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
Larry Patch Paciorek
Buddy Sullivan
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 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 second studio CD
"Accentuate The Positive "

is still available. Song samples are to the left.

 


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The
CLEVELAND
T
ough Old ProS
SWINGBAND

Our second studio CD is the result of the remarkable success our Cleveland TOPS Swingband has enjoyed durnig our first year. We've expanded our library of fresh arrangements of great old songs, entertained over thirty senior audiences, released our first CD Feelin' Young Again, made our first TV appearance and earned the respect and support of many generous individual sponsors and foundations, and are having more fun than any of us AARP-qualified musicians could have ever imagined!

And so we dedicate Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive to the memory of our emeritus music director Vince Patti, to all those who have so generously accepted and supported us and to our hopes for continued fulfillmemt of our mission-Classic Big Band Music for Seniors by Seniors.

You can have one (or more) CDs sent directly to your home or business. Click here to order. (They make GREAT GIFTS). While you are waiting for your CDs to arrive, you can click on the samples below to hear a little of what YOUR CD will sound like. Six selections on the CD are represented.

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Have a problem hearing the songs? E-mail webmaster.

SONG SAMPLES

1. How High The Moon. All big bands had "hot" numbers they played for jitterbugs and for their own pleasure. This was one!

2. It Had To Be You. Ruth Griebel is our wintertime "chanteuse" when Betsy Guy heads south for the winter. Here she puts her stamp on this Gershwin classic.

3. Accentuate The Positive. The title track for the CD is a demand that the listener get aboard for some lightening up...some fun...and remember when great songs took us up, up, and away! Ron Davis, vocal. Buddy Sullivan, tenor sax.

4. Night and Day. Many singers have memorable versions of this Cole Porter classic. Here is Larry Patch with his version of a Dick Wooley arrangement.

5. Give Me The Simple Life. An upbeat anthem for all us elders. The vocal is by Betsy Guy.

6. Love For Sale Buddy Sullivan, the class act of jazz tenor sax, gives a clean, tasteful rendition of the big band classic "hot tune."

Note: All arrangements for this CD are by Dick Wooley except Sweet Georgia Brown, My Funny Valentine, 'S Wonderful, All Right-OK, and The Nearness Of You.

Contacts:

Jim Wonnacott: E-mail Jim

Ron Davis: 216-244-0646 E-mail Ron

Joe Trzcinski: 216-932-3228