The Alamance Jazz Band


The Alamance Jazz Band was organized in December, 1987 by area musicians who in their past had considerable experience playing in jazz groups. A member group of the Alamance County Arts Council, its purpose is to provide an organized program for those interested in learning, performing, and enjoying music of the big band idiom.

The Alamance Jazz Band has given hundreds of performances since its founding: outdoor and indoor concerts, civic celebrations, dinner dances, convention banquets, fund raisers, wedding receptions, and other private and public engagements. Although the band usually performs in Alamance County, it also has performed in Charlotte, Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Winston-Salem, Durham, and Raleigh.

The members of the Alamance Jazz Band come from a variety of occupational fields which include banking, real estate, education, construction, computer science, music, sales, food service, business, management, and health care. Often, area high school and college students become members. Six members have been with the band since its founding.

The band’s repertoire consists of swing era hits of the 1930s and 40s, jazz standards, contemporary arrangements and compositions for big bands, and even a few selections of beach music and rock. It rehearses most every Thursday evening at the city of Burlington’s Broad Street Center.

Musicians for Recording Session at Elon University:
Saxophones: Trombones:
Bob Byrd (lead alto, musical director) Nathan Hatley (lead)
Janet Eskridge (alto) Sonia (Sam) Blakeney
Shawn Kirkham (tenor) Jess Gilliam
Jeff Holland (tenor) Charles Morgan (bass tbn)
Mark Medlin (baritone)  
Trumpets: Marilyn Fox (keyboard)
*Earl Thompson (lead) Jeff Hatley (bass)
*Tom Manning Leonard Matherly (guitar)
Joel Marshall Jerry Johnson (Drums)
Bob Truitt  
*solo Sue Rich

Alamance Jazz Band – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Written By: Coots/Gillespie
Publisher: EMI Catalog; OBO EMI Feist Catalog; Haven Gillespie Music Pub.