Side Street Strutters
Big Band Swingin' & Singin'
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 7:30 pm
Culpeper County High School Auditorium
The Side Street Strutter's with Mel Collins celebrate their 40th
anniversary with Swingin' & Singin'. They've shared their infectious
sound in all 50 states, entertaining guests at Disneyland Resort and
providing music for Disney stage shows such as Moana, Jungle Book,
and Toy Story 4 at Hollywood's famed El Capitan Theater.
In 1983 a group of talented musicians attending Arizona State
University formed a musical ensemble whose artistic focus centered
around the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz. Now, four
decades later, the Side Street Strutters continue to expand their
musical palette to encompass nearly a century of classic American
The Strutters have presented formal concerts, symphony pops
performances and student outreach programs in fifty states, seven
European countries, Canada and Mexico. Their superb musicianship and
award winning orchestrations have earned them national and
international acclaim: NEA awarded fellowships and grants; State
Arts Council Roster Artists; First Place Honors, Breda International
Jazz Competition, Holland; National radio and television
appearances; International Association of Jazz Educators Outstanding
Musicianship Award; appearances at dozens of European and U.S. jazz
festivals, a guest presidential performance, and 13 CD recordings.
All this in addition to having entertained guests at the Disneyland
Resort or 22 years as well as participating in many red carpet
movies premiers for the Walt Disney Company.
In 2000, the ensemble took on the challenge of creating a symphony
pops program and have since shared the stage with major orchestras
including Houston, Rochester, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Pasadena and
San Antonio. In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the Strutters
revisited the roots of jazz with "Back To Bourbon St", a colorful
show embracing the spirit and festiveness of New Orleans. In 2013,
the band unveiled "Shiny Stockings" featuring for the first time the
vocal stylings of Meloney Collins. This popular show combined Ms.
Collin's sassy yet sultry personality and soulful voice with the
Strutters exciting musical arrangements, personable humor and
showmanship, to create a musical theater experience capturing the
essential charm and vibrant energy of the golden age of jazz. In
2017, the Strutters and Mel collaborated once again on "Vinyl Jazz,
A Century Celebration". This historic show offered audiences a
potpourri of jazz, pop and R&B hits that played a significant role
towards the development and enjoyment of American popular music.
In celebration of their 40th anniversary, the Strutters and Ms.
Collins are proud to introduce Swingin' & Singin'. The band got
together and selected their most popular melodies, their most
powerful musical arrangements, the songs that continuously excited
an audience. The best of the best! And, they added some new musical
offerings to create an unforgettable musical theater experience that
captures the essential charm and vibrant energy of Jazz.
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