The big band that led king crooner Frank Si­na­tra to fame, the Tommy Dorsey Or­ches­tra, is cel­e­brat­ing the singer’s 100th an­niver­sary

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD PLAY - MATT BYRNE

The mu­sic that made Frank Si­na­tra fa­mous will be cel­e­brated and played by the band that set his star ris­ing, the Tommy Dorsey Or­ches­tra. Renowned as the Sen­ti­men­tal Gen­tle­man of Swing, Dorsey groomed the young Si­na­tra for leg­end sta­tus. And lead­ing the band which is still go­ing strong is Iowa na­tive Terry My­ers.

When reed player My­ers first got in­volved with the or­ches­tra in 1986, he never dreamt he would end up run­ning the show.

“A won­der­ful trom­bon­ist named Buddy Mor­row was in charge of the band at the time and he led it for more than 30 years,” My­ers says.

“At that stage, Buddy was on the road about 40 weeks a year with the band. He would call me when he, say, just lost his tenor sax and needed a fillin, usu­ally for a few weeks.

“Who knew I would end up fill­ing ev­ery reed chair in the sax sec­tion and Buddy would be­come my best friend?”

My­ers would be­come “fully im­mersed” in big band mu­sic thanks to Mor­row and the or­ches­tra.

“He even helped me start my own Benny Good­man band in the early ’90s,” he says.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Si­na­tra’s 100th birth­day an­niver­sary, My­ers says this tour is “to pay trib­ute to the mu­sic and the ori­gins” of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Singer Bryan An­thony will per­form with the Tommy Dorsey Or­ches­tra.

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