The Sammy Kaye Orchestra aboard the American Queen Steamboat


The Sammy Kaye Orchestra lives up to the traditions of the big band era with sixteen musicians, including two vocalists, rendering selections from 50 years of Sammy Kaye Orchestra hits, as well as paying tribute to Sammy Kaye friends Glen Miller and Benny Goodman. Now under the direction of Roger Thorpe, the Sammy Kaye Orchestra will take big band lovers on a trip down memory lane with classics such as "Daddy", "It Isn't Fair" and "Harbor Lights." Another highlight is the fun filled feature "So You Want To Lead A Band", (originated by Sammy during the big band era), when four members of the audience are invited to compete for the title of "The Best Band Leader." Director Roger Thorpe, recently inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame, was a three-time winner on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour at age 14, and played trumpet with many of the big bands before becoming a college professor. Thorpe met Sammy Kaye in 1972, and they developed a close relationship, with Kaye the "Maestro" confidently passing on the leadership of his Swing and Sway Orchestra to Roger Thorpe in 1986.

The Sammy Kaye Orchestra
115 Guilford School Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone (845) 255-1944