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Ring in the New Year with the Buzz Jones Big Band featuring Cathy Chemi

(12/10) Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Majestic Theater on Thursday, December 31 at 7:00 p.m.. The Buzz Jones Big Band is celebrating its 30th year of performing music of the Great American Songbook. The band has over 300 performances to its credit that include three tours of Europe highlighted by concerts at the Montreux and North Sea International Jazz Festivals and in Belgium, Germany, France, Holland, and Switzerland. Featured vocalist Cathy Chemi is one of the most outstanding interpreters of American popular song in the mid Atlantic States. Cathy joined the Harry James Orchestra as featured vocalist in the late '60s and toured the U.S. and the Europe with performances at London's Royal Festival Hall and the Hollywood Palladium.

The Majestic Theater's New Year's Eve performance will feature a broad variety of music for every lover of big band jazz. Johnny Mercer's centennial is in 2009 so Tangerine and Skylark will be on the program as well as medley of tunes made famous by trumpeter and bandleader Harry James. The band will salute several important Pennsylvania jazz musicians - Henry Mancini, Tommy Dorsey, and Bobby Troup - with songs like The Pink Panther, Polkadots and Moonbeams, and Route 66. You can spend the evening reveling in the lush sounds of a 17 piece jazz orchestra or get up and dance to swing standards or beautiful ballads.

Band leader Buzz Jones is professor of music at Gettysburg College's Sunderman Conservatory of Music where he teaches theory and composition. During the past decade, he was music department chair and then conservatory director until 2008. He has directed the college jazz ensemble for over twenty years and is the artistic director for jazz of the Gettysburg Festival.

Come early and celebrate the evening with us! We are pleased to announce that Mamie's Café will be open for cocktails and appetizers from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. before the show and one hour after the show. Big Band New Year's Eve tickets are priced from $40 to $33 (taxes and fees included) for reserved seating. To purchase tickets, visit, call 717-337-8200, or stop by the Box Office, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg. The Box Office is open Monday through Saturday from Noon until 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a cultural resource for its students and the community.

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