The Boynton Beach Veterans Council remembered V-J Day with a free concert and dance, a Salute To Glenn Miller featuring music by the seven-piece Ted Knight Orchestra. The event, held at the city's civic center, was attended by more than 100 people.
The evening began with a memorial presentation ceremony.
Piper George Shannon played for a color guard, and later played Amazing Grace in honor of those who died in World War II. Soprano Evelyn Catarella sang the national anthem and the wartime favorite The White Cliffs of Dover. Guest vocalist Johnny Christi led the singing of God Bless America.
Veteran local news anchor Jim Sackett made a special appearance to accept a collection from the audience for Hurricane Katrina relief, and spoke about the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri sixty years earlier.
To conclude the ceremony, the band played a medley of George M. Cohan tunes, the crowd singing along to Yankee Doodle Dandy, and You're a Grand Old Flag. Click images to enlarge.
When Ted cued trumpeter Dave Gibble to hit the opening notes of String of Pearls, dancers took to the floor.
Little Brown Jug, In the Mood, and Tuxedo Junction were on the program, and Ted's smooth vocal on Moonlight Cocktails made for a romantic moment. Drummer Sy Pryweller was featured on St. Louis Blues March.
Ted enjoyed choosing a Miller Medley, which fans will remember were four songs in a familiar pattern. "Something old" that was already old by the 1940s? Makin' Whoopee. Something new? And All That Jazz from the 1970s show, Chicago. Something borrowed? Choo Choo Ch'Boogie from Louis Jordan. For something blue, Night Train feaztured jazz solos by everyone on board.
Saxophonists Paul Magersuppe and Randy Emerick are longtime members of Ted's band. Paul played a gorgeous alto solo on Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me, and traded licks with Randy on In the Mood. Randy's baritone sax solo on Stardust was a tremendous hit with dancers.
Couples enjoyed the ballads just as much as the swing and jump tunes. Ted was glad to hear people say they had enjoyed the band of his late father, Vic Knight, and that his dad would be proud.
Bad weather forced postponement of the original concert date, to be an outdoor event on the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge and Glenn Miller's disappearance. The re-scheduled event came off without a hitch on September 1, 2005. Ted said he was glad the event could be held in the air-conditioned comfort of the civic center, complete with stage and dance floor.