Somers Dream Orchestra Presents: The Big Band Holiday—The Tradition Continues

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DATE: December 4, 2009
CONTACT: Dr. Roxanne Debski- Seigel
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation
PHONE: 973-383-0115 FAX 973-383-6889


A somers Dream OrchestraPHOTO: A Somers Dream Orchestra

Somers Dream Orchestra Presents: The Big Band Holiday—The Tradition Continues

Proceeds to Benefit Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and the Foundation for Sussex County Community College

Newton, NJ –December 4, 2009-The Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be the scene for The Big Band Holiday Concert, featuring The Somers Dream Orchestra. There will be three shows this year, held Saturday, December 12th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 13th at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25 and can be purchased through the SCCC Box Office. Please call them at 973-300-3171 for hours of operation or purchase on-line at Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and the SCCC Foundation.

The Big Band Holiday—The Tradition Continues concert, presented by Somers Dream Orchestra, a high-energy, 18-piece Big Band from New Jersey, will blend the talents of their professional musicians with those of local student choral groups. Featured at this year’s performances will be choirs from Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Saturday at the 2p.m. show, Newton High School, at the 7p.m. show and the Halsted Middle School on Sunday at the 3p.m. show…. Plus other holiday surprises.

“This concert this year represents the 19th annual Holiday Traditions event in the area and the partnership with the Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College is a perfect setting to bring the community together. The festive music of this joyful season holds so many moving memories for all of us.” said Dr. Roxanne Debski-Seigel, Director of Marketing and Advancement for Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation.

The Somers Dream Orchestra, was born in 1995, the dream of its leader, trumpeter and founder, John M. Somers of Matawan, NJ. John handpicked all the musicians based on three criteria: personality, musicianship and their love for music! The musicians were then asked to purchase their respective seats from the Parent Corporation, T.G. Entertainment, Ltd. making this orchestra possibly the only corporately owned Big Band in the nation! Somers Dream Orchestra was catapulted to national prominence by their critically acclaimed CD, “A Mid-Somers Night Dream,” where the orchestra performs the best of classic and contemporary swing in their own inimitable fresh and exciting style!

The proceeds from the concert go to benefit Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice’s terminally ill patients in need, and for student scholarships, awarded twice a year from The Foundation for Sussex County Community College.

The sponsors and supporters help make it all possible and this year include the New Jersey Herald as the major event sponsor, Lakeland Bank, Ronetco Supermarkets, Inc., Caritisita, Kulsar & Wade, PA, Hinkley Auto Sales, Casagrande USA, Bristol Glen, JC Grill and WSUS, Chelbus Cleaning, and Baker’s Pharmacy.

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is fully accredited by the New Jersey Department of Health as a certified Medicare and Medicaid Hospice, accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), and a member of the NJ Hospice Organization and the National Hospice Organization. They provide hospice services to residents in Northern NJ, and Pike County, PA with three offices located in Newton, Phillipsburg, NJ and Milford, PA. You may reach them for any information on hospice care by calling 800-882-1117 or visiting their website at

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) at SCCC opened in 2008 and has become the flagship theater in Northwest New Jersey presenting a diverse showcase of dance, comedy, opera, contemporary and classical music, international and supernatural shows and inspired student performances.

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