Sun Feb 18

Tom McHugh Birthday Celebration with the University of Delaware Big Band

Sun, February 18
4PM / Free
This concert is sold out.
The Mainstay

5753 Main St
Rock Hall, MD 21661

University of Delaware Big Band

Tom McHugh, founder of The Mainstay celebrates his 80th year with a concert by one of his very favorite groups, The University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble. This is the big (BIG!) band that is the top Jazz group at the University of Delaware and they are 18 strong for this show. The players compete for positions in this band and they come not only from UDel’s strong music department but from a wide variety of other majors and programs. Guest soloist will be famed Philadelphia tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna who has played with Woody Herman Big Band, Buddy de Franco, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. The University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble has played the Mainstay several times as part of their Spring schedule, always bringing an outstanding group of excellent musicians who capture all the energy and excitement of big band jazz. You may hear some Basie, Ellington, May, Kenton and some great originals with this stellar group. Throughout his career at The Mainstay, Tom McHugh has celebrated young people playing music offering professional gigs in a place where the audience is informed, enthusiastic and supportive of young musicians so what better way to celebrate his 80th year than with jazz from a top-notch university big band. This concert is free but we will be requesting donations to defray the musicians’ expenses and our own. Please be generous. And please make a reservation, either online at Instant Seats or by giving us a call 410-639-9133.

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Sun, February 18

4PM / Free
This concert is sold out.

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