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Todd Hill, orchestra to perform in Dyersburg

Todd Hill, orchestra to perform in Dyersburg
Todd Hill, orchestra to perform in Dyersburg | Todd Hill, orchestra to perform in Dyersburg
Coming off an excellent performance by Chanticleer Saturday in Union City, members of the Union City/Obion County Community Concert Association will get the chance to see another concert this Saturday.
Dyersburg Live on Stage! will host the concert with Todd Hill and his Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at the Yates Auditorium in downtown Dyersburg. It is the second concert of the four-concert season. Members of the local association may attend the Dyersburg Live on Stage! shows as reciprocal performances.
Todd Hill and his Orchestra, a big band group reminiscent of the popular bands of the 1930s and ’40s, have been entertaining listeners and dancers throughout the mid-south for 26 years. The orchestra has played at venues ranging from the Mississippi River Casinos to Concert Halls, Memphis’ famous Peabody Hotel to the Hotel Irvin Cobb in Paducah, Ky., Louisville, Ky., Nashville, to as far as Columbus, Ohio, and countless points between. They also performed in Union City a few years ago.
The band’s members have shown remarkable staying power, with the average time of service in the band being 12 years, making a total of over 200 years collectively. Six members have been with the group for more than 20 years. This band is truly a family, as is evidenced by their close friendships and the joy they take in sharing great music with their audiences, a spokesman said.
In addition to Hill, members include Ped Foster of Union City, a music teacher at Black Oak Elementary School; Andy Brown, the director of bands at South Pittsburg High School in Tennessee; Andy Rein, the marching and jazz band director at Newman Smith High School in Texas and a previous assistant director of bands at Harpeth Middle and High schools in Kingston Springs; Cory Bridges, the director of bands at West Carroll High School in Atwood; Dean Smith, an arranger and trombonist with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America and a music teacher at McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill.; Gerald McGuire, a native of Paris and a graduate of Murray State University in Kentucky; GR Davis, an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Tennessee State University, Fisk University and Lipscomb University and an alternate bass player for the orchestra; Howard Luttrell, a retired director of bands at Kentucky Wesleyan College; Joe Farmer, a retired director of jazz bands and assistant director of bands at Westview High School in Martin; Joe Tarentino, a band, orchestra and jazz band director in the Metro Atlanta schools for 30 years; John Madole, who studied jazz and percussion performance at Morehead State University in Kentucky and is vice president and executive in charge of specialty projects at American Constructors in Nashville; Lucy Presson, the director of bands at Inman Middle School in Paris; Mike Congiardo, the director of bands at Madison Academic High School in Jackson; Richard Steffen, a professor of music at Austin Peay State University; Ron Bramlage, who holds degrees from Northern Kentucky University and Murray State University and who plays regularly in the Cincinnati area; and Tony Brown, who teachers at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky., and who has played with the Paducah Symphony for about 20 years.
An evening with The Todd Hill Orchestra will include music by such “American Standard Songbook” composers as the George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern. Famous orchestras the band draws its inspiration from include those of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and many, many others. The band does not attempt to copy the original artists’ works, but rather to interpret them in an up-to-date, hard swinging fashion.
“It truly does not mean anything to these guys unless it is swinging,” a spokesman said.
Additional concerts in Dyersburg include Kurt Stephenson and the Steve Patterson Quartet on Feb. 18 and The American Tenors April 21.
The remaining shows in Union City include Restless Heart on Nov. 19, Carpe Diem String Quartet on March 31 and Billy Dean on April 28.
Community Concert memberships include family for $95, adult for $45, senior for $40 and student for $25. Memberships are available to anyone who wishes to purchase them.
Patron memberships are also available and include Whole Note for $1,000 or more, Half Note for $500-$999, Quarter Note for $250-$499 and Eighth Note for $100-$249.
To become a member, send your name, address, phone and email, along with the appropriate fee, to community Concert Association, P.O. Box 894, Union City TN  38281-0894. The number of family members (limited to seven), along with their names, should be specified.
For more information or to become a corporate sponsor of Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County, contact Mike Cox at (731) 536-4569 or Chuck Doss at (731) 886-1155 or visit www.communityconcertuc.org.
Published in The Messenger 11.1.11Coming off an excellent performance by Chanticleer Saturday in Union City, members of the Union City/Obion County Community Concert Association will get the chance to see another concert this Saturday.
Dyersburg Live on Stage! will host the concert with Todd Hill and his Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at the Yates Auditorium in downtown Dyersburg. It is the second concert of the four-concert season. Members of the local association may attend the Dyersburg Live on Stage! shows as reciprocal performances.
Todd Hill and his Orchestra, a big band group reminiscent of the popular bands of the 1930s and ’40s, have been entertaining listeners and dancers throughout the mid-south for 26 years. The orchestra has played at venues ranging from the Mississippi River Casinos to Concert Halls, Memphis’ famous Peabody Hotel to the Hotel Irvin Cobb in Paducah, Ky., Louisville, Ky., Nashville, to as far as Columbus, Ohio, and countless points between. They also performed in Union City a few years ago.
The band’s members have shown remarkable staying power, with the average time of service in the band being 12 years, making a total of over 200 years collectively. Six members have been with the group for more than 20 years. This band is truly a family, as is evidenced by their close friendships and the joy they take in sharing great music with their audiences, a spokesman said.
In addition to Hill, members include Ped Foster of Union City, a music teacher at Black Oak Elementary School; Andy Brown, the director of bands at South Pittsburg High School in Tennessee; Andy Rein, the marching and jazz band director at Newman Smith High School in Texas and a previous assistant director of bands at Harpeth Middle and High schools in Kingston Springs; Cory Bridges, the director of bands at West Carroll High School in Atwood; Dean Smith, an arranger and trombonist with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America and a music teacher at McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill.; Gerald McGuire, a native of Paris and a graduate of Murray State University in Kentucky; GR Davis, an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Tennessee State University, Fisk University and Lipscomb University and an alternate bass player for the orchestra; Howard Luttrell, a retired director of bands at Kentucky Wesleyan College; Joe Farmer, a retired director of jazz bands and assistant director of bands at Westview High School in Martin; Joe Tarentino, a band, orchestra and jazz band director in the Metro Atlanta schools for 30 years; John Madole, who studied jazz and percussion performance at Morehead State University in Kentucky and is vice president and executive in charge of specialty projects at American Constructors in Nashville; Lucy Presson, the director of bands at Inman Middle School in Paris; Mike Congiardo, the director of bands at Madison Academic High School in Jackson; Richard Steffen, a professor of music at Austin Peay State University; Ron Bramlage, who holds degrees from Northern Kentucky University and Murray State University and who plays regularly in the Cincinnati area; and Tony Brown, who teachers at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky., and who has played with the Paducah Symphony for about 20 years.
An evening with The Todd Hill Orchestra will include music by such “American Standard Songbook” composers as the George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern. Famous orchestras the band draws its inspiration from include those of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and many, many others. The band does not attempt to copy the original artists’ works, but rather to interpret them in an up-to-date, hard swinging fashion.
“It truly does not mean anything to these guys unless it is swinging,” a spokesman said.
Additional concerts in Dyersburg include Kurt Stephenson and the Steve Patterson Quartet on Feb. 18 and The American Tenors April 21.
The remaining shows in Union City include Restless Heart on Nov. 19, Carpe Diem String Quartet on March 31 and Billy Dean on April 28.
Community Concert memberships include family for $95, adult for $45, senior for $40 and student for $25. Memberships are available to anyone who wishes to purchase them.
Patron memberships are also available and include Whole Note for $1,000 or more, Half Note for $500-$999, Quarter Note for $250-$499 and Eighth Note for $100-$249.
To become a member, send your name, address, phone and email, along with the appropriate fee, to community Concert Association, P.O. Box 894, Union City TN  38281-0894. The number of family members (limited to seven), along with their names, should be specified.
For more information or to become a corporate sponsor of Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County, contact Mike Cox at (731) 536-4569 or Chuck Doss at (731) 886-1155 or visit www.communityconcertuc.org.
Published in The Messenger 11.1.11

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