "out there," and we'll be happy to add it
when and if we are able to find it.