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Former band members are invited to join big band


New Horizons Big Band forms in September

by: COURTESY OF SUZANNE SHORT - MAKING MUSIC AS A DUO - Suzanne Short, who plays the keyboard while Brad Davis plays the trumpet when they perform as a duo, are starting up the New Horizons Big Band in September.Calling all former or current high school or college musicians who play trumpet, trombone, alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, standup bass, jazz piano, drums: You are invited to join the New Horizons Big Band.

Musicians must be able to read music and will pay a nominal fee to cover expenses. In addition, private or small group lessons can be arranged for those who can’t remember how to read music.

Co-founder and director is Brad Davis, local big band leader of the Kansas City Rhythm Kings and trumpet player; the other co-founder is big band keyboard player Suzanne Short, who will be the band manager and keyboard coach.

Their mission to keep big band music alive and available community musicians to play.

The New Horizons Big Band is sponsored by the city of Tualatin, and the band will meet at the Juanita Pohl Community Center, 8513 S.W. Tualatin Road, Tualatin, beginning Sept. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. and every Monday evening after that.

The New Horizons Big Band of Tualatin is a member of the New Horizons International Music Association.

Brochures are available at the Juanita Pohl Community Center; for information or an application form, contact Suzanne Short at 503-705-5905 or HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The director and co-founder of the New Horizons Big Band of Tualatin is Brad Davis, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., who has 35 years of professional experience playing with and leading big bands. His credits include extensive touring and high-profile performances with Lee Castle (Jimmy Dorsey Band), Norman Lee, Eddy Howard, Al Pierson and Roberto Griego.

Brad also played lead trumpet and traveled the world with U.S. Army bands, and he played in Las Vegas for two years. Since relocating to Portland in 1999, Brad has played with many bands and been featured in Vancouver’s Bravo, Pressure Point and Let’s Dance Band besides forming and leading the Kansas City Rhythm Kings Big Band, Bridgetown Big Band, KCR Kings Variety Bands, and Brass at 4. He has been “first call trumpet” to many touring shows playing in Portland, including “The King and I,” “Showboat” and “The Lion King.”

Suzanne Short, co-founder, band manager and keyboard coach, founded the Swing Sensation Band which appears all over Washington and Oregon as a one-to-five-piece band featuring dance music, ballroom dance music and the big band sound. She currently manages all of Brad Davis’ bands in addition to her own. In 2008 she founded the New Horizons Jazz Band in Mesa, Ariz., which is still active today.