Les Brown Centennial Festival

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Country and Region United StatesPennsylvania
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Tower City, Pennsylvania, USA
Festival Contact Information

Joel Guldin, Director
Email: jguldin@wvsd.k12.pa.us

Festival Description

The festival honors and pays tribute to the legendary Les Brown Sr. from the big band era. Born in March 1912 near Tower City in Reinerton, Brown played with notable individuals that include Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Doris Day and Dean Martin to name a few. The aim of the festival is to keep alive the musical heritage of the region for audiences and more specifically students. The events take place a multiple venues where big bands from colleges and public schools, and professional musicians perform individually and in concerts where they join together. Festival participants recreate the sounds of the by-gone era and features trios, bands, choruses and orchestras.

Festival Dates March 24, 2012
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Festival Events:

Festival Schedule 2012:
  • 12:00 — Welcome by David Miller of NPR
  • 12:15-1:00 — Unforgettable Big Band
  • 1:10-1:30 — Interview: Les Jr
  • 1:40-2:25 — The Unforgettable Big Band
  • 2:30-3:15 — Manhattan Dolls
  • 3:15-3:55 — Elizabethtown College Jazz Band
  • 4:15-4:35 — Interview: Swampy Marsh
  • 4:40-5:00 — Williams Valley Elementary Jazz
  • 5:05-5:50 — Manhattan Dolls
  • 5:55-6:15 — Interview: Rusty Higgins
  • 6:20-6:35 — Trivia contestants vs. Les & Swampy
  • 6:40-7:00 — Williams Valley “Cool Blue” Jazz Band
  • 7:05-7:20 — Interview: Don Clarke
  • 7:25-8:00 — Town of Renown Alumni Jazz Band
  • 8:00 — Closing remarks: special guests


Other Sources:

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  • Annual jazz fest set for March,by by Vicki Terwilliger (Republican Herald, February 7, 2011)
  • Fourth annual weekend festival to honor county native, musical legend Les Brown, by Vicki Terwilliger (Republican Herald, March 21, 2010)


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