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

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DATE: November 19, 2012
CONTACT: Jennifer Smith, Special Events Manager
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation
Offices in Newton & Phillipsburg, NJ & Milford PA.
PHONE: 973-383-0115
TOLL FREE: 800-882-1117
FAX: 973-383-6889

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Somers Dream Orchestra Presents: The Big Band Holiday Concert – The Tradition Continues

Newton, NJ – November 19, 2012 – The Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be the venue for the Somers Dream Orchestra’s The Big Band Holiday – The Tradition Continues on Saturday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the SCCC Box Office at 973-300-3171 or Proceeds from this concert will benefit Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and the SCCC Foundation.

Guests attending The Big Band Holiday Concert will be swept away on a holiday musical tour featuring The Somers Dream Orchestra led by John Somers, and highlighted by vocal sensation, Keaton Douglas. Somers Dream Orchestra, is a high-energy 18-piece Big Band from New Jersey, and blends 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.

Entertaining and having FUN with music is the message the Somers Dream Orchestra proudly delivers at every performance! The 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!

“This year’s Big Band Holiday Concert represents the 21st annual Holiday Traditions event in this area and our partnership with Sussex County Community College is a perfect way to bring the community together in celebration with festive music and to kick-off the joyful season,” stated Dr. Roxanne Debski-Seigel, Director of Marketing and Advancement for Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation. For the fifth year The New Jersey Herald is at the helm as the major event sponsor, additional sponsorship support provided by Lakeland Bank.

The proceeds from this annual event are divided equally between Hospice and the SCCC Foundation. The SCCC Foundation proceeds support student scholarships. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice will utilize event proceeds to support the future of hospice and be used to help build the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice – the next project to assist hospice families and their loved ones. The home is to be built on 9+ acres in Fredon that displays magnificent views and will provide a complete continuum of hospice care in a serene pastoral surrounding with a homelike atmosphere.

Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill and Bereavement for those who have lost loved ones. Serving North and Northwest NJ and the Pike County area PA. The locations are Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Avenue, Suite 2A-2, Milford, PA. For programs, events, and more information visit To reach the Sussex County Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center located at 61 Spring St, Newton, NJ you may call directly at 973-940-0413. The center is open to anyone who is suffering a loss from the death of a loved one. To reach any of our services, call 800-882-1117.

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. Please check their website for a complete list of performances or call the SCCC Office of the Foundation at 973-300-2121 and ask to have a season brochure sent to you.


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