Big Band Swing music

March 1, 2016
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360_swing notesThey don’t rehearse and they’ll appearance different every time you see them, nevertheless move Notes has a lengthy reputation for making songs in Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

On Friday they’ll perform at “Sip, Swing and Support for the Community, ” a benefit for Twin County United Method at Lindsay Creek Vineyards in Lewiston.

The 18-piece swing band started in 1999, stated founder Doug McIntosh, but it has its own origins in Gentlemen of Note, a local swing musical organization that has been popular through the 1960s. Through that time, there was a good jazz music existence inside valley while the group would play 10 to 15 times a-year. McIntosh joined them periodically; he filled in on trumpet for the first time when he was at junior high. In the long run, but the band’s popularity faded as well as its figures dwindled.

Then in 1999, McIntosh obtained an accumulation sheet music that had belonged to Kenny Howell, owner of Howell’s Music Center in Lewiston. With the brand-new resource, McIntosh began the musical organization back-up utilizing both previous members of Gentlemen of Note and brand new people, largely recruited through regional music instructors. The musical organization plays two times per year, typically for community events or advantages.

While its sound and tracks might be familiar to swing aficionados, the musical organization has its own fair share of unusual attributes, such as the ever-changing lineup of its users.

“we don’t think I’ve ever played a gig with similar individuals, ” McIntosh said.

With 18 places to fill with no one’s livelihood on the line, it’s unavoidable that perhaps the regulars have actually missed an overall performance or higher over the past 16 many years. Up to now, that’s maybe not been problematic. Undoubtedly some body understands someone who has the musical chops and inclination to try out. Friday’s tv show will include musicians from Moscow, Coeur d’Alene and Seattle.

Besides, the revolving members are part of the fun, McIntosh said, noting the network of performers features resulted in some surprising skill with a remarkable past, including those people who have played in nationally recognized orchestras and touring teams.

“The talent that’s there's simply amazing, ” McIntosh stated.

And has now become, as the musicians need show up willing to play — that’s another of band’s secrets.

“In the last decade, we'ven’t really had a rehearsal, ” McIntosh stated.

Meaning band people need read the songs that’s place in front of them, which McIntosh chooses predicated on that is playing. The typical program includes jazz criteria like “In the Mood” and “String of Pearls, ” alongside more recent tracks. With sheet music for over 500 tracks, there are many choices.

When McIntosh, co-owner of Lindsay Creek Vineyards, was asked to-be an honorary co-chair the United Way’s campaign this present year along with his spouse, Brenda, and bro Art McIntosh and his spouse, Michelle, combining swing songs and wine seemed only natural.

The event includes light hors d’oeuvres, wine and dance, utilizing the Swing records playing from 7 to 9 p.m. and a DJ stepping in until 11 p.m.


WHAT: Sip, Swing and help for our Community:

WHENEVER: 7 p.m. Friday

WHEREIN: Lindsay Creek Vineyards, 3107 Powers Ave., Lewiston

PRICE: $35/person, should be 21 or older, admission includes one complimentary drink. Tickets can be found at Twin County United Method or Lindsay Creek Vineyards or online at

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