Dubbed the little band with the big band sound, The Music Men band has been playing nearly 40 years now in clubs and venues here in Central Illinois and the St Louis area. All members of the band have been from the general area of central and south central Illinois and the metro St. Louis area. The music consists of the great standards of the 40s and 50s, swing, latin, waltzes, polkas, jazz, Dixieland, some 50s and 60s rock 'n roll, and a few more modern era songs destined to become classics. The quartet's current lineup features Scott Fischer (from Staunton) on drums and vocals, Bob Boehmke (from Springfield) on Cordovox (keyboard and bass) , Chuck Cunningham (from Peoria) on trumpet, and Gary Moore (from Nokomis) on tenor sax, clarinet, and flute.
St. Michael's OctoberFest, Swansea, Illinois October 4, 2015 1:00 - 4:00P
Garlic Festival, Morrisonville, Illinois October 25, 2015 3:00 - 7:00P
First National Bank of Staunton Christmas Party Crystal Ballroom, Staunton, Illinois December 11, 2015 5:00 - 9:00P
New Years Eve Belleville Moose Lodge, Swansea, Illinois December 31, 2015 8:30P - 12:30A
All times shown above are the time periods the band performs.
SOME SAD NEWS!
The band's long, long run will finally come to an end on New Year's Eve 2015. I have some health problems that are starting to impact my ability to perform. I will be retiring from performing at the end of the year. Please spread the word. All of the dates shown above are open to the public, so if you would like to see and hear the band perform one last time, please try to catch one or more of the shows above.
There will be an admission price for all performances above except The OctoberFest on October 4th. You should make reservations for New Year's Eve, especially if you wish to enjoy the dinner, which is served before the band performs. I'm not positively sure when those tickets go on sale or the price. The phone number at the Moose Lodge is (618) 233-1450. Information for the dance at The Crystal Ballroom can be gotten by contacting the First National Bank of Staunton at (618) 635-2234. Ask to speak with Sharon Waterman. They serve a nice dinner and have some giveaways for the holidays. The OctoberFest performance is outdoors but under a large tent. There is usually plenty of picnic tables set up for seating or you can bring lawn chairs. It is held on the school grounds at St. Michael's Parish in downtown Staunton. Take exit 41 off of Interstate 55 (same exit as for the Crystal Ballroom) into Staunton. You will run right into the festival. It's always a great time and there's great food and drink as well. Make it a full day and come for the band before us (Dunav Tumbaritzans) and stay for the band which follows us (Smash Band from St. Louis). The Garlic Festival is held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Morrisonville, Illinois. The doors usually open at 1:00PM. They serve bagna cauda throughout the day and a great Italian meal later in the afternoon. Drinks can be purchased.
Gary Moore plans to keep his trio playing. Of course, Scott plays drums for Gary, so you'll still be able to catch them. I intend to recommend Gary's band to all of the Music Men employers.