VILLAGE BIG BAND 2017 pre-concert
l-r Don Phillips, Ray Narug, Ron Dana, Jan Jenkins, Jim Kelly, Maureen Morgan, Jonathan VanHouten, Bill Morgan, Will Anderson, Nora Cole, Bob Casteel, Donna Morton, Norm Morton, Bruce Harvey, Steve Fetcko, Kenny McKay, Hal Thompson, Phil McLarty, Lee Beach, Jerry Jamrich, and Ken Bridges
Guest vocalist, Kenny McKay, leads congregational Christmas carol singing….
COH organist, Ruth Clemens furnishes the accompaniment for the carol singing.
The VBB lead off with “Trombones Under the Tree”….
VBB leader, Bill Morgan, directs as vocalist, Maureen Morgan sings for us.
Guest vocalist, Kenny McKay shares his “golden” tones with us…
Guest sax, Jon VanHouten takes a solo while giving Kenny a break….
Maureen & Kenny share the mics for a tune…..
Soloists….include Phil McLarty on T-bone
Jim Kelly, lead trumpet
Jan Jenkins, trumpet
Ken Bridges, trumpet
Will Anderson, tenor sax
and Steve Fetcko, piano
The VBB gets to the end of the concert…..with a large crowd in attendance…..
Garvan Gardens Concert
Opening Day of ChristmasLighting
Garvan Woodland Gardens
Hot Springs, AR – November 18, 2017
Photos by Becky Harvey
The Village Big Band launches into their first number.
“Girl” singer, Maureen Morgan
Guest “Boy” singer, Kenny McKay
Our vocalists makin’ great music together.
Kenny sings a Holiday song….
1/4 of the rhythm section, percussionist, Lee Beach
Bruce Harvey, on trumpet
another 1/4 of the rhythm section, Ron Dana, guitarist
Will Anderson on tenor sax
Guest alto sax, Jon VanHouten
The other 2/4 of the rhythm section , lft. Norm Morton, bass & Steve Fetcko, piano, with Mr. guitar in the background.
Guest trumpet, Ken Bridges, with Janet Jenkins
Lead trumpet, Jim Kelly, with bass “bone”, Nora Cole and Jan Jenkins
a near capacity crowd enjoys our Christmas jazz arrangements
Benefit for Hurricane/Flood Victims – Dance Coronado Center Patio,
Hot Springs Village, AR – October 10, 2017 Photos by Carla Olson
Setting up on the Coronado Center patio on a night that should have been delightful……
….but as the evening progressed the wind blew around 20 mph and temp dropped to the 50s………
Guest pianist, Clyde Pound & Bassist, Norm Morton are ready to brave the elements….NOT!
The VBB absorbs the last of their heat before going out to play.
Trombone, Don Phillips tries to “wind proof” his music….
some VBB “groupies” before going out….
The VBB …..it’s really hard play a horn with chattering teeth!!!!
Will Anderson (l) & Earl Hesse play a duet….
Volunteers and band wives, Becky Harvey (l) & Diane Upchurch man the “Band Request” table.
The setting is marvelous….except…..please turn up the heat!!! Our “Boy Singer” Ken Bridges gives us one of his great renditions.
“Girl Singer”, Maureen Morgan & hubby Colin, “cut the rug” or in this case the tile….
Our “Girl” singer, Maureen sings a “hot” melody.
Our photographer, Carla, took this drink picture at the end to show how much the ice had NOT melted!!!
Tribute to Joe Shelnutt – Concert First Baptist Church,
Benton, AR – September 28, 2017 Photos by Carla Olson
VBB leader, Bill Morgan, discusses pre-concert details…..
VBB does a pre-concert pose…..
Introducing The Village Big Band……for a special memorial concert for our departed tenor sax, Joe Shelnutt.
Leader, Bill has a word with our audience….
The VBB gets “down to business”……
A solo by Phil McLarty…..
A solo by Dr. Earl Hesse, with trumpeter, Jim Kelly in the back & Sax, Howard Olson to his left….
Chuck Shelnutt, Joe’s son, shares his talent with us…..
a very appreciative audience…..
Chuck & Earl Hesse share a duet in “In The Mood”.for our encore…