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Jim Wonnacott
Music Director



Larry Patch Paciorek
Managing Director & CFO
216-524-BAND



Ron Davis
Marketing Director
216-244-0646

Board of Directors
Ron Davis
Don Day
Doug Day

George Ellis
Joe Trzcinski
Jim Wonnacott

To make a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
donation, please
make your check
payable to:

CLEVELAND TOPS
SWINGBAND FOUNDATION

mail to:

PO Box 31666
Cleveland, OH 44131

Our first studio CD
"Feelin' Young Again"

is still available. Click the CD cover above to hear some samples.



Our second CD,
"Accentuate The Positive"
is still available.
Click on the
CD cover above to
hear some samples.




 

Jim Wonnacott
Music Director

TOPS BAND PERSONNEL

SAXOPHONES
Ken Mehalko
Mark DiSanto
Larry Patch
Buddy Sullivan
Larry Patrick

TRUMPETS
Jim Wonnacott
Joe Trzcinski
Mark Hentosh
Jim Anastasi

TROMBONES
Bruce Lehtinen
Ralph Joseph
George Ellis
Gary Twining

RHYTHM
Doug Day, piano
Don Day, bass
Bob McKee, drums

VOCALISTS
Ron Davis

Larry Patch
Ruth Griebel

SUPER SUBS
Anthony Anastasi, trumpet
Phil Brice, trombone
Jack Brndiar, trumpet
Frank Cosenza, trumpet
Bill Currier, drums
Don T. Day, bass
Doug Day, bass/tbn

Brian Dorr, bass
Mike Fisher, trumpet
Alan Gleghorn, bass
Larry Herman, trumpet
Bruce Koscheck, sax
Tim Keehn, trombone
Dave Markle, piano
Bob Pattie, sax

Eric Rowles, trombone
Dave Sterner, sax
Erik Svoboda, trumpet
Karl Zahtilla, sax




Our third CD,
"Time After Time " is now available. Click on the CD cover above for samples.



Our fourth CD,
"Another Just For You"
is now available.

Click on the CD cover above
for samples.

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The
CLEVELAND T
ough Old ProS
SWINGBAND

has it's roots in a concert at the A. M. McGregor Home in 2003, one of many such events created and directed by a retired-but then-still-active Cleveland musical legend, Vince Patti. Vince brought together a seventeen-piece big band of mostly retired professional musicians, Cleveland area all-stars really, with varied solid credentials, from dance bands to theater pit orchestras and the Cleveland Orchestra. It was a huge success both for the elderly audience and their helpers but also for the musicians who, almost to a man, ended the concert almost unwillingly...they talked about how there should be more chances to get together and be a part of the great experience such a band of "pros" provides. And so now, after some time, ruminating, wishing, thought, procrastination and effort, comes our new band. Our focus is on three ideas:

1. We intend to serve that huge audience of people who remember and love the great fun and excitement that only a fine big band, playing the great, familiar repertoire, can provide.

2. Just rehearsing and playing together is a source of musical joy that can only be found in a big band where all the players can really SWING in the wonderful traditional sense!

3. We need to generate enough income to cover expenses.

The principal originators: Dick Wooley, Trombone, Arranger and Music Director Emeritus. Dick came to Cleveland in the 1950's as a music teacher in the Shaker Heights schools and band director at the then Case Tech. A player, arranger and conductor, he became a composer/producer of music for broadcast commercials (think "Patio Enclosures"), TV and films. He spent several years creating music for Sea World's shows and exhibits. He was a long-term fixture in Cleveland theater orchestra pits and recently resumed playing trombone after a twenty-five year health-induced "intermission." He stepped down as Music Director and CEO on July 10, 2012.


Joe Trzcinski,
Lead trumpet and personnel director, has an impressive list of accomplishments as a working musician and trumpet teacher. His earliest professional experience was with the band at West Point, continued in Cleveland at Musicarnival, Front Row (lead trumpet and musician contractor), various area bands and tours with the Liberace Orchestra.

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Contacts:
Jim Wonnacott: E-mail Jim
Ron Davis: 216-244-0646 E-mail Ron
Larry Patch: 216-524-BAND
E-mail Larry

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