The Do Good Swing Band, a 17-piece Big Band exactly like those made popular in the 1930s and 40s, has just released its first CD, “Introducing…The Do Good Swing Band,” it was announced by Donald R. Goodness, director and lead trumpet.
“We’re thrilled to be releasing our first CD,” Goodness said. “It features 12 songs from the Swing Era that represent the wide range of bands and styles we recreate—everything from driving swing to samba. The CD is available for $15 each in Oswego at: the rivers end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St.; Midstate Music, 264 W. 2ndSt.; and at A & J Music, 104 E. Bridge St. In addition, we’ll have copies available for sale at all our performances.”
“The band has become well known throughout Central New York (CNY) and we’ve developed a wonderful following for our authentic swing-era music. For many folks, we’ve brought back warm, wonderful memories of the first time they danced to Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, and so many others from that era.
“We’ve got an abundantly talented and outstanding group of musicians who have also played with the Syracuse Symphony, for cruise lines, and in groups accompanying headline entertainment at the New York State Fair. Several are music instructors in local school districts and one is a recording artist who has won at least two Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMYs).”
Musicians on the CD are: Redd Swindells, Dave LaValli, Tom Sococcio, Christine Stewart and Warren Blanchard on saxophone; Don Goodness, Joe Henneberry, and Jeff Madison on trumpet; Stan Gosek, piano; Carl Lovell, guitar; Pete Sanborn, Joe Catania, Steve Chirello, and Clifford Crain on trombone; Matt Vacanti, bass; and Tom McGrath, drums.
The CD was recorded at Tyler Hall, SUNY Oswego, by Emmett VanSlyke for Black Lagoon Productions, Goodness said. Chauncey Willard Bennett IV assisted him with mixing, mastering, and production at Black Lagoon Productions, Syracuse.
In addition to playing RSVP dances since the band was started in Sept. 2006, they have performed at the 2007 Harborfest with special guest Jan Eberle, daughter of Glen Miller Orchestra vocalist Ray Eberle. They’ve also played at the Great Pumpkin Festival in Oswego, A Titanic Affair fundraiser for the H. Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen’s 2012 inaugural, Dancing With Our Stars at the Syracuse OnCenter, and the Fulton Jazz Festival .
The band’s next performance is from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Tues., June 19, at the River Walk Concert Stage in Oswego on behalf of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
Goodness comes from a family of musicians and he has been playing trumpet professionally since age 11. He was a former U.S. Army band member and has taught as a music educator in area public and parochial schools. He
also serves as supervisor of student teachers for SUNY Potstdam’s Crane School of Music and as director of the New Horizons Band.
Swing enthusiasts can hear and see video clips of the band at the Do Good web site: www.dogoodswingband.com For further information, contact Linda or Don Goodness at [email protected] or (315) 343-1176.