Big Band Returns to Camden Opera House for Mother’s Day Brenda Bonneville, editor May 2, 2017 (Camden, ME) The Hal McIntyre Orchestra, a 14-piece big band fondly termed “The Band America Loves,” will return to the Camden Opera House on Sunday, May 14 at 3:00 pm for a special Mother’s Day concert. Last year the orchestra performed the songs of Peggy Lee along with many other old favorites…this year the master himself – Frank Sinatra and his music will be highlighted. The band tours New England and the U.S. playing all the beloved swing and big band tunes of the 1930’s and 40’s including Take the A Train, Let’s Fall in Love, Begin the Beguine and Sentimental Journey , which was Hal’s first million seller recording. So take your mom out to brunch and then to the Camden Opera House for a really special Mother’s Day. More Hal McIntyre and His Orchestra Hal McIntyre played with Benny Goodman and was a founding member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, before starting his own big band. Hal McIntryre was an American saxophonist, clarinetist and as a long -time member of the Glenn Miller orchestra he is credited with the now famous “Glenn Miller Sound”. Under the suggestion of Miller and with Miller’s financial assistance, Hal formed his own group. The band officially opened at The Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York in 1941. They played many major venues throughout the country including New York’s Commodore Hotel, Hollywood’s Palladium Ballroom and Chicago’s Sherman Hotel as well as overseas for our troops during World War II. The band also played President Roosevelt’s birthday party year after year. The band’s first major hit was “Sentimental Journey” followed by ” The Commando’s Serenade,” both million sellers followed again by ” The Glow Worm ” with The Mills Brothers. The band appeared in four Hollywood movies and McIntyre was featured as an actor in many Glenn Miller Movies. Fondly known as ” The Band All-America Loves,” The Hal McIntyre Orchestra toured worldwide and appeared many times on The Jackie Gleason TV show. When McIntyre passed away suddenly in Hollywood, CA in the late 1950’s, his son, Hal Jr. took over and kept then band going until he also passed away. Long time drummer Don Pentleton was asked by the McIntyre estate to continue the tradition, in which he does today. “We have had so many requests for music from these eras” said Kerry Hadley,Opera House Manager. “And when this orchestra was here last year, everyone in attendance immediately said ‘please have them back!’ We just had a full house for a doo wop show – I think we all long for simpler times full of good clean fun and memories.” Steve Marvin Vocalist The current tour is a tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra and the performance will feature a tribute to Frank Sinatra by vocalist Steve Marvin. Mr. Marvin is one of America’s leading Sinatra vocalists and truly captures the essence of the Sinatra style, attitude and stage presence. Ticket Information Reserved seating tickets are $28 for adults and $12 for those 16 and under. Purchase tickets by calling (207) 536-5850, going online to www.camdenoperahouse.com, at the Camden Town Office (no fees) Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (29 Elm Street in Camden, Maine), or at the door beginning one hour before showtime. For general information on the concert, please call the Opera House management office at (207)236-7963. The Camden Opera House is located at 29 Elm Street in Camden, Maine.