A Tribute to Count Basie by the Western Hemisphere Orchestra and the Western Hemisphere Voices.

Western Hemisphere Voices soloists pay tribute to the many stars, like Frank Sinatra, that sang with Count Basie and his orchestra.
Western Hemisphere Voices soloists pay tribute to the many stars, like Frank Sinatra, that sang with Count Basie and his orchestra.

The Western Hemisphere Orchestra is one of our many ensembles here on campus, this one specifically focuses on jazz arrangements and composers.

Every four years, the Western Hemisphere Orchestra pays tribute to one of the great swing artists of the 50’s swing era. Count Basie won the first Grammy for Best Jazz Performance at the first Grammy awards ever! This year was the fifth year in the cycle, the delay due to a tribute concert for the passing of another great artist last year.

With this event being every four years, I’m grateful I found out about this my freshman year of college so I might be able to catch their next tribute concert my senior year!

I loved all the energy that came from the orchestra and their director, it made me want to get up and dance! The director did mention at one point that it was alright to get up and dance but no one else seemed to want to dance!

Count Basie would be proud!
Count Basie would be proud!

By Gabrielle Boyle

One comment on “A Tribute to Count Basie by the Western Hemisphere Orchestra and the Western Hemisphere Voices.”

  1. I recently had the pleasure of hosting the WHO Orchestra at my casino in Las Vegas. WOW, What a show! The amount of talent and energy that these kids have is amazing. I only wish that my big name performers had half the passion and drive that each and everyone of these young stars posses. These students represented Western Oregon University with prestige at all times. It was an honor…
    -Jim Boggs, Primm Valley Resorts

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