The Emerald City Swing Orchestra is a 20-piece jazz band with an extensive musical library that features classic music from the Big Band era, such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich, along with contemporary artists like Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sade and Carlos Santana, as well as vocal songs of classic jazz singers like Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Nat Cole and Michael Buble.
The Emerald City Swing Orchestra provides musical entertainment to the Dublin and Central Ohio communities, while endeavoring to contribute to the preservation of the quintessential American art form: big band music. We showcase the original big band form that represented popular music in the era before, during, and after the Second World War, as well as several variations that have evolved in the decades since.
The Emerald City Swing Orchestra has an extensive library of ballroom dance music and performs the last Friday of every month at the Emerald City Ballroom in Dublin. (Find more information about the next Live Dance Night here!)
The Emerald City Swing Orchestra is proud to present a concert series featuring our friend, Columbus native and current Santa Clara, California trumpeter and big band leader Ed Morrison. With Ed, we are paying tribute to the big bands of Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Arturo Sandoval, and Wayne Bergeron. These artists and their bands were essential in rejuvenating big band music following the end of the big band era after World War II. These are the bands that several members of ECSO cut their teeth on as young aspiring musicians in the 1960’s and 1970’s. We have presented two installments in the series. Watch this space for information about our next performance in this series.
Tom Carr, Director
Tom is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He has been a resident of Dublin since 1993. His son, Christopher, and daughter, Cassandra, both graduated from Dublin Coffman High School and participated in Coffman’s music programs. While they were in school, Tom served for three years as Treasurer of Dublin Music Boosters. A trumpet player, Tom has played in several bands in Central Ohio.
Tom graduated from Columbus West High School and earned a B. S. degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Since 2006, he has been the Principal of CCT Enterprises, engaged in business consulting and real estate development. In addition to serving on the boards of for-profit businesses in Central Ohio, Tom has also served on the boards of other not-for-profit arts organizations, including The Moving Arts Company and Dublin’s community theater company, Emerald City Players (ECP). Through ECP, Tom produced several concerts and variety shows at the Abbey Theatre at Dublin Community Recreation Center. Tom and the ECSO also presented a series of public swing dances in Dublin. The Emerald City Swing Orchestra performs for private events, in concert with Dublin school bands, and at charity events such as the Cancer Walk Life Event in Dublin.
In 2012, among other appearances, ECSO performed at multiple Dublin schools, at Dublin Independence Day parade, at the Dublin Slainte Event, and presented a two-night concert series at the Abbey Theater. In 2013, ECSO performed a two-set concert at the Garden Theater in the Columbus Short North area, and was selected to be on the bill with Chicago at the Dublin Independence Day celebration, as they have for the 2014 July 4th celebration with Earth, Wind, and Fire.