Big Band Sound Orchestra to liven up Dogwood Park Aug. 5 and Sept. 2

COOKEVILLE – Get ready for saxophones, trumpets, trombones and more – plus lots of lively dancing.

It’ll happen Monday during a free Big Band Sound Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. at Dogwood Park, 30 E. Broad St. Another is scheduled for Sept. 2.

“The concert will be a fun evening of jazz, swing and big band era music played by some of the area’s finest musicians,” Chad McDonald, Cookeville Leisure Services cultural arts superintendent, said. “Under the direction of Carroll Gotcher, the group has a vast and varied repertoire sure to please all tastes.”

In addition to the music, part of the stage is reserved for dancing.

“Several dancers from the Swing Society frequent the concerts and take to the stage, but anyone from the audience is welcome to join in,” McDonald said.

Big Band Sound Orchestra consists of five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, a piano, bass, drums and two vocalists who play music from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and beyond. Band members include professional musicians, both active and retired, as well as other community members. Many of them are also part of the Cookeville Community Band, which just wrapped up its summer concert season at Dogwood Park. The band was founded in 1994 by the late OJ Cummins and was led several years by the late Wayne Pegram.

“Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a great evening of music in the beautiful setting of Dogwood Park,” McDonald said.

Free concerts in Dogwood Park are presented by the city of Cookeville Leisure Services Department. For more information, call 931-528-1313 or 931-520-4386.

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