Saturday, May 1, 2010

Christian Brothers School Annual Concert - News

Christian Brothers School Annual Concert
Pete Fountain & the Hollywood Casino Band
Report by John Titsworth, New Orleans LA

Pete Fountain sets the mood with his Hollywood Casino Band

Pete, accompanied by his Hollywood Casino Band played his annual concert at Christian Brothers School nestled in New Orleans’ City Park on April 15, 2010. The occasion was the annual fund-raising golf tournament in Pete’s name.

Pete sent both his sons to this school and has been an integral part of this event for over 30 years. A large tent was erected in the backyard and was the scene of a 50-minute concert. The weather was beautiful , low 70s and much more importantly low humidity foregoing the need to use an on-stage small portable fan for Pete during outdoor concerts.

After the opening announcement by Brother Gregory, Pete and Band blasted open with “Clarinet Marmalade”, followed by such familiar tunes as “Up the Lazy River”, “Basin Street Blues”, “St. Louis Blues”, blues vocal based on “Tin Roof Blues” by guitarist Allyn Young poking good-natured fun at tenor saxophonist Tom Maggorie, “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”, “My Little Margie” vocal again by Allyn Young, and closing with the “When the Saints Go Marching In” as the crowd roared its approval concluding a special musical evening. The remaining members of the band included Tim Laughlin (cl) sharing clarinet duties with Pete, Connie Jones (cor), Mark Mullins (tb), Tom Maggorie (ts), Allyn Young (g), John Royen (p), Steve Braun (b), John Royen (p), Bryan Barberot (dr).

John Titsworth, New Orleans LA is a frequent contributor to this blog, we thank him for all his hard work and contributions.

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