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Blue Moon Big Band Partners With Naylor Wine Cellars to Present the “Marty Knepp Peace & Groove

Blue Moon Big Band Partners With Naylor Wine Cellars to Present the “Marty Knepp Peace & Groove

Memorial Project” Dance on Sunday, June 28

– All sales and money raised to be donated to the Knepp family –

Baltimore, MD – May 14, 2015 – Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band (www.bluemoonbigband.com), an authentic 1940s style swing orchestra that specializes in the timeless music of the American big band era, today announced that it has partnered with Naylor Wine Cellars (www.naylorwine.com) to present the “Marty Knepp Peace & Groove Memorial Dance” on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 1:00-4:30 PM. The open-to-the-public event, which will be held at Naylor Wine Cellars, 4069 Vineyard Road in Stewartstown, PA, will honor long-time Blue Moon Big Band drummer Marty Knepp, who passed suddenly and unexpectedly on April 30 of this year. Tickets will be available at the gate: $15 general admission; $7.50 ages 5-15; free under the age of 5. All ticket sales and money raised via CD sales will be donated directly to Marty’s wife Sandy Knepp and their three children to assist with upcoming financial challenges. Marty, known for his unfaltering positive outlook and his trademark “Peace and Groove to You All” signature line, is remembered as an exceptionally artistic musician, fine instructor, and dear friend.

Guests are invited to bring a picnic lunch to the casual event; however, no outside alcoholic beverages will be permitted. Wine will be available for sale at the event. A beginner dance lesson will be provided by the York Social Dance Studio (www.ysdstudio.com) from 1:00-1:45 PM, and will be followed by three dance sets of big band, swing, foxtrots, ballads, Lindy Hop, and Latin favorites from Blue Moon Big Band. Those unable to attend the event but wishing to make a donation are asked to visit the band’s Facebook page for more information or go directly to the GoFundMe (gofundme.com/uar3n2t) site.

Any musicians who have sat-in with Blue Moon Big Band at any time during the Marty Knepp era with Blue Moon Big Band (2000-2015) are invited to bring instruments and join the band for a song or two. This celebration will be all about how Marty’s incredible artistry touched the lives of so many fellow musicians, dances, and students throughout the years. Intended guest musicians are asked to contact bandleader Rob Leonard directly to arrange to join the band during the event. Guest musicians will be asked to pay the posted gate admission to enter the event.

About Blue Moon Big Band

Formed in May 1998, Blue Moon Big Band is an authentic 1940s style swing orchestra specializing in the timeless music of the great American big band era. Performing for audiences throughout the MidAtlantic region, Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band has entertained for thousands of guests at large events and for as few as several dozen listeners and dancers at more intimate settings. The band appeared in the 2009 cinema release, My One and Only, starring Renee Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, and Chris Noth, and has also performed at both live and recorded television and radio events, including a 2002 feature presentation on National Public Radio. Its music has been played on over 60 radio stations across the U.S. and Blue Moon Big Band has recorded six CDs, with sales in all 50 U.S. states and 11 international territories. Blue Moon Big Band has worked with some of the area’s top dance instructors, including the 2001 American Lindy Hop Champions. 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 information on
pricing and availability, contact bandleader Rob Leonard at 301.639.0770. For additional information, visit: www.bluemoonbigband.com.

©1998-2015. 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.

Blue Moon Big Band Marks 10th Anniversary with Release of Sixth Recording

Blue Moon Big Band Marks 10th Anniversary with Release of Sixth Recording

– “Blue Moon Big Band Caught in the Act: 10th Anniversary Celebration Live at Naylor Wine Cellars” features more than two hours of entertainment –

Baltimore, MD – November 21, 2008 – Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band (www.bluemoonbigband.com), an authentic 1940s style swing orchestra that specializes in the timeless music of the American big band era, today announced the release of Blue Moon Big Band Caught in the Act: 10th Anniversary Celebration Live at Naylor Wine Cellars. The double CD set, which includes 34 songs packed into more than two hours of entertainment, is the band’s sixth overall release and its second in 15 months.

On the heels of the nationally acclaimed release of The Polar Bear’s Pajamas, the band’s 2007 studio project, Caught in the Act offers time-tested favorites in Blue Moon Big Band’s repertoire as well as several new additions to the band’s library from the songbooks of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Michael Bublé. In addition to the band’s full complement of full-time musicians, several guest artists joined the group on stage at Naylor Wine Cellars for the live recording on July 19, including vocalists Ken Ebo and Dan Aitken, drummer Mark St. Pierre, and Blue Moon Big Band alumni Steve Conaway (drums) and Craig Fager (trombone). “Recording the live project at Naylor Wine Cellars seemed like to perfect way to mark the band’s 10th anniversary,” noted bandleader Rob Leonard. “The July 19 dance was our fourteenth performance at Naylor since 2002. Somehow we have been blessed with great weather on every occasion at the winery, and we enjoyed a huge audience for this particular performance.”

The double CD is selling at an introductory price of $20 through the remainder of 2008. On January 1, 2009, the cost of the recording is expected to increase to $25. “We wanted to give a great value to our fans,” said Leonard, “so we priced the CD low for 2008. Considering the number of songs on the project, however, we feel that the five dollar increase next year is still extremely reasonable.” Blue Moon Big Band Caught in the Act: 10th Anniversary Celebration Live at Naylor Wine Cellars, as well as the band’s previous releases and featured vocalist Teresa Leonard’s solo recording The Child in Me, are available via the Order Stuff page (www.bluemoonbigband.com/order.htm) of the band’s website. A complete listing of songs on the new CD is also available on the site.

About Blue Moon Big Band

Formed in May 1998, Blue Moon Big Band is an authentic 1940s style swing orchestra specializing in the timeless music of the great American big band era. Performing for audiences throughout the Mid- Atlantic region, Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band has entertained for thousands of guests at large events and for as few as several dozen listeners and dancers at more intimate settings. The band will appear in the 2009 cinema release, My One and Only starring Renee Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, and Chris Noth, and has also performed at both live and recorded television and radio events, including a 2002 feature presentation on National Public Radio. Its music has been played on over 60 radio stations across the U.S. and Blue Moon Big Band has recorded six CDs, with sales in all 50 U.S. states and 11 international territories. Blue Moon Big Band has worked with some of the area’s top dance instructors, including the 2001 American Lindy Hop Champions. The full orchestra, as well as its smaller partner ensemble Li’l Bit of Blue and its Latin-infused partner Big Band Caliente, 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 information on pricing and availability, contact bandleader Rob Leonard at 410.756.2473 or 301.639.0770. For additional information, visit: www.bluemoonbigband.com.

Blue Moon Big Band Goes Hollywood!

Blue Moon Big Band Goes Hollywood!

– Band members to appear in the 2009 feature film, My One and Only, starring Renee Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, and Chris Noth –

Baltimore, MD – June 25, 2008 – Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band (www.bluemoonbigband.com), an authentic 1940s style swing orchestra that specializes in the timeless music of the American big band era, today announced its scheduled appearance in the 2009 major motion picture release of My One and Only, starring Renee Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, and Chris Noth.

The Storyline and The Cast

Set in the 1950s, My One and Only stars Renee Zellweger (Anne Devereaux) as a divorced mother scouring the Eastern seaboard for a man to be both a father to her two sons and a financier for her lavish lifestyle. Kevin Bacon plays her Ex, a band leader who Devereaux leaves behind when she embarks on the trip. Chris Noth, well-known for his role as Mr. Big in Sex and the City, plays a retired Army doctor who briefly finds himself in Devereaux’s sights, and Steven Weber, recently on Brothers and Sisters and star of the 1990s sitcom Wings, plays a potential suitor. Viewers will recognize additional familiar faces in the film, including Nick Stahl of HBO’s Carnivale, who plays another potential suitor, as well as Logan Lerman (3:10 to Yuma) and Mark Rendall (30 Days of Night), who play the parts of Devereaux’s sons. Robin Weigert, best known as Calamity Jane on HBO’s Deadwood, plays Anne Devereaux’s sister. Cleo Reginald Pizana (Chief of Staff Coleman Parker on The Wire), plays the part of one of the band’s trombonists. Holly Palmer, a real-life Los Angeles-based singer, plays the part of the band’s bombshell vocalist.

Filming of the Movie

Filming of My One and Only, the first project financed by New Jersey-based Herrick Entertainment, began in early June and is expected to run through July. The movie is scheduled for release in 2009. Blue Moon Big Band was on location for filming at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Baltimore in late June. The Center’s unique architecture gives it the distinction as one of the most beautiful monumental buildings in the nation, and the banquet hall features one of the largest dance floors in Charm City. The band is also scheduled for additional filming at other Baltimore locations in early July.

Casting Blue Moon Big Band

Bandleader Rob Leonard responded to a casting call for a swing orchestra issued by Betsy Royall Casting, C.S.A., in late April. “Ms. Royall responded almost immediately to my request for consideration,” said Leonard, “and appeared to be very interested in our recording and performance credentials as well as the fact that many of our musicians are from the immediate Baltimore area.” The band will be recording its sixth album in July and has sold CDs in all 50 states as well as 11 international territories. It has also appeared on both live and pre-recorded television programs and was a featured performer on a one-hour National Public Radio special presentation in 2002.

“I felt an immediate interest in Blue Moon Big Band,” commented Royall. “The orchestra’s resume was quite impressive and it was clear from the audio clips and musician profiles on the band’s website that the band members were accomplished and professional. We were excited to bring Blue Moon Big Band into the project.” With the film set in the early 1950s, certain casting constraints soon came into play. “The director wanted only 12 musicians because the bandleader role was to be played by Kevin Bacon and Cleo Reginald Pizana from The Wire was scheduled to appear as one of the band’s trombonists,” said Leonard. “We are a 19-piece orchestra modeled after the likes of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and other legends of the great American Swing Era. So that created an interesting challenge in determining who from the band could be in the film. In addition, bands did not typically have female musicians back then, so more cuts to the potential roster needed to be made. All in all,” added Leonard, “we trimmed the group to 12 based mostly on tenure with the band as well as instrumentation requested by the studio.”

Associated Events

Leonard is currently in discussion with historic and visible Baltimore venues with regard to associated promotional events surrounding the release of the film in 2009. “It’s a bit premature to mention exactly what we’re working on simply because several agreements and approvals need to be put in place,” the bandleader noted, “but if we can pull together some of the ideas I have in mind, then we can expect to see some very exciting performance opportunities for the band in conjunction with the premier of My One and Only next The band on location with vocalist Holly Palmer year. Considering the limitation of only 12 musicians in the film,” he continued, “it will be great to have the entire 19-piece orchestra on the bandstand for these events.”

Among the venues referenced by Leonard is The Senator Theatre, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has served as home of countless movie premiers. Senator owner Tom Kiefaber commented, “If The Senator is designated as the site for the gala premiere of My One and Only, we would love to have Blue Moon Big Band perform as part of the festivities. The Senator is a location used in the film,” he added, “so we’re really looking forward to hosting the premiere celebration.” In 1991, USA Today voted The Senator one of the four best theaters in the United States based on a reader’s poll.

About Blue Moon Big Band

Formed in May 1998, Blue Moon Big Band is an authentic 1940s style swing orchestra specializing in the timeless music of the great American big band era. Performing for audiences throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band has entertained for thousands of guests at large events and for as few as several dozen listeners and dancers at more intimate settings. The band has performed at both live and recorded television and radio events, including a 2002 feature presentation on National Public Radio. Its music has been played on over 60 radio stations across the U.S. and Blue Moon Big Band has recorded 5 CDs, with sales in all 50 U.S. states and 11 international territories. Blue Moon Big Band has worked with some of the area’s top dance instructors, including the 2001 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

Blue Moon Big Band Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary With Planned Live CD

Blue Moon Big Band Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary With Planned Live CD

– Airtime on 60+ radio stations and worldwide recording sales highlight a decade of great big band and swing music –

Baltimore, MD – May 1, 2008 – Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band (www.bluemoonbigband.com), an authentic 1940s style swing orchestra that specializes in the timeless music of the American big band era, today celebrates its 10th anniversary of performing for audiences in the Mid-Atlantic region. In conjunction with the celebration, the band has planned the recording of its sixth CD, Blue Moon Big Band Caught in the Act: 10th Anniversary Celebration Live at Naylor Wine Cellars in July.

The Band’s History

Under the direction of Baltimore native Rob Leonard, Blue Moon Big Band was founded in 1998 and recorded its first CD the same year. “We really had one primary objective in the very beginning,” says Leonard, “and that was to bring authentic, memorable big band entertainment to local and regional audiences. At the same time, it was paramount for us to honor the bands of the 1930s and 1040s by acquiring and performing as many original arrangements as possible. We do bring our own enthusiasm and stylings to the music we play, but I never felt it appropriate to detract from the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and all the original great artists with showy costumes, excessive choreography, and flashy stage presentations like some other bands. I believe that is simply disrespectful not only to the original recordings but also to audiences who want to see and hear classy, genuine big band music.”

The approach seems to have paid off for Blue Moon Big Band. In the past 10 years, the group has performed for private and public audiences in Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York. Milestone events for the band include a 2001 feature presentation on National Public Radio’s “Swingin’ Down the Lane”, a standing room only engagement at the Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club in Manhattan later that year, several live and recorded television appearances, and sharing the stage with jazz greats Cyrus Chestnut and Ethel Ennis during a 1998 live television appearance, among others. The band released its fifth CD in December 2007, The Polar Bear’s Pajamas, which received tremendous response and accolades from many of the 60+ radio stations across the United States that have played the orchestra’s music. The band has sold recordings in all 50 U.S. states as well as 10 other countries.

Great Reviews

Ken Jackson, Baltimore radio personality for WYPR 88.1 FM, a National Public Radio station, notes, “It’s one thing for a group of musicians to say they are going to produce a big band CD. It’s quite another thing to do it and do it well. Blue Moon Big Band has pulled it off very nicely with The Polar Bear’s Pajamas.” Adds John Russell of 90.9 FM WDCB in Chicago, “The Polar Bear’s Pajamas is one of those rare recordings that provide an exciting musical treat for both the DJ and the listening public. Each selection features a fresh new arrangement perfect for listening or for dancing.” And Richard Harrison, 90.3 FM KEDM in Monroe, LA, contends, “Music lovers will recognize nearly all the songs. I’ll enjoy each as I play for my personal enjoyment or on my weekly radio show.”

The Upcoming Live CD

Leonard hopes that type of support from radio stations and listeners alike will continue when the band releases its upcoming recording later this year. Presently listed as Blue Moon Big Band Caught in the Act: 10th Anniversary Celebration Live at Naylor Wine Cellars, the sixth CD in the band’s library will comprise several of the band’s tried-and-true songs as well as many debut charts that have recently been added to the Blue Moon Big Band library.

“We’ll be introducing a handful of brand new additions to our repertoire, including songs from the libraries of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, and even Michael Bublé as we continue our effort to provide something for every big band enthusiast in our audience,” says Leonard. “When we record the live CD on July 19 at Naylor Wine Cellars in Stewartstown, PA, we also plan on welcoming back some Blue Moon Big Band alumni from the early years, as well as a few friends who will join us on stage. We’re very excited about the event and the recording, and are very appreciative for the support and partnership of Dick Naylor and his group at Naylor Wine Cellars for helping make this recording a reality.” The band has been performing twice each summer for the past seven years at Naylor Wine Cellars, which boasts a pavilion that covers 500 guests and dancers in addition to the open-air seating for several hundred additional guests. Over the years, Naylor Wine Cellars has been recognized as a great venue for an outdoor dance or concert.

How to Get the New CD Free

Blue Moon Big Band is currently extending offers for pre-ordering of the upcoming Caught in the Act CD, including an offer for audiences and fans to get the new recording free when they join the Blue Moon Club (www.bluemoonbigband.com/bmbbclub.html). Club membership requires a low, one-time fee and includes many benefits such as lifetime free shipping on all Blue Moon Big Band recordings, free registration for the band’s monthly Moonbeams eNewsletter, and the member’s name listed as a member of the Club on both the Blue Moon Big Band website and the actual pull-out booklet or packaging of all future Blue Moon Big Band recordings. Details about Club membership, ordering additional recordings from Blue Moon Big Band, band member profiles, and other information can be found at www.bluemoonbigband.com.

About Blue Moon Big Band

Formed in May 1998, Blue Moon Big Band is an authentic 1940s style swing orchestra specializing in the timeless music of the great American big band era. Performing for audiences throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band has entertained for thousands of guests at large and for as few as several dozen listeners and dancers at more intimate settings. The band has also performed at both live and recorded television and radio events, including a 2001 feature presentation on National Public Radio, and its music has been played on over 60 radio stations across the U.S. Blue Moon Big Band has recorded six CDs, with sales in all 50 U.S. states and 10 international territories. Blue Moon Big Band has worked with some of the area’s top dance instructors, including the 2001 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 information on pricing and availability, contact bandleader Rob Leonard at 410.756.2473 or 301.639.0770. For additional information, visit www.bluemoonbigband.com.

Two-CD Christmas Collection Now Available from Blue Moon Big Band

Two-CD Christmas Collection Now Available from Blue Moon Big Band

– Free shipping for orders received on or before December 5, 2003 –

BALTIMORE, MD – November 1, 2003 – Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band, a 19-piece swing orchestra that specializes in the timeless music of the American swing era, today announced the release of a two-disc set of big band, swing, and jazz Christmas songs. The release, entitled “Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A Swingin’ Christmas Collection from Blue Moon Big Band and Friends” is available on both CD and cassette, and is the fourth recording from the band in five years. The recording boasts a compilation of 31 songs from the full orchestra and its partner jazz ensemble, Li’l Bit of Blue, as well as guest appearances from several area musicians. It is initially available only through the band’s website (www.bluemoonbigband.com), live performances, or at Menchey Music and Sound Works Audio Productions, both located in Hanover, PA. The collection will initially sell for $22 on CD and $15 on cassette, plus shipping. Additionally, the band is extending free shipping for orders received on or before December 5, 2003.

Rob Leonard, bandleader, and founder of Bue Moon Big Band, said, “We are extremely proud of this fourth project. Personally, I’ve wanted to produce a Christmas recording since we started the band in 1998 and now it’s here. The two-disk collection includes 25 songs from the full orchestra as well as 6 cuts from our smaller ensemble, Li’l Bit of Blue. I think the combination gives our listeners variety – everything from swing to big band to jazz and blues – and offers a little something for everyone. And, to add even more excitement to the recording, we’ve been honored to have eight very talented friends join us on ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ – Pat Colgan, Mike Hirsh, Krista Lookenbill, Pat Sheaffer, and Jackie Klunk on vocals and Mark Cook, Clem Ehoff, and Tom Colgan on piano.”

The band already had many of the songs for the recording in its library from Christmas concerts and dances in the past. Leonard, however, had his eye on several titles that he just couldn’t find via the Internet or through the band’s network of U.S. and international associates. So, he contracted three musicians in England who collectively arranged nine of the big band songs on the project. Led by Myles Collins of Lush Life Music (www.lushlifemusic.com), who also arranged songs for the band’s 2001 offering, “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” Jon Harpin and Alan Glasscock contributed to the project. All of the songs recorded by Li’l Bit of Blue were arranged by members of the band.

Free shipping for early orders

Blue Moon Big Band is currently extending free shipping for orders received on or before December 5, 2003, a savings of $4. Orders may be placed via the “Order Stuff” page of the band’s website, or by calling 410.756.2473 or 301.639.0770. A full listing of song titles on the recording is also provided on the website.

Area performances

In conjunction with the release of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” Blue Moon Big Band will be performing “Blue Moon Big Band & Friends: A Swingin’ Christmas Celebration” at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center (www.goepac.com) in Hanover, PA on Sunday, December 21 as well as a big band dance on New Year’s Eve at the newly restored Spanish Ballroom (http://www.wsdc.org/) in Glen Echo, MD.

For information regarding Blue Moon Big Band’s holiday performance schedule, visit the “See Us Swing” page of the band’s website.

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, including a 2001 feature presentation on National Public Radio, 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 all 50 U.S. states and 10 international territories. Blue Moon Big Band has worked with some of the area’s top dance instructors, including the 2001 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. Blue Moon Big Band presently has four recorded CDs. For information on pricing and availability, contact bandleader Rob Leonard at 410.756.2473 or 301.639.0770. For additional information, visit the Blue Moon Big Band website: www.bluemoonbigband.com.

Blue Moon Big Band to Perform at Benefit Event for Bel Air, Maryland Native Jason Marsheck

Blue Moon Big Band to Perform at Benefit Event for Bel Air, Maryland Native Jason Marsheck

– Orchestra’s original guitarist battles Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia at Seattle cancer center –

BALTIMORE, MD – January 24, 2003 – Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band, a 19-piece swing orchestra that specializes in the timeless music of the American swing era, announced today it will provide entertainment for a benefit dance at the Kingsville Fire Hall in Kingsville, Maryland on Saturday, February 15. Proceeds from the event, which begins at 7:00 PM, will be used to help defray medical costs for the band’s original guitarist, Jason Marsheck, a resident of Bel Air, Maryland. Jason is battling Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, which has advanced to lymphoid blast crisis. Treatment is being conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, Washington.

”Jason recently received a bone marrow transplant as his only hope for survival,” said Corinne Marsheck, Jason’s wife. “The transplant was essential to Jason’s chances of beating this life-threatening disease, but as a result of the procedure, his immune system has been completely destroyed from total body radiation and chemotherapy. So, it’s an on-going fight to beat this. Jason’s very strong, though, and he knows that his family and friends are supporting him and praying for him every day. It means a lot to us and our daughter Kiersten that our friends back home care enough to put this dance together to help.”

Medical insurance will not cover all of the extraordinary costs of the donor search, pre-transplant testing, and post-transplant medications for Jason. Moreover, travel and relocation expenses are not covered by insurance. To add to the family’s hardship, Jason has not been able to work for the past two years due to his illness. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center estimates that the expenses not covered by insurance will well exceed $50,000, barring any complications.

Additional support for Jason has been coordinated through the National Transplant Association Fund, a non-profit tax-exempt organization dedicated to providing direct assistance to patients receiving transplants. The Marsheck family has set up the Jason Daniel Marsheck Fund to collect contributions to help offset the financial burden. Tax-deductible donations may be made payable to the NTAF Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, noting Jason Marsheck in the memo field of the check. Contributions should be sent to NTAF Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, 3475 West Chester Pike, Suite 230, Newton Square, PA 19073.

Corinne Marsheck added, “The past three years have been emotionally, physically, and financially challenging for us and for our family. The prayer, support, and encouragement provided by family and friends have meant a great deal to us. I know that Jason has truly been touched by the love and kindness that we see every day.”

About the Jason Marsheck Benefit Event

Tickets for the February 15 event at the Kingsville Fire Hall in Kingsville, Maryland may be purchased by calling Ann Dec at 410.877.9035. Ticket price is $25 each. The event begins at 7:00 PM and is scheduled to conclude at 11:00 PM. Light fare and drinks will be available. Entertainment will be provided by Blue Moon Big Band. Directions to the fire hall may be found on the band’s website, www.bluemoonbigband.com.

About the National Transplant Assistance Fund

NATF is a non-profit tax-exempt organization and can accept check, credit card, or stock contributions via secure online service at www.transplantfund.org or via phone at 800.642.8399. Please be sure to note that the donation is for the Jason Daniel Marsheck Fund. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. NTAF will send an acknowledgment of any contributions of $250.00 or more unless otherwise requested by the contributor. The Fund is administered by the National Transplant Assistance Fund, a 501©3 non-profit tax-exempt organization dedicated to providing direct assistance to the transplant community, and to promote organ donation awareness. For further information, call 800.642.8399. The Fund is located at 3475 West Chester Pike, Suite 230, Newton Square, PA 19073.

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. 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 410.756.2473 or 301.639.0770. For additional information, visit the Blue Moon Big Band website: www.bluemoonbigband.com.

Blue Moon Big Band to make New York City debut!

Blue Moon Big Band to make New York City debut!

– Swing 46 jazz and supper club to showcase Maryland swing orchestra on Saturday, November 2 –

BALTIMORE, MD – September 1, 2002 – Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band, a 19-piece swing orchestra that specializes in the timeless music of the American swing era, announced today that Swing 46, a jazz and supper club located in the theater district of New York City, will provide the setting for the band’s New York debut on Saturday, November 2, 2002.

Judith Lalor, Owner of Swing 46, said, “Hundreds of bands contact us each year, hoping to play at the club, but when Rob sent us Blue Moon’s latest CD and we played it for our patrons, they went wild. Nearly every night we can expect requests to hear some cuts from the Blue Moon CD, ‘Nice Work if You Can Get It.’ The band has a very distinctive and unique edge to its music, from West Coast to East Coast swing and from blues to the ballads. And, of course, they can lay down Lindy Hop the way our dancers like it! We’re really looking forward to seeing the band perform live at the club in November.”

Blue Moon Big Band will travel to New York City on November 2 via charter bus service. Guest seats on the bus, which will be sold on a first-pay basis, will be available at a cost of $45 each. The cost includes round-trip transportation from Timonium, MD to Swing 46 and admission to the club, but does not include food or beverages. Club policy requires a two-drink minimum. Jacket and tie and not required, but jeans and sneakers are not permitted. Guests must be at least 21 years of age. Persons or groups interested in reserving seats on the bus should contact Rob Leonard at 410.756.2473 or 301.639.0770.

Rob Leonard, bandleader of Blue Moon Big Band, said, “The band has performed at some really exciting venues over the past several years, but playing at Swing 46 definitely scores as one of our marquee events to date. It will be great to experience the excitement of a New York audience, the way that Miller, Goodman, and all the original big bands did during the swing era of the early twentieth century. I think most serious musicians dream of playing in the Big Apple, and we consider the invitation from Swing 46 to be an extremely high honor, especially considering all the great bands in the New York area.” Swing 46 is located at 349 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Following a free dance lesson at 9:15 PM, Blue Moon Big Band will provide entertainment for dancing from 10:30 PM until 2:00 AM. Admission to the club is $12 per person. For dinner reservations or additional information, contact Swing 46 at 212.262.9554 or info@swing46.com.

About Swing 46

Swing 46, an intimate supper club setting with romantic balconies for dining and entertainment, is New York’s “ONLY” all Swing dinner dance club, featuring live music every night. The club’s menu has a creative American style, each dish a delicious balance of fresh ingredients from masterful chefs. Swing 46 was recently bestowed with the ZAGAT “Award of Distinction” for fine dining and exceptional entertainment. Swing 46 is your place to DANCE. From Lindy Hop, to a steamy Samba, you’ll feel the groove any night of the week. If you don’t know how to swing dance, or need to brush up on your skills, join us every night for FREE DANCE LESSONS @ 9:15. For more information, visit www.swing46.com or call 212.262.9554.

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 410.756.2473 or 301.639.0770. For additional information, visit the Blue Moon Big Band website: www.bluemoonbigband.com.

National Public Radio show to feature the music of BLUE MOON Big Band

National Public Radio show to feature the music of BLUE MOON Big Band

– David Miller’s “Swingin’ Down the Lane” radio program to profile Baltimore based orchestra in spring 2002 –

BALTIMORE, MD – April 22, 2002 – Maryland-based Blue Moon Big Band, a 19-piece swing orchestra that specializes in the timeless music of the American swing era, announced today that National Public Radio’s “Swingin’ Down the Lane” radio program will feature the band as the showcase entertainer on a one-hour broadcast scheduled to be aired during the week of May 13, 2002. Hosted and produced by David Miller, PhD, the NPR program airs weekly on over 40 stations nationwide. The feature program, “Blue Moon Big Band – Modern Day Swing Orchestra From Maryland,” promises to deliver music from Blue Moon Big Band’s studio and live recordings, as well as interviews with the bandleader and vocalist.

Dr. Miller said, “It was a revelation to find a territory band that’s faithfully carrying on the big band tradition in the 21st Century. I’ve heard plenty of outfits that play the old standards note for note, but the Blue Moon Big Band goes them better, with fresh new arrangements of time-tested classics.” Miller’s “Swingin’ Down the Lane” program first aired in 1983.

Broadcast Dates / Stations Airing the Program

The “Swingin’ Down the Lane” program will be transmitted to a satellite on May 14, and radio stations across the U.S. will typically provide a broadcast within one week, each according to its own schedule. The list of radio stations airing the program can be found on the “Swingin’ Down the Lane” web site, located at www.bigband-era.com. The program featuring Blue Moon Big Band may be heard in streaming audio via the Internet at www.kccu.org on Lawton, Oklahoma-based radio station KCCU (89.3 FM) on Saturday, May 18 at 3:00 PM CT / 4:00 PM ET. After accessing the site, visitors should click on the “Listen Now” button.

Rob Leonard, bandleader and founder of Blue Moon Big Band said, “This is really exciting for the band. We’ve appeared on the program on two other occasions, but never as the headliner. When Dr. Miller learned of the release of our third CD, ‘Nice Work if You Can Get It,’ he asked that I send him a copy. The next thing I knew, we were discussing a feature broadcast to showcase the new CD as well as some material from our earlier recordings.” Born in Baltimore, MD, Rob has been a swing enthusiast since he first began playing trumpet at the age of nine.

Vocalist Teresa Leonard added, “It’s so rewarding and gratifying to share our love of the greatest music ever written. Big band and swing music has made its mark as the most enduring music in history, and it’s great to know that programs like ‘Swingin’ Down the Lane’ are keeping the sound alive and sharing it with today’s new generation of swing music fans.” Fans and listeners of Blue Moon Big Band have likened Teresa’s vocals to the styles of classic performers such as Peggy Lee, Doris Day, and Mary Wells. Teresa is originally from the Philadelphia, PA area.

Blue Moon Big Band first appeared on “Swingin’ Down the Lane” in February 1999, on the third installment of Miller’s “Here and Now” series. Leading off the program with its recording of Gershwin’s “Somebody Loves Me,” Blue Moon was followed by a string of marquee performers including Tony Bennett, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Eddie Reed Big Band, the George Gee Big Band, and others. “Somebody Loves Me” appeared on Blue Moon Big Band’s November 1998 debut recording, “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be.”

In May 1999, Blue Moon made its second appearance on the weekly program with the radio debut of the band’s version of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,” also from its 1998 CD. Other performers on that program included Natalie Cole, The Airmen of Note, The Buddy Morrow Orchestra, Ray Anthony, and the BBC Big Band. In addition to numerous airings on regional radio stations, the band has appeared on several live and pre-recorded television programs. Blue Moon Big Band records under the Sound Works Audio label. Blue Moon Big Band’s newest release, “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” is the band’s third recording in as many years.

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. 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 410.756.2473 or 301.639.0770. For additional information, visit the Blue Moon Big Band website: www.bluemoonbigband.com.