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"Really looking forward to that Big Band Sound under the stars! My daughter shocked me last year by singing along with most of the songs. Who knew???? Even 30 something's love Big Bands!"
~ Denise Lutes, Thomas Sappington House Foundation
The Gateway City Big Band really showed its stuff! With all this musical talent on display, a person really felt at home in the Big Band tradition. One thing for sure; they got rhythm, so you got rhythm too, as was evident with so many in the audience keeping time tapping with hands and feet. It was obvious how everyone was having a good time, from players to audience, thanks to the Gateway City Big Band of St. Louis. They were inspiring and very enjoyable - Come again!"
~ Professor Richard Knudsen
"I want to thank you again for the wonderful concert last Friday night. We had a great crowd and everyone loved it. Please let your fellow members know how much we appreciate your performance. We do hope that you will come back again."
~ Jennifer Judd, East Central College
"Just wanted you to know you've got some of the best sounding clips I've run across. Tight, in sync, and a great sound."
~ Bill Lowden
"We so enjoyed dancing to the band's music last night. We especially enjoyed dancing to "our" song; please share our thanks with John and the rest of the band members. Thanks again for helping to make our anniversary special."
~ Julie & Bill – House Springs, MO
"I heard the band at the Garden and thought you all were wonderful! My wife was going with her girlfriend and talked me into coming down after work – she told me that there was a big band playing. I got there just as you started and I can’t tell you what a great experience it was listening to you play. I think I expected some amateur group, and you guys knocked my socks off!"
~ Dave – St. Louis, MO
"I enjoy receiving your newsletter. I am a drummer who loves the big band sound and has had the privilege of hearing your group play at several gigs. Keep up the great sound!"
~ Don – Centralia, IL
"This summer I had the opportunity to attend the wonderful Birch Creek Summer Music Academy and wanted to thank you for assisting me so that I could have this once in a lifetime chance. With the money you graciously donated I was able to study under some of the greatest players in the entire world including members of the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, the Smithsonian Jazz Band, the Airmen of Note, and even including professors from Eastman, Indiana, DePauw, and Roosevelt. I was also able to play with some of the best high school musicians in the country.
My experience at Birch Creek was very rewarding, and I feel that I left as not only a better musician, but also as a more well-rounded person. I hope you realize the effect your generosity has had on me. Thank you and I look forward to playing with you guys."
~ Ally Hany – Scholarship Recipient
"Thank you for everything last night. The band was fantastic and I know everyone enjoyed it. I would really like to host this type of event again."
~Suzannne Hellebusch – First National Bank of St. Louis
"Thanks - hearing the music yesterday brought back some great memories."
"I would like to extend our thanks to the band for your wonderful performance on Saturday. Your music definitely added to the success of the event. We heard a lot of fabulous compliments regarding the band."
~Dena - Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club
"What a great day last Sunday was! Thank you for your talent, music and especially your warmth of friendship you all expressed to our father."
~Marcia and Melissa
"WOW! What a great way to start out the 2004/2005 season! The Gateway City Big Band was outstanding. The dance floor was full all evening and the vocalists added that special touch to make it a great night of dancing and listening."
~The Great River Jazz Preservation Society