By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
MOUNT VERNON - The Knox Community Jazz Orchestra concert at Ariel Foundation Park drew over 300 people Sunday evening. The orchestra is in its inaugural season and is under the direction of Ted Buehrer who also plays trumpet with the group.
The concert featured toe-tapping music by composers including Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman and more. Some could not keep their seats and were encouraged to dance. The finale, "Sing Sing Sing" by Benny Goodman featured a fantastic drum solo by Skip Trask. Special guest Mount Vernon native and professional trombonist Vaughn Weister performed two numbers with the orchestra. Vocalist Alison Cline sang several tunes with the orchestra including, Frederick Loewe's "Almost like being in Love."
This talented dancing duo was among the hundreds who enjoyed Sunday's KCJO concert - KP Photo
The jazz orchestra is a revival of community jazz bands in Knox County that date back to the 1960's and the Riley Norris Orchestra. In the 1980's it was the Bob Bechtel Big Band and the Colonial City Big Band after that.
Orchestra personnel includes Buehrer, Saxophones: Ross Feller, Chuck Dettmar, Jack Eyre, Gary McCutcheon, and Bob Milnikel.
Trumpets: Dane Heuchemer, Buehrer,, Carol McCutcheon, Dan Laskin, Ethan Buehrer
Trombones: Bob Pelfry, Jim Frady, Bonnie Warren, Tracy Smith
Rythm Section: Andrew Clarkson, Jr., guitar; John Schmoll, piano; Andrew Clarkson, Sr., bass; Trask, drums.
The Knox Community Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) arts organization that was incorporated in 2016.