|Friends Of Holy Trinity Church, Meldreth
Registered Charity No. 289736
Led by Maria McElroy, the band gave an excellent re-creation of American Big Band music from the 1920s to the 1950s, with their seventeen-piece line-up of five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets and a four-piece rhythm section, complemented by two vocalists.
Of the tunes played, many were linked to famous bands like Glen Miller's "Tuxedo Junction" and "In the Mood", which had a resounding saxophone introduction. The evening also included Duke Ellington's "Caravan", Benny Goodman's '"How High the Moon", Count Basie's "Li'l Darling" and "Jumping at the Woodside" and Bob Crosby's "South Rampart Street Parade". There were two poignant saxophone solos by Maria McElroy, one of Errol Garner's "Misty" and the other of Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers's "Harlem Nocturne". The vocalists, Iris Dipple and Ian Hunt, sang a range of songs individually with one duet of "Something Stupid", which was famously recoreded by Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy. To conclude the evening, the band played their signature tune, Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies".
The event was very well attended, with over 70 people filling the church pews and it raised funds to cover the cost of the band and made a decent profit towards our Fabric Fund objectives.