Current Members of the Band: Trumpets: George Dunn, Bob Rossman, J. T. Pundt, Dewayne Norris Trombones: Keith McElvain, Bobby Grounds, Otto Harry. Ben Bynum, Rhythm: Dwaine Meskimen, Jack Harris, Charles Fricks, Saxaphones: Don Tracy, Pat Griffin, Ray Chambers, Bob Kennedy, Christy Chambers
The Tyler Big Band has existed, in one form or another, for more than 40 years. It continues today more musically adept and up-to-date than at any other time in its venerable life. The Band is made up of 18 members -- 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 4 rhythm, and a v
The Tyler Big Band has been playing this kind of music for more than 40 years. Have a look at Dr. Bob Rossman, a local Dermatologist, who has been the lead trumpeter of the band for its entire life. He is typical of the backgrounds of a large majority of the 17 players (plus a girl singer) -- who is a Physical Therapist originally from the Philippine Islands, for heaven’s sake! Actually, there are also four male vocalists who join the girl singer in a variety of songs.
Backgrounds of the players are wide and varied. Christy Chambers is one of two public school band directors in the membership. Also included are three Doctors, three engineers, a piano tuner, a police officer. a CPA, and a few retirees. Whatever their “day gig”, you can rest assured that at rehearsals and performances their entire concentration is on the music! Indeed, the caliber of the music is such that one might not be able to distinguish it from that of a highly touted professional group of national repute.
Music by the Tyler Big Band is artfully varied to suit the many moods and wishes of dancers AND listeners. The Tyler Big Band makes very sure that, whatever the type of big band music, it is performing the music authentically and excellently.
The TBB is grounded in the musical genre which was usual and abundant in the era in which “big bands” originated, developed, and became the dominant musical force in radio, theaters, movies, dance halls, and eventually, television. Today it is still in widespread use in TV commercials and many movies. Noted musical analysts consider it an art form in itself.
TBB’s repertoire is extensive. A wide variety of musical styles includes swing, ballads, Latin, blues, and waltzes. Special care is given to danceable tempos. Most of the tunes are from that “golden age” of Big Bands, and many have been updated so as to reflect the passage of time. A new feature is the addition of a female vocalist, who has been a huge hit at all engagements.
You can expect to hear tunes associated with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmie Dorsey, and others. The band has recorded five albums, which are available.
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Selections from the Band’s Albums, CD’s and the following:
Moonlight Serenade-Bye Bye Blues
Just in Time-Just the Way You Look Tonight
Sugar Blues-For the Good Times
My Kind of Gal-In the Mood
On the Street Where You Live
Sentimental Journey-On the Alamo
What Kind Of Fool Am I
When You’re Smiling-San Francisco
She’s A Little Doll- Unforgettable
Moonlight Waltz-Let’s Fall In Love
Adios-How High the Moon
New York, New York
On Broadway-On the Road Again
Tuxedo Junction-St. Louis Blues March
Satin Doll-Polkas-Leap Frog
String of Pearls-Woodchopper’s Ball
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Blue Moon-Days of Wine and Roses
Who’s Sorry Now-September Song
Swanee River-Autumn Leaves
Star Dust-Spanish Eyes
Love Letters-Cabaret-Pennsylvania 6-5-0-0-0
San Antonio Rose-Yellow Ribbon
Vocal Medley-Anniversary Waltz
Additional Selections (over 300 tunes in library) as Requested