WEST JEFFERSON —The Ashe County Arts Council will present the Moondance Orchestra at the Ashe Civic Center on Friday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. The eight piece orchestra will be joined by two vocalist for an evening of big bands sounds.
Established in 2012, the Moondance Orchestra performs a mix of popular favorites. From the classic to the contemporary selections by Michael Buble to Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears, the orchestra has a sharp, powerful rhythm section and a strong, harmonic horn section. Their play list is extensive with selections that include “Can’t Take my Eyes Off of You” to “Copacabana” to “Soul Man” to “Mack the Knife.”
The band members include Daniel Cook on trumpet, Pat Jaap on saxophone, Bob Foreman on trombone, Richard Woods on alto saxophone, Tim Brown on guitar, Joel Everett on keyboard, Corky Waugh on bass and Gary Fallin on drums. Lonnie Carpenter and Elizabeth Cooke are the vocalist.
Carpenter had the original vision of The Moondance Orchestra and collaborated with top area musicians to achieve his vision. He has achieved a degree of recording success having a number of songs on the beach charts during the 80’s and 90’s which are still played on the beach radio shows today.
Cooke attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied opera, chorus, and music theory. Elizabeth is currently a member of the Chancel Choir and Ensemble and an occasional soloist at First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro. She also performs regularly as the Lead Vocalist with the Silvio Martinat Jazz Orchestra.
Jaap started playing saxophone when he was 10 years old and after graduating from high school he studied saxophone in college. Through the years he has played with numerous groups and ensembles and is comfortable playing in any genre including classic rock, beach, jazz and top forty to symphony orchestras, musical theater productions and big band/swing.
Cook began playing the trumpet at the age of 10. Taking cues from trumpet greats such as Maynard Ferguson, Lew Soloff and Lee Loughnane, he developed into a jazz and pop trumpeter specializing in stratospheric upper register playing.
Originally from New York, Foreman attended SUNY Potsdam and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Master’s Degree in Brass Instruments from Ithaca College. In addition to the Moondance Orchestra, Bob has also been a member of the Salisbury Brass Quintet, formerly the Catawba Brass.
Woods specializes in tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax and flute. He has performed with many different musical groups and accompanied solo musical artists and vocalists at their live performances and recording sessions. Thus he has developed an eclectic mix of musical tastes including big-band, swing, classic rock, beach music, blues, smooth jazz and acoustic pop.
Brown has a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University. He has played in folk groups, rock bands, top forty bands, beach bands and various jazz bands and ensembles since the 60’s. He has accompanied two past Miss America winners and performed in a backup band for Anita Bryant.
Everett is an Emmy award-winning composer, arranger and keyboardist who most recently scored a documentary for WSTV 13 which aired on UNC-TV. Originally from Chicago, Everett holds a Bachelor of Music Composition from Columbia College of Chicago and plays piano, organ, keyboards, and percussion.
Waugh has been playing the double bass (upright bass) and the Fender electric bass since 1964. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1975 from Appalachian State University where he studied the double bass and string pedagogy. Besides playing with the Moondance Orchestra, Corky also plays for various community theater groups and church programs as well as other swing and big bands including the Frank Love Orchestra.
Fallin has been performing Rock, Pop, Jazz, Symphonic music and so much more for over 40 years. He began pursuing his passion for jazz in the mid 1990’s as a founding member of The Brubakers. The Brubakers perform a repertoire of original jazz as well as their own arrangements of jazz standards, ballads and pop.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center or by phone at 336-846-2787.