The Sun City All Stars.
The beginning of the nine regular concerts of the 46th season of the Friends of Music is Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Wickenburg Community Center. This first show promises to be a crowd-pleaser.
The new season begins Friday, Oct. 4, with MacDougal Street West, a Peter, Paul and Mary tribute band. That concert was a fundraising event. But the free, Sunday afternoon concerts begin with The Sun City All Stars.
The All Stars, coincidentally from Sun City, began 23 years ago with a hand-picked group of 17 retired professional musicians. The All Stars have performed in California and around the West Valley in Phoenix. Since the musicians are highly professional, they have maintained their outstanding reputation to current day. One reason is a variety of the instrumental soloists have played professionally throughout the U.S. This insures the caliber of the band is top drawer.
Duane Moore is a retired middle school band director. He taught for 33 years in Iowa and Michigan. Moore and his wife, Carol, spent 22 winters here and three years ago they became permanent residents of Sun City.
For the past three years Moore has been the lead alto saxophone and the Musical Director of the All Stars Band. At the age of 81, he still enjoys being able to participate with his many musical friends in the band.
With the top musicians working together, the All Stars will be offering a wide range of selections. Jane Higgins is a vocal soloist and will be featured during the program. In nearly all the songs, there is a featured artist to demonstrate their finest talents.
The Sun City All Star consists of five saxophones, four trombones four trumpets, a bass, a piano, a female vocalist and the musical director for a total of 17.
Their playlist is highlighted with Take the “A” Train, Girl from Ipanema featuring Jane Higgins, Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White featuring a trumpet solo from Paul Clippon and Lullaby of Broadway to name a few.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards and you are invited to stay and mingle after the show.
Plan to join in for an afternoon of big band favorites and there is no admission fee. For more info, visit fomwickenburg.org.