• This event has passed.

« Back to Events

Compaq Big Band w/Ed Scheer at the Cochecho Arts Festival

Rotary Arts Pavilion
1 Henry Law Ave
Dover, NH 03820

As part of our great Summer 2022 10-concert run the Compaq Big Band is supremely delighted to make our debut at the Cochecho Arts Festival in Dover, New Hampshire on Friday July 8th. We’re especially honored to be selected to kick off the 36th year of this great music and arts extravaganza presented by the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce. This is a FREE outdoor concert, open to all – just bring a blanket and/or lawn chair.

The show runs 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park, smack dab in the heart of downtown Dover, NH – One Washington Street. In case of rain, the concert moves indoors to nearby Dover High School, located at 25 Alumni Drive – any venue change posted the afternoon of at https://www.facebook.com/greaterdoverchamber.

Dover is an amazing New England community, with a small town-yet-sophisticated vibe, quaint shops, galleries, and a selection of cool establishments within a 10-minute walk at which to grab sustenance and libation before and/or after the concert. Check out the entire schedule for the Cochecho Arts Festival at https://www.dovernh.org/cochecho-arts-festival.

We’re beyond happy to have with us as our vocalist that evening ‘Band’s Best Friend’ Ed Scheer from Boston’s ‘The Love Dogs’. Ed’s rarin’ to cut loose with a bunch o’ Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Louie Jordan, Michael Buble, plus original ‘The Love Dogs’ tunes arranged for full big band by our very own Scott Tringali, and more!

And, we’ll be doing some absolutely smokin’ instrumentals, too. Like… Maynard Ferguson’s “Birdland” arranged by Nick Lane and “Gonna Fly Now” updated by Callum Au. Gordon Goodwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue”. Tom Kubis’ “Caravan” featuring our killer bass trombonist Ed Goroza on the big horn. Just too much fun to pack into two hours!

Check out www.compaqbigband.com and www.thelovedogs.com, and Like us both on Facebook!

As is the case whenever they perform, the Compaq Big Band will be featuring a complete, honest, REAL big band configuration of 18 instrumentalists (17 is THE modern big band standard) – no compromises.

And as is also the case wherever they go, the band will be bringing their state-of-the-art traveling sound system and professional mixing technician, integrating with the arts festival’s sound vendor setup. Listeners will love the clarity of the sound throughout the venue, as well as the band’s absolute passion for professional technical support details.

In the last few decades, the Compaq Big Band has risen to prominence throughout New England as one of the most accomplished full-size big bands in the region, featuring a cookin’ rhythm section and 14 horns that achieve an ultra-tight sound, with terrific instrumental soloists. To complement this high-powered ensemble, they showcase a rotation of talented jazz vocalists, carry a comprehensive, modern sound reinforcement infrastructure and experienced, full-time sound engineer, and are ultra-focused on unmatched big band production quality.

The Compaq Big Band’s ‘book’ is one of the best in the Northeast. While they’re faithful to traditional Swing Era classics, they really dig their chops into challenging swing and jazz arrangements played by the most approachable yet progressive big bands of the last four decades. They’re busy year-round, performing at commercial/nonprofit/collegiate swing dances, as well as fundraisers, celebrations, theaters, jazz clubs, multi-jazz band nights at area high schools, arts festivals, outdoor summer concerts, and more.