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Apr 10

Mason Warrington Orchestra Springs Into Spring

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Contact Goodwill Theatre:
Naima Kradjian, Chief Executive Officer
Office: 607.772.2404, ext. 2
Mobile: 607.727.5851
nkradjian@goodwilltheatre.net

Contact Mason Warrington Orchestra:
Hank Slechta, Manager
hmslechta@earthlink.net

Mason Warrington Orchestra
SWINGS INTO SPRING at Schorr Family Firehouse Stage

Johnson City – The last time the Mason Warrington Orchestra played at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, the place was filled to capacity – and that was in November!

The Goodwill Theatre will celebrate the arrival of spring with a Sunday afternoon of Swing and Big Band music with the Mason Warrington Orchestra on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. This performance is the final concert of the 2011-2012 “Just 4 Fun!” Series, which is sponsored by Visions Federal Credit Union.

The Mason Warrington Orchestra is the area’s premier Big Band, featuring seventeen of the finest musicians in the Southern Tier. The ensemble includes pianist Jim Ford; saxophonists Jim Meckley, Bob Pompi, Al Hamme, Hank Slechta and Ron Hunkovic; percussionist Brad Nemcek; bassist Tom Federowicz; trumpet players Alan Howell, Vic Merrill, John Harper, and Larry West; trombone players Mike Rohrbach, Warren Harrold, and Bob Wagner, and vocalists Judy Giblin and Ralph Muro.

The orchestra’s repertoire includes authentic arrangements from the books of Count Basie, Les Brown, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton and many other bands, both past and present. The band’s two featured vocalists, Judy Giblin and Ralph Muro, recreate the sophisticated styles of such legendary singers as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin and Peggy Lee. Their performances at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage feature Big Band favorites

The Mason Warrington Orchestra was founded by Bob Terrell in 1992. Known as the “Main Room Band,” the orchestra has performed at venues such as the Marriott Grand Marquis Hotel in Times Square, the Wind Watch Hotel in Hauppauge, Long Island, the Fordham University Performing Arts Center in New York City, the Grand Opening of the National Warplane Museum in Elmira and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Grand Prix Racing in Watkins Glen.

In addition to co-sponsoring monthly dances with USA Dance, the Mason Warrington Orchestra appears regularly at several summer concert series throughout central New York and performs for many social, corporate, charitable and educational events. The band is featured annually at the USA Dance Celebration Dance, and recently provided the music for the Broome County Bicentennial Ball. They have also appeared at the Cider Mill Playhouse and the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center.

Judy Giblin has been a featured vocalist with the Mason-Warrington Orchestra for the past 12 years. She has also performed with Don Godfrey & Friends, Doug Beardsley, Al Hamme, Gene Cothran, and Claus Evans. She has also performed with SRO Productions, DeAngelo Productions, and the Cider Mill Playhouse.

Ralph Muro has been a featured vocalist with the Mason Warrington Orchestra for seven years. Prior to that, he sang with the Jazz Exchange, which was once the house Big Band for Glen Gardner’s Music Box Jazz Club in Johnson City.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and students. Reservations, and information on all shows, are available by calling the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 1. Tickets, if still available, will also be sold at the door, one hour before show time.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility. It is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, and a new lot along the side of the building, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre. For more information, interested persons can contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 1, or visit: www.goodwilltheatre.net