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Goodbye and Thank You!!!

The following may be referred to as the Moonlight Jazz Swan song−Or is it Swing song? . . . Either way, it is with heavy hearts and much contemplation that we announce the official retirement of Rockford’s very own big band; the original, often imitated but never duplicated, Moonlight Jazz Orchestra. After 42 years and thousands of performances in the Stateline area, we've decided to end this wild ride on a high note.

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Dan Southard

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Born and raised in Rockford. Graduated from Harlem High School in 1972.
Lead trumpet with many area big bands. Over the years.
Moonlight Jazz, All that Jazz, Jack Farina Big band.
Jazz Players Big band, Johnny Kay Orchestra, Madison Jazz Orchestra. Al Chase Big Band.
Various shows around northern Ill and southern Wis.
Trumpet for former Elvis impersonator Johnny Spence.
Guest artist at the western slope jazz festival In Grand Junction Colorado

Year Started: 
1 984
Instrument: 
Trumpet