The Herald Bulletin

April 16, 2013

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra returns to Paramount

By Margaret Maynard
For The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — The famous trombonist Tommy Dorsey played Anderson once before.

Now, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra — still in form after Dorsey’s 1956 death — will bring the sound back to the Paramount Theatre on April 22.

The orchestra will perform the second concert of the 2012--13 Big Band Series at 7:30 p.m., on April 22.

“The Big Band concerts are normally held on Thursdays,” said Ann Hardacre, coordinator of the series. “But in order to get The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to come to Anderson, we had to schedule it on Monday, April 22.”

Gayle Jones Burris, Executive Director of the Paramount Theatre Centre and Ballroom said, “Tommy Dorsey’s original orchestra performed here, along with many others.  If it weren’t for our local sponsors and Ann Hardacre’s hard work, this would not be able to happen.”

This time the band will be directed by Terry Myers, 73, who has a wealth of experience as a musician (on clarinet and saxophone) and as an orchestra leader.  Myers played with the TDO on and off for over 25 years beginning in 1987. Buddy Morrow was directing during that time.

“Buddy (Morrow) moved to Orlando, about one-half mile from me,” said Myers.  “He became my best friend and mentor, both on and off the bandstand.  Everything I know about directing, came from Morrow.”

The TDO has 17 band members and they play about 40 to 50 concerts a year. The current tour began in Seattle, making stops in Montana, Idaho, Nebraska and Michigan on the way to Anderson.

“Naturally we concentrate on trying to recreate the great sounds that made the Dorsey band famous,” said Myers.  “It’s a very good band and does an excellent job of keeping the music alive and vibrant.  We get a wonderful reaction every place we go.”

Some signature songs likely to be heard at the concert are “Marie,” “Song of India,” “The Sunny Side of the Street” and “I’ll Never Smile Again.”

“Tommy Dorsey’s solos are done by Mike Boscarino, our lead trombone player,” said Myers.

Boscarino, 30, originally from near Pittsburgh, Pa., lives in New York City.  He is single and one of a few younger players with the TDO.

“I’ve been playing with the band for six years, since February 2007,” said Boscarino.  “I’m honored to carry on the legacy of Tommy (Dorsey), one of the greatest trombone players of our time.”

“We really look forward to playing at the Paramount,” said Myers. “These types of venues are always very rewarding.  It’s a privilege to be part of continuing the legacy of great music which Tommy Dorsey provided during the big band era.”

The last concert of the 2012-2013 Big Band series will be The Carolyn Martin Swing Band on Thursday, May 16.