October 25, 2013
The music of one of America's great arrangers, Sammy Nestico, will be performed on the San Jacinto Campus, 1499 N. State Street, by the Mt. San Jacinto College Golden Eagle Big Bands. The bands, under the direction of Bob Waner, will be performing a matinee concert on Sunday, November 3rd, beginning at 2:00 pm in the campus theater.
Born in 1924, Sammy Nestico began his career at the age of 17 as the staff arranger for ABC radio station WCAE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He later attended Duquesne University, receiving his B.S. degree in music education. As an educator he directed the music programs at Westinghouse Memorial High School in Pennsylvania, Pierce College in Los Angeles, and the University of Georgia.
Nestico joined the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. as staff arranger and subsequently became leader of the famous Airmen of Note. He then enlisted with the United States Marine Band in Washington, serving as chief arranger and director of the White House Orchestra during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
Between 1970 and 1984, Sammy was the composer/arranger for the Count Basie Orchestra. He directed the recording of ten albums of original music - four of which received Grammy awards.
Joining the Golden Eagle Bands will be outstanding vocal stylist Jeanne Huber, who will perform "All the Way", "The Lady is a Tramp", and other favorites.
Tickets for this special Sammy Nestico tribute concert are available now by calling the MSJC Box Office at 951 487-3790.
Prices are $6 for general admission, $5 seniors, $4 students and under 18 free.
Reservations are suggested.