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March 5, 2004


Bill Porter Orchestra to Perform at UW-River Falls

The Bill Porter Orchestra, "the Original Big Band Showcase," will perform at the UW-River Falls Abbott Concert Hall on March 24.

The band features the music of the big bands of the 30s, 40s, 50s and today, with an emphasis on small groups and singers from those eras.

Porter grew up in Chicago, where he excelled at music. After high school, he joined the Air Force Band. He then toured with Stan Kenton, Harry James, Buddy Rich and Woody Herman. He soon became the No. 1 trombonist in the country. He taught in Chicago area colleges, was featured at jazz festivals, played on hundreds of albums and commercials and toured as a jazz clinician. He soon organized his own orchestra and became one of Chicago's top bandleaders.

In 1990, he joined Frank Sinatra's orchestra and toured with him until his retirement.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for non-students. For more information, call 715/425-4911.

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