“JAZZ ON THE BEACH FEATURING JAZZ, SWING AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN” WAS A HUGE SUCCESS.
We had continuous music from Noon until 9 PM with the schedule as follows:
- Bill Doyle Group playing Jazz with Don Durkee on keyboard, Greg Weir on sax and flute, Jack Hichborn on bass and Bill Doyle on drums.
- The Dixie Kings featuring Gil Surette on clarinet, Eddie Herson on trombone, trumpet and vocals, Rocky Ray on bass and Bill Doyle on drums, played some good New Orleans Dixieland.
- Quick Time, featuring Lee Quick on keyboard and Sallie Quick on bass and vocals, Barry Kelsey on sax, and Jay Messick on drums with more great jazz.
- E T Swing’s the Thing, featuring Eddie Trester on drums, Ted Tedesco on bass, James Whitfield on sax and vocals and special guest artists Bill Prince on trumpet and Russell George on violin. “Yours truly” Wanda Nord, President was invited to sit in on vocals with her personal favorite “Route 66”. As always, E T Swing was really swinging!.
The evening ended with the fantastic sounds of “The Company” an 8 piece band playing your favorite music from the 60’s to the 80’s. We raffled gift certificates that included a beachfront hotel stay on St. Augustine Beach, lunches and dinners at local restaurants, golf and IMAX tickets, manicures, gift baskets and more. The major prize was an autographed baseball signed by the winning 2000 World Series New York Yankees team and Manager Joe Torre. Value-over $1000. It was donated by my future son in law, Gene Monahan, Yankees Head Trainer (retired). The winner was Pete Darios, co-owner of The Sunset Grill, an avid Yankee Fan and supporter of the St. Augustine Jazz Society. A million thanks to the volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen.
We could not have done it without them SAJS gave away two Scholarships to the Music Camp at University of North Florida. The winners were Jordan Chastain from Creekside High school, who plays guitar and Joe Lietes from Pacetti Middle School who plays trumpet.
We were very pleased with our success so we intend to have another anniversary celebration next year. Eddie Trester is the Chairman of that event. We will keep you posted as the plans progress. We will need good volunteers and Eddie will be setting up committees so let him know where you would like to volunteer.