From the Register-Mail:
Bob Clark has been playing clarinet and tenor saxophone with the Rootabaga Jammers since 1979, and since 2002, he has been the leader of this local big band.
â€œI front the band; I pretend Iâ€™m Benny Goodman,â€ he said.
The Rootabaga Jammers were founded in 1979 by piano player Mona Tourlentes, who retired in May 2008 but still lives in the area. Five saxophones, a handful of trombones and trumpets, piano, bass, drums and a singer or two have kept the band going for more than three decades.
The bandâ€™s next concert is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at The Kensington.
â€œI wanted to start the band because I had a jazz group that I was teaching,â€ Jammersâ€™ founder Tourlentes said. â€œI thought if they had an actual band and could play, then they would probably be more interested.â€
Tourlentes, who has known how to play piano since the second grade, said some of the members from her jazz group are still playing in the band today.
â€œItâ€™s been a pretty popular band,â€ Tourlentes said.