07/19/13 The Sentimental Journeys recently entertained at Miller’s Senior Living Community in the second of Miller’s Outdoor Summer Concert series. Once again the weather wasn’t co-operative; but the crowd enjoyed the concert which was moved indoors. The twenty-piece band played the hits of the Big Band era and kept the audience dancing in their seats while a few actually danced in the aisle.
Vocalist and spokesperson for the group, Joyce Jones gave a brief history of the band. In 1992 five musicians from Bourbon area decided to form a community band. These people enjoyed music and had played in their high school band. At this point, band member Cody Craig, a senior at Ball State University interjected he was only one year old when the group started. The audience chuckled but Jones used that point to stress the fact that the Sentimental Journeys have no age restrictions. The group welcomes musicians of all ages with their main requirement being a love of the big band sound.
The membership of the Sentimental Journeys has grown in 21 years. They continue to rehearse in the Triton High School band room although many of the members hail from other towns and cities through out northern Indiana. They keep the Big Band sounds alive for all who enjoy the songs of Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman and other big band greats. And they love introducing the younger generation to the genre of big band music as well.
The Miller’s residents and guests enjoyed a nostalgic evening of music including “Moon River”, “Just In Time”, “String of Pearls”, “In The Mood”, “Pennsylvania 6-5000”, “That Old Black Magic” and more. Jones and Heather Carr, both of Rochester provided vocals on several of the songs.
Members of the Sentimental Journeys have full-time professions and perform mostly on evenings and weekends. To book the Sentimental Journeys you may call Steve Weissert at 574-342-3698.
1. Photo Ball State University senior – Cody Craig – carries the saxophone lead in “Blue Champaign” as The Sentimental Journeys perform at Miller’s Senior Living Community.
2. Sentimental Journeys veteran member – Tom Rensler – lends his trumpet expertise to “Sugar Blues” during a concert at Miller’s Senior Living Community.