Really Terrible Orchestra of Westchester Performance 3:00-3:45
The Dixieland Express Jazz Band Performance 4:00 - 4:45
Reception 4:45 - 5:30
Contact: Les Krasnogor
The Really Terrible Orchestra of Westchester is a not-for-profit ensemble of musical amateurs who do not let rusty skills or fear of success get in the way of philharmonic fun. We are Westchester's splendid substandard symphony!
Since 2009, we have been playing our music at various venues throughout Westchester: libraries, farmers’ markets, shopping malls, parks and senior communities.
Our mission is to share a love of music and the desire to improve our playing while having FUN! We provide a non-judgmental, all-inclusive ambiance for all who wish to have the unique experience of playing in a symphony orchestra under the baton of a professional conductor, Nathaniel Chase.
We are people with all different types of musical experiences. Some played in high school or college. Some are adult beginners who’ve only played a few years and others have not touched their instrument in decades. The members come from all walks of life and include students, people actively working in a variety of careers and retired individuals.
The Dixieland Express Jazz Band is a division of the Really Terrible Orchestra of Westchester. The Band was started 3 years ago by Dr. Norman Weiss who plays the tenor banjo. A Scarsdale psychiatrist who had always wanted to play in a dixieland band, Norm connected with Les Krasnogor (clarinet) and Jeanne Velonis (accordion) at a rehearsal of The Really Terrible Orchestra. Thus, the Band was established as a trio but rapidly grew and now consists of 13 musicians and one vocalist. The group currently includes percussion, an Irish drum (bohdran), saxophone, trumpet, cornet, keyboard, electric guitar, bass guitar, clarinet, two banjos and an accordion.