March 18, 2006
When Bill Rotter waved the baton over his "Great Big Band" musicians the other night at the high school auditorium, you didn't need a program to know who arranged that piece of music. It was obvious that the musicians knew who they were emulating, and they did it very well. Bill did help out by identifying the source of particular pieces of music, but you could tell his musicians knew where it came from.
Which is to say, the men and women who made up the band knew what they were doing, and it showed. It was an excellent program played in the manner of musicians who are for the most part no longer with us. They came from an age when ballroom dancing was popular, and when the gentle grace of good breeding were not only acceptable, but expected. That is just part of the reason many of us still prefer Big Band music to the raucous, noisy kind of music that now has found favor despite its debilitating results. Mr. Rotter, please give us more and more of that kind of good music.
No offering plates were on hand that night, but we were told by the directors that the same kind of music would follow a brief intermission, and it did, including a little Dixieland combo. Wonderful program. Great musicians and conductor. These performances should be taped or recorded on CD discs for playoff at our convenience.
The school auditorium was packed to give further evidence to the popularity of that kind of music, and we can hardly await the next concert. Just tell us where and when, and we will be there at the appointed time and place.