All Aboard! Join us as we take a Sentimental Journey through the 1940’s with Joseph Rubin
directing a 15-piece Big Band Orchestra. We’ll be traveling back to the heyday of the era with
tunes from Glenn Miller, Ted Lewis, Benny Goodman, and our own famous bandleader and
trumpeter, Clyde McCoy.
Clyde McCoy started his musical career at the age of nine on the trombone in our hometown.
He later mastered his golden trumpet and developed a unique, muted “wah-wah” style which
was widely copied, but never equaled. In 1930, he introduced his theme song, Sugar Blues.
That record sold over a million copies. McCoy never forgot his Portsmouth roots and returned
to perform here no less than six times between 1933 and 1942. You won’t want to miss this
exciting “living history” concert celebrating the centennial of Clyde McCoy’s first band.