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South Jackson Street Band to headline annual Ice Cream Social

Posted on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 8:30 am


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.


South Jackson Street Band members include, front row, from left, saxophonists Jim Fitzgerald, Will Carter, Scott Young (all of Tullahoma) and Jonanna Hammer (Winchester) and substitute drummer John Jordan (Tullahoma). In the second row are trombonists Jim Sabia (Woodbury), Allen Johnson (Tullahoma), Jeff Amacher (Winchester) and Tyler McElroy (Tullahoma). The third row includes trum-pet players Greg Winter (Tullahoma), Mike Chilcutt and Kenny Kamanoes (both from McMinnville) and Clinton Vincent (Winchester), keyboardist Judith Roney (McMinnville), guitarist Thomas Breece (Lynchburg) and bassist Charlie Hickerson (Tullahoma), drummer Joe Reavis (Rockvale), substitute drummer John Jordan (Tullahoma) and vocalists Peggy Burton (Tullahoma) and Jerry Anderson (Win-chester). Not pictured are trombonist Thomas Chesnut (Shelbyville), baritone sax player Josh Edlin (Huntland) and drummer Rick Lee (Tullahoma).
—Staff Photos by Philip J. Lorenz III

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

South Jackson Street Band’s vocalist Peggy Burton and Jerry Anderson practice for the upcoming Ice Cream Social at the South Jackson Civic Center.

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 band will perform at the annual Ice Cream Social, scheduled for 7:30-10 p.m. on Thursday at South Jackson Civic Center. Band members from left are Thomas Breese, Joe Reavis and Charlie Hickerson.

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.


Upcoming performances

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 perabur@mindspring.com.