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On Monday, September 28, 2015, I attended a performance by the Wintergarten Orchestra at the Monarch Tavern. (click on any photo to see a larger version)

The orchestra’s music style is a tribute to the music of the Weimar Republic and Prohibition era from the 1920s and 1930s. The bandleader is Bill Beecroft, who plays the trombone.

bandleader Bill Beecroft, trombone

bandleader Bill Beecroft, trombone

Wintergarten is an unusual ensemble that puts the sounds of violins, piano, drums, guitar, banjo, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone together. Along with these instruments, the band has two vocalists: Ted Atherton and Tanya Wills.

Ted Atherton acts as the frontman for the group and introduces each song. Some songs are just instrumental pieces and others have Ted and/or Tanya singing along with the band.

Ted Atherton, vocals

Ted Atherton, vocals

The cast of the ensemble changes from time to time, but here are the band members from the performance that I attended:

Tanya Wills, vocals

Tanya Wills, vocals

Valerie Sylvester, violin

Valerie Sylvester, violin

Jane Woods, violin

Jane Woods, violin

Jordan Klapman, piano

Jordan Klapman, piano

Jen Stephen, tuba

Jen Stephen, tuba

Bruce Philp, drums

Bruce Philp, drums

Bill Bridges, guitar/banjo

Bill Bridges, guitar/banjo

John MacMurchy, clarinte/saxophone

John MacMurchy, clarinet/saxophone

Sandy Barter, trumpet

Sandy Barter, trumpet

band leader Bill Beecroft, trombone

bandleader Bill Beecroft, trombone

Watch my video of Ted Atherton singing “Cheek To Cheek.”

The band played many old songs like “What Is This Thing Called Love,” “Happy Feet,” “Cheek To Cheek,” and “Alabama Stomp” to name but a few.

The Wintergarten Orchestra has published a CD containing 12 wonderful songs. You can purchase a copy at any performance of the orchestra. Check their Facebook page for details on their upcoming performances.

Wintergarten CD cover

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