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Favorite website
http://www.audibleimages.net
Pittsburgh Connection
Pittsburgh based Big Band
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
The Burg' Big Band, Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
WDUQ 90.5 fm
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Pittsburgh Jazz Society, Rhythm House Cafe (Bridgeville, PA), Manchester Craftsmans Guild
About Me:
"The Tuesday Night Big Band" (TNB) was formed about 2003 by Dr. Tom Yost (who has provided the band with hundreds of charts, state of the art sound equipment and everything necessary to supply the band), Dick Smith (trombone) and Deb Weible (drums). TNB repretoire consists of jazz arrangements by such arrangers as Tom Kubis, Gordon Goodwin and Sammy Nestico, to name a few. Many of the band's jazz arrangements have been specially arranged and/or composed by the band's directors Richard Mansfield and Joe Campus. TNB delivers these fresh original arrangements at every performance!!!

In 2006, the band grew and evolved into a second band called 'The Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band" (PDWB). The PDWB repretoire consists of all original Doo Wop style charts written by Richard Mansfield. The band also performs a show called "Memories Are made with Music - A Tribute to the 50's, 60's & 70's" that includes tunes from the favorite artists of that era. This show was entirely written and arranged by Rich Mansfield. Many will recognize Rich as the arranger and orchestra conductor for the nationally acclaimed PBS "American Soundtrack Series" shows "Doo Wop 50", "Doo Wop 51" & R&B 40". This is Doo Wop in a BIG way!!

The Band Members Are:

Alto I - Dave Langett
Alto II - Rick Matt
Tenor I - Jim "Iceman" Emminger
Tenor II - Todd Bushyager
Bari Sax - Dr. Tom Yost

Trombone I - Dick Smith
Trombone II - Joe Schulties
Trombone III - Howard Hartmann
Bass Trombone - Phil Vanouse

Trumpet I - Devon Smeal
Trumpet II - Skip McAuliffe
Trumpet III - Wes Ward
Trumpet IV- Vince DiAntonio
Trumpet V & Director - Joe Campus

Drums - Deb Weible
Bass - Vince Gorman
Keyboard - Brian Pappal

Vocals- Lori Russo
Doo Wop Vocals - Will Manker

Director - Rich Mansfield
Composers/Arrangers - Rich Mansfield & Joe Campus

The Band rehearses almost every Tuesday evening at RCAC in Oakmont, PA.

The band recorded it's first CD "In The Swing Of Things" in February of 2008 at Audible Images Studios (North Hills) with recording engineer and Grammy Award winner Jay Dudt!!

To obtain a copy of the CD or to contact the band please send an e-mail with your request to GEODAW@aol.com.
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Our Upcoming Public Gigs Are As Follows (Private gigs are not listed):

* The Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band - Friday, March 4th, 2011 - RCAC Benefit at The Harmar House, Cheswick, Pa, 6:30 pm until 10:30 pm. $30 per person. Call RCAC at (412) 828-1062 for reservations (includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, coffee, tea, dancing!)


* The Tuesday Night Big Band - Sunday, May 29th, 2011 - Pittsburgh Jazz Society @ The Rivers Casino, 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Grandview Buffet

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At 4:19pm on June 24, 2010, Stephen Alexander Sekeli said…
Hi Moe remember when we worked together for years Steve Sekelik Drummer, with Corsairs Jimmy Sturr, Oldies Marcels etc. You guys sound great my music. Will you be playing at the Rivers Casino on July 4 2010 do you have my number give me a call a am deal with film productions. Take care see you soon Steve.
At 11:15pm on April 30, 2010, JOHN PAPI said…
SOUNDS SOOD, RICK YOU ARE DOING ONE GREAT JOB, KEEP
IT UP BROTHER, HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON... JOHN PAPI
At 5:16am on November 2, 2009, Francis Bruce Marion, DC said…
The variety and excitement of this big band's performance for the Pittsburgh Jazz Society at The Rhythm House on November 1, 2009 was superb! Lori Russo's vocal ease hypnotized the audience to verify how great and vibrant this band creates their Jazz/Pop/DooWop vibrations. Sincerely, Dr Bruce
At 4:25am on May 28, 2009, John A. California said…
I am a parent of one of the students at the Vandergrift Elementary School that you played on Wed Mar 27th. I want to say that first of all the concert was fantastic. You really put on a great show! Second you really made that night a night to remember for my daughter, who was fortunate enough to get to play with you on stage. I really appreciate you taking the time to come to the school to perform, but to go that extra mile and do what you did at the end was unbelievable and that is her last impression of that night. She is as we speak floating on cloud nine. Thanks again to all of the musicians that were at Vandergrift Elementary tonight.
At 10:39pm on April 10, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
You have a great page and a great band. Hope I get to hear you live soon. Keep up the good work.
At 4:10pm on March 2, 2009, Michele Bensen said…
Thanks for adding me as a friend.
I started my career singing with big bands in Pittsburgh.
1. The Frank Jarema Band
2. The Bunny Castrodale Band
3. The Hal Curtis Band
4. The Joey Sims Band
5 The Jimmy Dorsey Band w/ Lee castle
6. The Balcony Big Band
7. The Roger Humphries Big Band
7.The Stan Kenton Alumi Band w/ Mike Vax
Kloman Schmitt wrote my first big band charts when I was 17 and I still have them, plus a few more!
Keep on swingin,
Michele Bensen
At 4:30am on July 2, 2008, Angela Abadilla said…
Wow!! Some of my all time favorite musicians are in this band!! Best of luck to you all and I can't wait to catch you on a gig. Thanks for making PIttsburgh Proud!!
At 6:17am on June 30, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome!!!

This is a fabulous organization of outstanding artists. I look forward to you making your presence felt here and your using the network to amplify and announce your activities.

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