December 12, 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the most legendary musical performers in history. Frank Sinatra arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey, and at 13 1/2 pounds, he was a big thing from the start. Unforgettable Big Band paid tribute to the man and his music with one of our most ambitious performances ever. Sinatra Centennial played for two sold out audiences on December 11 and 12 at York Little Theatre, featuring many of the signature songs Sinatra was known for. Douglas Knight joined the band to serve as host and emcee for the gala event, as Jim Scofield delivered smooth vocal performances that captured the Sinatra vibe.
Musical director Tom McLaughlin produced the show, and scripted the narration, which guided listeners through the years and presented background on the 20 song program, which featured the musical arrangements Sinatra performed, as penned by Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Billy Byers, Quincy Jones, and more. Assistant director Lindy Mack's talents were also on display with outstanding adaptation and transcription of several program selections to match the instrumentation and strengths of the Unforgettable Big Band.
Unforgettable Big Band performs "My Way" during the Sinatra Centennial tribute at York Little Theatre
The Rotary Club of York, also celebrating their 100th anniversary, served as presenting sponsor for the gala celebration. Joining them as supporting sponsors were the Gladfelter Insurance Group, Financial Advisory Group, Brown's Orchard and Farm Market, Dr. and Mrs. Sam Laucks and Atty. David Laucks, and Lindy and Vicki Mack. Additional financial support was provided by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered by the Cultural Alliance of York County.
Unforgettable Big Band thanks all of our sponsors, as well as York Little Theatre, and the area community for the outstanding support for our tribute to the Chairman of the Board.