The Ray Birely Orchestra

Musical Director

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Mr. Rocky Birely

The Musicians

  The Ray Birely Big Band was founded by the late Ray Birely in the early 1960's. Members come from a variety of backgrounds including, but not limited to, degreed instrumental music instructors, name band musicians, and active and retired U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors and U.S. Navy Commodores. The band has been under the direction of Ray's son, Rocky, since 1994.  


Saxophone 

Rocky Birely, Darryl Brenzel, Bret Crawford, Rick Fontaine, Kevin Lewis, Lou Luzzi, Vince Norman, Ed Smarsh, Jim Snively, Susan Summers, Anita Thomas, Lydia Vickers 


Trumpets

Clay Beard, John Brye, Mike Davis, Dennis Fraley, Joel Guyton, Adam Hanlin, Bill Hicks, Scott Holbert, Don Junker, Jeff Mussolino, Dale Orris, Gil Rathel, Steve Richwine, Skip Stine, Ray Strucker


Trombones 

Mike Buckley, Brian Hinkley, Tom Maestri, Kris Nigh, Kurt Nigh, Eric Plum, Keith Smith, Tom Whitman 


Rhythm Guitar:

Tony Suranno 


Bass: 

Cyndi Elliot, Ralph Gordon, Arnie Helmick, Lou Hinds, Chris Koski, Anita Thomas, Dan Zarcone 


Piano

Bob Boguslaw, Tom Colgan, Jordan Clawson, Bob Larson, Mike Maher, Vince Norman, Jon Ozment


Drums:

Duane McNairn, Dan White, Paul Wilson 


Vocalists: Connie Guy and Harry Haines
 

Sound: Steve Christiano, Barrett Irons, Frank Lolli

Song LIst

  Swing 

April in Paris 

Bandstand 

Boogie Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy 

C Jam Blues 

How High the Moon 

In the Mood 

Jump, Jive 'n' Wail 

Little Brown Jug 

Pennsylvania 6-5000 

Satin Doll 

A String of Pearls 

Shiny Stockings 

Sweet Georgia Brown 

Two O'clock Jump 

Woodchoppers Ball 

You Make Me Feel So Young 


Ballads 

Deep Purple 

Embraceable You 

I'm Gettin Sentimental 

I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face I've Never Been in Love Before 

Laura 

Moonlight Serenade

Pennies from Heaven 

Stardust 

Who Can I Turn To 


Latin 

The Days of Wine and Roses 

The Girl from Ipanema 

Just a Little Cha Cha 

Meditation 

Tea for Two   


Waltzes 

Emily Im Waltzertempo 

Merry Widow Waltz 

Waltz Medley - Edelweiss - Around the World - Moon River 


Polkas 

Peanuts 


Vocals 

All of Me 

All The Way 

Almost Like Being in Love 

Alright, Okay, 

You Win 

Blue Skies 

Christmas Favorites 

Don't Get Around Much Anymore Fever 

Fly Me to the Moon 

Georgia on My Mind 

I've Got You Under My Skin 

The Lady is a Tramp 

New York, New York 

Over the Rainbow 

On the Sunnyside of the Street Orange Colored Sky 

Skylark 

Stormy Weather 

Unforgettable 

When I Fall in Love 

Witchcraft 

You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You