Philip J. Lorenz III
Peggy Burton, the South Jackson Street Band’s primary coordinator and female vocalist, enjoys sharing the band’s history, repertoire, the band member’s diverse skills and litany of notable past performances.
A musical history
Burton said the band was founded in the early 1970s by the late Bob Carter of Tullahoma.
“Since that time, the band has built its reputation from quality performance, outstanding musicianship, and extensive repertoire,” she said. “This band takes big band music and moves it into the present millennium.
“They play the hits of yesterday as well as the popular hits of today, from swing to rock and including all styles of ballroom dancing. This group will satisfy your every whim.”
Burton said that from its very beginning, the band has championed the “big band” art form and has revived the joy and excitement of the bygone era.
She added the musicians have a strong foundation in their specific instruments with an intense desire to share their music with their audiences.
About the band
The band features five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, keyboard, guitar, percussion, bass and female and male vocalists.
The band’s repertoire includes more than 400 songs, ranging from the sounds of Glen Miller and Artie Shaw orchestras to the contemporary artistry of Gillespie, Elton John, The Beatles and Billy Joel.
“Our mission is to keep this music viable in today’s world,” Burton said.
Ice Cream Social
The South Jackson Street Band’s next scheduled event is the annual Ice Cream Social, scheduled from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday at the South Jackson Civic Center.
Along with music, attendees will enjoy freshly prepared gelato by Cassy Grow with Legacy Creamery.
This will be Grow’s third ice cream social event. She will be serving tasty flavors such as brown sugar butter pecan, coffee chocolate crunch, watermelon, lemon, piña colada, cookies and cream, caramel brownie, Lucky Charms, chocolate jack and vanilla.
All proceeds from the sale of Grow’s gelato will go to the Eli Grow Legacy Foundation, established in memory of Grow’s son, Eli. Eli, a Tullahoma High School senior was killed on a two-vehicle crash on Highway 41-A in 2016.
Days after the accident, the Grow family established a memorial fund to help improve the athletic facilities at Tullahoma High School, something that Eli was passionate about. That fund eventually became the foundation and all funds generated by the nonprofit organization are dedicated to building a new, multiuse sports facility on the THS campus.
The historic Mitchell Museum will be open during along with the display of the flags of the 13 colonies.
In case of rain, the ice cream social event will move into Warren Auditorium.
Tickets are $10 and available online, in the office or at the event. Call 931-455-5321 for additional information for the July 13 event. The center is located at 404 South Jackson St. in Tullahoma.
On Jan. 21, 2018, the band will perform on the South Jackson Civic Center’s stage.
The South Jackson Street Band will then perform on Jan. 27, 2018 at the Park Theater in McMinnville. For additional information about this event, call 931-506-2787.
On Feb. 10, 2018, the band be the entertainment at the annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. For additional information on this event, call 931-389-0223.
The band invites dancers of all levels and ages to take the floor during performances and dance will they perform.
Dance styles include swing, fox trot, rumba, tango, two-step, waltz, polka, cha-cha, samba and salsa.
For more information about the band, contact Peggy Burton at 455-8325 or via email at email@example.com.