FARMINGTON – The Bellamy Jazz Band has been together for 30 years, playing New Orleans jazz and swing, entertaining audiences with its sounds and upbeat, humorous style. At 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 27, the band will perform in Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Bellamy is returning for its eighth concert in Farmington over the last 17 years.

Making up the band are Dana Fisher on cornet, trumpet, and fluglehorn; Frank Vigneau on keyboard; Bill “Mr. T” Thurston on drums; Dave De Bree on tenor and vocals; Bill Manduca on hard-driving trombone and vocals; Pete Lord on soprano sax and tenor sax; and Peter Dunphy on banjo and tenor guitar and vocals. Also in the band this year is Al Doane, on bass, who started playing a four-string guitar at age 4 and who has played in the bands of Bobby Hacket, Gene Kruppa and Johnny Smith.

The Bellamy Jazz Band aims to entertain. Where else these days can you hear a valve/slide trombone trade fours with a soprano sax, a cornet and mouth trumpet dog-fight, a four string guitar solo or “Saints” with a ScoobyDoo chorus?

The band plays a loose jammin’ Chicago-style jazz ranging from Preservation Hall to pre-historic swing, jazz ballads, dance-hall tunes and just a hint now and then that they’ve heard rock ‘n’ roll.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens; free for children 16 and under. (No advance sale of tickets.) For more information, call 645-2157.


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