For nearly four decades, the Freese Brothers Big Band has kept the sounds of Swing and classic Big Band music alive — entertaining audiences throughout the region and raising scholarship funds for a new generation of talented musicians.
Formed in 1982 by Jack, Bill, George and Courtland Freese, the band has performed on scenic bandstands from Wolfeboro to New Boston; in elegant theaters in Concord, Claremont, Rochester and Manchester; and even at New Hampshire’s grand White Mountain hotels.
The four Freese brothers began playing music in a family troupe in the 1930s. Their musical enthusiasm and community spirit continue to be the band’s driving force. Members volunteer their time and talent and donate band performance fees to the Freese Brothers Big Band Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund has awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships to enable talented young musicians to enhance their musical ability.
The 20-member band offers a lively program that incorporates the classic sounds of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, the Dorsey Brothers and Glenn Miller, with more contemporary tunes specially arranged for Big Band performances.
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