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Although we play American popular songs from the 1920’s through the 1960’s, our sound is much different from that of the original groups. In the 1930’s and 40’s, the lead melody instruments were often saxes, brass, or piano. Of course, the big swing or jazz bands were much larger than 5 pieces. And in the 1950’s and 60’s, the rock and roll bands featured vocalists with guitars and percussion. Our flute sound is unique!

Here are some short MP3 samples of our sound, recorded live in performance. [In order to hear the full sound, including the big flutes and the bass notes, we recommend that you listen with headphones and bypass the small speaker built into most computers.]


Here are some of the songs we play. Most people in our audiences recognize the song melodies, and some can sing the words and recall the titles. Even if the titles below don’t jog your memory, hearing us play the songs will!

1910’s
The Darktown Strutters’ Ball
Tiger Rag
The World is Waiting for the Sunrise

1920’s
Tea for Two
Sweet Georgia Brown
Limehouse Blues
Blue Skies
Star Dust
Honeysuckle Rose
Stumbling
Toot, Toot, Tootsie!
Linger Awhile
Swingin’ Down the Lane
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
I’m Sitting on Top of the World
Heart of My Heart
Singin’ in the Rain
Whispering
When the Red, Red, Robin Comes
   Bob, Bob, Bobbin Along

1930’s
Moonlight Serenade
In the Mood
It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t
       Got That Swing
The Lady is a Tramp
Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
Mood Indigo
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Sophisticated Lady
It Happened in Monterey
The Waltz You Saved for Me
Good Night Sweetheart
Sweet and Lovely
Temptation
Deep Purple
I’m In the Mood for Love
Stairway to the Stars
Stompin’ at the Savoy
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Night and Day
So Rare
That Old Feeling
And the Angels Sing
Pick Yourself Up
The Way You Look Tonight
Begin the Beguine
It's DeLovely
It's Only a Paper Moon
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
They Can't Take That
         Away From Me
Up a Lazy River
My Funny Valentine
I've Got the World on a String
I Can't Get Started

1940’s
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Take the ‘A’ Train
Moonlight in Vermont
Autumn Leaves
The Last Time I Saw Paris
A String of Pearls
Sentimental Journey
Mockin’ Bird Hill
I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
Midnight Sun
Tenderly
Shangri-La
Oklahoma Medley
World War II Medley
Tangerine
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Skylark
St. Louis Blues March
There's No Business Like Show Business
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
That Old Black Magic
Java Jive
I'm Beginning to See the Light
Twilight Time
Accentuate the Positive
Jersey Bounce
On the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe

1950’s
Satin Doll
Misty
It’s All Right With Me
When I Fall in Love
Rockin’ Robin
Fly Me to the Moon
The Loveliest Night of the Year
Little Brown Jug
Release Me
Taking a Chance on Love
Love is a Many-Spendored Thing
Tammy
All Shook Up
Mr. Sandman
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
Love and Marriage
How High the Moon
The Sound of Music-Medley
It Might As Well Be Spring
On the Street Where You Live
Magic Moments
True Love
Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity, Boom)
Papa Loves Mambo
Rock Around the Clock

1960’s
Sunny
The Green Leaves of Summer
Girl From Ipanema
Bluesette
Big Spender
The Shadow of Your Smile
Never on Sunday
Aquarius
Happy Heart
Put a Little Love in Your Heart
Moon River
Call Me Irresponsible
Can't Buy Me Love
People
Penny Lane
Tijuana Taxi

Between 1932 and the mid-1950's prolific songwriters, working in challenging global conditions, wrote most of the popular American Christmas songs still sung today.

Here Comes Santa Claus
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Deck the Halls... (swing style)
Winter Wonderland
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Angels We Have Heard on High (50's style)

Jingle Bells... (swing style)
Jolly Ol’ St. Nick...(rock style)
Silver Bells
Frosty
Jingle Bell Rock
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Sleigh Ride
White Christmas
Holly, Jolly Christmas
Let It Snow
Mistletoe and Holly
Up on the Housetop (rock style)
The Christmas Waltz

 

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