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The New Remnants Dance Orchestra



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The New Remnants Dance Orchestra offers a variety of entertainment options steeped in the Big Band tradition. Quality ensembles in a variety of sizes are available from the roaring 17-piece Big Band with unparalleled vocalist Dick Mackey in command, to the intimate octet. Their recipe for a fresh and exciting big band sound has always been authentic charts, a swinging rhythm section and hot jazz. The New Remnants Dance Orchestra has set the standard of Big Band excellence.


The New Remnants Dance Orchestra was formed in 1983 as a campus bar rehearsal band. From these humble beginnings, the Orchestra graduated to perform for many of Ohio’s premiere events. The New Remnants Dance Orchestra has entertained thousands at a variety of venues including club dates, weddings, trust funds, benefits, and galas.


The New Remnants Dance Orchestra describes their sound in the words of Duke Ellington, "Reminiscing in Tempo"; they feature beautiful melodies from Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and of course Duke; combining them with the energy of Louis Jordan, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, making your event one of elegance and fun!


The Standard Ensemble is made up of 13 professional musicians. Educated in Central Ohio, these performers are known nationwide and have traveled with many name acts such as:


Carmen Cavallero

Midwest All-Stars

Maynard Ferguson

Diane Schuur

Henry Questa

Gene May Orchestra

Guy Lombardo Orchestra

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Benny Goodman Band


The New Remnants Dance Orchestra proudly features Ohio’s finest musicians:

Saxophones - Don Gallahue, Byron Rooker, Errol Schlabach, Artie Silva, Jim Staten

Trumpets - Jim Garee, John Harner, Ben Huntoon, Phil Winnard

Rhythm Section - Terry Douds, Jim Rupp, John Ulrich

Vocals - Dick Mackey



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The Octet