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Tole Los Angeles freelance and studio trombonist.
trombonist Gary Tole of Legends
of Swing will replace Larry O'Brian as leader of the
Glenn Miller Orchestra effective the first of 2011.
explains one part of Gary Toles stellar career as a trombonist,
band-leader and educator. In a family of dedicated musicians, his
calling was more or less a fait accompli. Destiny, however, doesnt
account for any musicians continued success in a very challenging
and capricious business. Gary is certain his good fortune can be
credited to the humble philosophy held and taught by his parents:
in short, Keep your eye on the ball. Since he is a baseball
fanatic as well as an A-list musician, the advice was easily understood.
Gary was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA. After attended Duquesne
University, Gary traveled on the road for four years playing first
trombone with the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Jimmy Henderson.
In 1978, Tole made his permanent residence in Southern California.
Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Gary was hired to play first
trombone with the Harry James Orchestra and performed on Harrys
last recording. Another great opportunity opened and Gary was now
performing with the Les Brown Band of Renown and recording television
shows with legendary entertainer Bob Hope. On stage as well as recording,
Garys smooth but dynamic style placed him in constant demand
with such stars as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald,
Sarah Vaughn, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters,
Kenny Rogers, Rita Moreno, Melissa Manchester, James Ingram, Peter
Cetera, and Phil Collins. He has been seen and heard on numerous
television programs backing great performers such as Diana Ross,
Sammy Davis, Pia Zadora, Sheena Easton, Peabo Bryson, The Pointer
Sisters, and many more. Gary has also spent numerous hours in the
recording studios doing record sessions, TV film, jingles, and major
motion picture sound tracks.
Gary has had a long and illustrious career in the big band world
including performances with the orchestras of Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy
Dorsey, Ray McKinley, Tex Beneke, Stan Kenton, Ray Anthony, Benny
Goodman, Xavier Cugat, Woody Herman, Louis Bellson, Bill Holman,
Bob Florence, Buddy Childers.... .and many more.
In addition to trombone, Gary also plays bass trombone and euphonium.
As an active clinician for Yamaha, Gary participates in music education
programs as a judge for jazz festivals, band and orchestra festivals,
private teaching of the low brass instruments, and traveled throughout
the country conducting various clinics.
Having a sharp eye for perfection, in 1984, Gary started his own
entertainment production company Gary Tole Music Productions, Inc.
From weddings of Hollywoods elite to fund raisers at LAs
top hotels to corporate events internationally, Gary Tole has done
it all. Gary has accomplished what seems economically and socially
impossible in the new century also: his own sixteen piece ensemble,
Legends of Swing, has become one of the worlds most sought
after Big Bands, in heavy demand nationally and internationally
for its white-hot tributes to icons like Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton,
The Dorsey Brothers and Benny Goodman. In 2007, Legends of Swing
released its second recording, the multiple-Grammy nominated One
Kettle For Count (Summit), award categories of Best Large Jazz Ensemble
Album, Best Instrumental Composition, and Best Instrumental Arrangement
Being known and recognized for his accomplishments and high standards,
beginning in January of 2011, Gary Tole will be the next leader
and director of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.
has once again put his experience into the limelight of success
with the conception of the
LEGENDS OF SWING ORCHESTRA. "Keeping Tradition Alive"
GARY TOLE MUSIC PRODUCTIONS, INC.
112 Harvard Avenue Suite 351
Claremont, CA 91711
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