Orchestra Opens Summer Concert Series

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Whether it’s a waltz you want to hear or some of that old-time rock ’n’ roll, then you need to get out to Green Valley Park this weekend for the opening of the Concert Under the Stars series.

The first program is Saturday, June 5 and features the Terry McFee Orchestra. The music starts at 7 p.m.; with the vendor booths opening at 6 p.m. Seating around the park’s amphitheater area is limited, so bring a lawn chair or blanket. Pack a picnic supper or see what goodies the vendors have for sale and plan on a great evening of music ranging from waltzes to 1950s rock ’n’ roll.

Trumpeter McFee and his fellow musicians plan a program that includes opening with the national anthem, followed by the big band and World War II songs, “In the Mood,” “Woodchopper’s Ball,” “Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” a Harry James medley, “Begin the Beguine,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “The Twist,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and “God Bless America.”

McFee said the theme of the evening’s program is The Music of the Greatest Generation.

When the group performs “The Twist,” McFee said the audience will be encouraged to participate in a twist dance contest that will include T-shirts and CDs as prizes. The T-shirts and CDs will also be available for purchase from the band.

The June 5 concert in Green Valley Park is not the first time McFee and his group have participated in the Concert Under the Stars series. They appeared in the summer of 2004. They have also performed at least a dozen times for audiences at both The Rim Club and Chaparral Pines.

In addition to McFee, the orchestra includes vocalist and keyboardist Licia Ware; bassist Orlando Gordoa; Steven Von Wald, alto sax; Bob Hartrick, tenor sax; Jeff Kelly, both tenor and alto sax; and Chuck Hitmar, baritone sax; all four sax players also play clarinet; Joey Leyva, trumpet; Mark Witt, trombone; and Tory Edwards, drums. The evening’s program will also include narrator Dave Bar, who was at one time a drummer with the late John Denver. Gordoa handles the sound for the group, along with Marcus Esparza.

The first part of the program will be about an hour, McFee said, with the second part lasting about 45 minutes following a 15-minute intermission.

McFee has had a band since he was in high school in Iowa. He was also part of the U.S. Air Force band during four years of service after graduating from college in Texas.

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