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Blue Moon Big Band Takes Manhattan!

- New York City debut draws record audience to supper club -

BALTIMORE, MD - November 10, 2002 - Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band, a 19-piece swing orchestra that specializes in the timeless music of the American swing era, proudly reports its successful New York City debut on Saturday, November 2, 2002.

The headline peformance at the Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club ( marked the band's first appearance in New York, and reportedly garnered the largest audience in club history. A spokesperson for Swing 46 commented that the band drew an uprecedented crowd to the club, with many would-be patrons turned away at the door as the club reached capacity early in the evening.

Bill Wells, who was in the audience for the November 2 Blue Moon Big Band performance, said, "I've been around long enough to have seen many of the original big bands in their hay day. Blue Moon gave a spectacular performance and appealed to every generation of its audience. With the band's energy and the crowd's excitement, you would have thought that Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman were in the house!"

Another club guest, Kathleen Hutzell, commented, "The band never let up. With three one-hour sets, you might expect most bands to take it easy once in a while. Blue Moon just gave 110 percent all night long, and the audience loved it. There was a definite connection between the band and the audeince."

After opening the evening with its signature rendition of "Blue Moon," the band moved directly to Glenn Miller's "American Patrol." The performance included songs by Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Tommy Dorsey, and many others. One of the highlights of the show came when the band closed out the first set with a ten minute Benny Goodman tribute which featured clarinetist Andrew Mitroff and drummer Marty Knepp on "Swingtime in the Rockies" and "Sing Sing Sing."

Rob Leonard, bandleader and founder of Blue Moon Big Band, said, "This was a night to remember! The band put in an extremely long day, leaving Baltimore early Saturday afternoon and not returning until after six o'clock Sunday morning, but it was worth it. When a venue is still packed at two in the morning and calling for multiple encores, you know that band had a great performance."

Swing 46 has reportedly indicated it will invite the band back for future engagements.

About Blue Moon Big Band
Formed in May 1998, Blue Moon Big Band is a Maryland-based 19-piece swing orchestra specializing in the timeless music of the American swing era. Performing for audiences throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Blue Moon Big Band has entertained at large functions for as many as 3,000 and at more intimate settings for as few as several dozen listeners and dancers. The band has also performed at both live and recorded television and radio events, and its music has been played on over 60 radio stations across the U.S. Presently, Blue Moon Big Band's CDs have been sold in 49 U.S. states and 9 international territories. Blue Moon Big Band has worked with some of the area's top dance instructors, including the reigning American Lindy Hop Champions, and can arrange lessons before the event. The full orchestra, as well as its smaller partner ensemble Li'l Bit of Blue, is available for wedding receptions, corporate and private parties, dances, concerts, and other special events, and can provide anything from jump and jive for clubs or festivals to big band dance music for an elegant party or reception. For pricing and availability information, contact bandleader Rob Leonard at 301.639.0770. For additional information, visit the Blue Moon Big Band website:

©1998-2002. Blue Moon Big Band, Li'l Bit of Blue, and "The entertainment should be a reflection of your good taste… why not shoot for the moon?" are trademarks or service marks, or registered trademarks or service marks, of Robert Alan Leonard DBA Blue Moon Big Band. All other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective holders.

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