| Upcoming Events|
April 3, 2015|
15th Anniversary Kickoff
York Elks Lodge #213
April 11, 2015
May 17, 2015
Scottish Rite Auditorium
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
May 24, 2015
The Big Band Brunch
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
June 5, 2015
Big Band Dance
Carlisle United Methodist
June 6, 2015
York Rotary 100th
July 18, 2015
Ruhl's Church Picnic
August 16, 2015
York HS Reunion
Wyndham Conf. Center
November 7, 2015
"Heroes Among Us"
York Elks #213
November 28, 2015
December 12, 2015
More to Come!
Celebrating Our 15th Season|
Unforgettable Big Band turns 15 in 2015, and we are bringing the swing like never before. Based in York, Pennsylvania, Unforgettable has become one of the region's best known and most liked bands, performing the great music of the swing era through modern day favorites.
Unforgettable covers many of the great and
lasting songs of the swing era, including arrangements by Glenn Miller,
Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Duke
Ellington, Count Basie, and more. Our performances also feature works of more contemporary big band arrangers such as Gordon Goodwin, and we don't hesitate to step outside the box to perform songs made famous by modern artists like Queen or Carlos Santana. We also have an assortment of
outstanding big band arrangements of gospel standards that are suitable
for a worship service, or a performance.
Unforgettable is a community service oriented group of musicians. It is our desire to give back to the generations that have paved the way before us.
The band is available for parties, receptions, special events and corporate functions, in addition to traditional dance and concert engagements. We endeavor to accommodate worthy fund raising efforts, as well.
Currently organized as a non-profit corporation, Unforgettable Big Band is dedicated to continuing the American big band tradition.
Fifteenth Anniversary Kickoff Party|
Unforgettable Big Band is turning 15 years old, and we are throwing a party. Join us on April 3 for an evening of fun and dancing at the York Elks Lodge #213 in downtown York, PA. It's a First Friday in York, and there will be lots of fun things to do, as downtown merchants will have special late hours, and the town will be buzzing. Doors open at the Elks Lodge at 5:00, and a full food and beverage menu will be available. The band starts swingin' at 7:30.
We will also be celebrating the 91st birthday of legendary Hollywood icon Doris Day, who was discovered by Pennsylvania bandleader Les Brown of the Band of Renown. Doris scored several hits as vocalist with the band, including Les Brown's all time chart-topper Sentimental Journey, before finding her place among Hollywood's all time greats.
As a part of the celebration, we will be releasing for digital download our recording of (Brighten Up Your Day With A Little) Doris Day, a tribute written and arranged by Unforgettable Big Band vocalist Tonia Grubb and assistant director Lindy Mack. It's a celebration, it's a party, it's going to be Unforgettable, and you are invited!
| Unforgettable Pays Tribute to Doris Day|
Though Tonia Grubb and Lindy Mack grew up on different sides of the country (she in Dover, PA, and he in the San Francisco Bay area), they both shared the same dream of performing in a big band. Years later, as members of Unforgettable Big Band of York, PA, they are both living their dreams as keyboardist and assistant director (Mack) and female vocalist (Grubb).|
Before moving to Mechanicsburg, Mack studied big band arranging under Lyle Bardo, who worked with Merv Griffin during the 1940s while serving as the orchestra leader for the San Francisco Sketchbook radio program on KFRC. Grubb, who has been singing and perfecting tunes from the American Songbook since childhood, has worked in local theatre and also written various song melodies and lyrics for personal enjoyment. When the two were paired together, the end result was an original big band style piece: (Brighten Up Your Day With A Little) Doris Day.
The lyrics tell the story of how Grubb was introduced to the film Calamity Jane as a child, after which she becomes a life-long Doris Day fan and, inspired by Ms. Day, eventually ends up singing in a show as an adult. Grubb penned the original lyrics and melody in 2012, after doing the feature show with Unforgettable at the Les Brown Centennial Festival, where a personal letter from Ms. Day was read. She later teamed up with Mack for a big band arrangement. This 17-piece score carries all the sweetness and purity that characterizes Ms. Day, and excerpts from some of her best-known tunes make up a charming instrumental medley toward the middle of the piece.
Unforgettable introduced the song in 2014 under direction of Thomas McLaughlin, in celebration of Ms. Day’s 90th year. Now, in the countdown to her 91st, the song’s authors are making their music available online. They hope that big bands and other musicians throughout the country will acquire these pieces and join this celebration of the Doris Day legacy. (And for those who prefer listening to music, the digital audio recording of Doris Day is set to release on her 91st birthday and will also be included on Unforgettable’s 15th Anniversary CD, coming later in the summer.)
The score and parts for the big band arrangement are currently available online as digital print sheet music from Sheet Music Plus for advanced intermediate jazz ensemble. (Sheet Music Plus)
Countdown to Doris Day’s 91st:
- Big band arrangement (on SheetMusicPlus.com) – AVAILABLE NOW
- Piano/vocal sheet music (on SheetMusicPlus.com) – coming mid-March, 2015
- Digital audio recording by Unforgettable (on CDBaby.com) – coming April 3, 2015 (Ms. Day’s 91st birthday) and will be featured on Unforgettable’s 15th Anniversary CD, coming late summer
Unforgettable Big Band, along with Ms. Grubb will perform (Brighten Up Your Day With A Little) Doris Day at a special tribute/birthday celebration on April 3 in conjunction with the band's season opening performance at Elks Lodge #213 in York, PA. Admission is just $10.00, and tickets may be ordered through the Elks Lodge at (717) 848-2785, or by contacting Barb Shepp (email@example.com).
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| 2015 Season Features Excitement|
Unforgettable Big Band is kicking off our fifteenth season of bringing great music from yesterday and today to York County and the surrounding region, and we've got some exciting performances lined up already.|
We will open the season on April 3 at the York Elks Lodge with a release party, birthday celebration and dance, featuring an original song by Unforgettable vocalist Tonia Grubb, paying tribute to Doris Day, who turns 91 on that day. The song, (Brighten Up Your Day With A Little) Doris Day, will also be included on Unforgettable's upcoming 15th anniversary CD, Fifteen 4 Fifteen.
We'll be returning to Lake Meade on April 11 for the annual Spring Fundraising Dance, and in May, we'll be performing in Harrisburg for the annual reunion of the Scottish Rite Valley of Harrisburg. Also in May, the new Memorial Day weekend tradition, the Big Band Brunch, returns for its second year.
Several other exciting programs are on tap, winding down in December with a special Sinatra Centennial tribute to Frank Sinatra, the man and his music, on December 12. Watch our website or our facebook page for all the details as we swing through our 15th anniversary season.
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What Are They Saying About Unforgettable Big Band?|
“They say the Big Band Era is long gone, but that's because they haven't
heard the latest CD from the Unforgettable Big Band....” - David Miller, Host, Swingin' Down The Lane, National Public Radio
“Snappy dressers. Snappy dancers. Smooth, sultry singers.
The swing and big band era has left an indelible mark on American music and culture. The sound is, shall we say, unforgettable.”
- Mel Barber, The York Dispatch
"I'm always looking to find new and interesting ways to keep the Big
Band spirit alive and to bring my world wide audience a fresh approach
to Big Band music. Through Facebook, I was able to find an act that has
lifted my show to a whole new level of excellence. The Unforgettable Big
Band has captured the essence of what the bands of the past brought us
and elevated it to a level of splendor that keeps us dancing in today's
fast paced world. Pick up a copy of their CD American Feeling and bring a
little bit of that same spirit home with you." - Steve Mendoza - Host, The Big Band Brunch, Dream Stream Radio
“Great web site and love Unforgettable Big Band! Kudos.”
- Jan Eberle, Host, The Swing Museum via Twitter
“I have listened to this CD a couple of times! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!
The songs are a great tempo for dancing, the Vocals are clear and crisp,
the intonation and blending of the instruments are amazing! If you have
not gotten a copy of this CD ...YOU NEED TO! It would make a great Gift
for the Holidays for a Swing Dancer or anybody that loves music! I
endorse this Band as well.” - Tonya McKenzie, Facebook
“Enjoyed your performance at Brown's today. I had no idea there was such a band in the area playing real music. Impressive!” - Roxanne Dean, Facebook
“Thank you for an amazing time Friday! You guys were absolutely phenomenal. My whole family enjoyed you!” - Randi Mariah, Facebook