THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA

 

The Spirit of America Campaign is The St. Louis Big Band's 2017 outreach campaign.  Big band music has played a major role in boosting troop morale during times of war and has represented the music of the United States in countless outreach concerts around the world for kings, queens, presidents, & prime minsters of large and small nations.  Along with jazz, big band is one of the only truly American styles of music. Here are 10 reasons why, more to come!

 

"Spirit of America" Reason #1 -

The Benny Goodman Orchestra with vibraphonist Lionel Hampton gave the first integrated performance at Carnegie Hall on January 16, 1938. 

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"Spirit of America" Reason #2 -

On December 15, 1944 the world’s most famous big band leader, Glenn Miller made the ultimate sacrifice while serving as a band leader in WWII.

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"Spirit of America" Reason #3 -

February 15, 1941, The Duke Ellington Orchestra records “Take the A Train” which becoming one of many WWII anthems and morale boosters for American troops. 

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"Spirit of America" Reason #4 -

In 1944 Glenn Miller and his newly formed Army Air Force Band perform over 800 times for American troops overseas.   

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"Spirit of America" Reason #5 -

As World War II progressed the US War Department collaborated with the top big bands of the era to make V-Disks, standing for Victory Discs which were shipped to troops oversees.

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"Spirit of America" Reason #6 -

Reason #6:  Some have called jazz the premier unique musical art form of American culture.

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"Spirit of America" Reason #7 -

The Andrew Sister’s hit song Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy came out in 1941 and became a anthem of WWII.  It was later named one of the top 10 songs of the 20th century.

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"Spirit of America" Reason #8 -

Reason #8:  Frank Sinatra performed at 3 presidential inaugurations, John F. Kennedy (1961), Ronald Reagan (1981), & George H.W. Busch (1989).

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"Spirit of America" Reason #9 -

From 1967 until 1992 Doc Severinsen lead the Tonight Show Orchestra, a 18-piece swinging big band bringing big band music to millions of Americans each night on TV.

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"Spirit of America" Reason #10 -

During a 50-year career from 1937-1987 big band drummer Buddy Rich performed for John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Franklin Roosevelt, The King of Thailand, the Queen of England, & The King of Jordan. 

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