Great Horned Ukestra

If you play (or used to play) a horn or other woodwind instrument (i.e., trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, clarinet, oboe, flute, piccolo, saxophone of any size (soprano, alto, C-melody, tenor, baritone), French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, Sousaphone, etc., and/or a tenor banjo or a bowed saw, both of which we consider to be honorary horns) and you can play tunes in the key of Concert C, you’ll be sorely disappointed if you leave your horn behind (and we will be disappointed, too!).  Bring it, for goodness sake, and toot your own horn in the Great Horned Ukestra at the week night Old-Time Country Dances!  For the rest of the story, including information about transposed Eb and Bb charts for all the foxtrots and waltzes, click here!

    June Week

  • Sandy Davis

    Sandy has been playing for contra dances for nearly 50 years.  In the 1970’s, he was a founding member of the Roaring Jelly dance band (which is still going strong) and the Common Ground quintet.  Back then, he also played occasionally with Dudley Laufman and the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra.  He subsequently spent over 20 years as the founder and director of two long-standing community contra dance bands, both of which are also still playing for monthly dances:  the Berlin Country Dance Orchestra (Berlin, MA), and Oh, CONTRAire! (Westford, MA).  He has recorded with a number of traditional musicians, including Tony Saletan, Jay Unger, Jerry Robichaud, and Trapezoid.  He has also played for many well-know dance callers, including Dudley Laufman, Ted Sanella, Larry Jenkins, Tony Parkes, Lisa Greenleaf, and Sue Rosen. For the past 20 years, Sandy has enjoyed bringing horns back into the instrumental mix of contra dance bands.  (In the 1940’s and 50s, New England contra dance bands commonly incorporated horns as lead melody instruments.)  He delights in playing traditional dance melodies note-for-note on his saxophone. (more)
     

    August Week I

  • Sandy Davis

    Sandy has been playing for contra dances for nearly 50 years.  In the 1970’s, he was a founding member of the Roaring Jelly dance band (which is still going strong) and the Common Ground quintet.  Back then, he also played occasionally with Dudley Laufman and the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra.  He subsequently spent over 20 years as the founder and director of two long-standing community contra dance bands, both of which are also still playing for monthly dances:  the Berlin Country Dance Orchestra (Berlin, MA), and Oh, CONTRAire! (Westford, MA).  He has recorded with a number of traditional musicians, including Tony Saletan, Jay Unger, Jerry Robichaud, and Trapezoid.  He has also played for many well-know dance callers, including Dudley Laufman, Ted Sanella, Larry Jenkins, Tony Parkes, Lisa Greenleaf, and Sue Rosen. For the past 20 years, Sandy has enjoyed bringing horns back into the instrumental mix of contra dance bands.  (In the 1940’s and 50s, New England contra dance bands commonly incorporated horns as lead melody instruments.)  He delights in playing traditional dance melodies note-for-note on his saxophone. (more)
     

    August Week II

  • Sandy Davis

    Sandy has been playing for contra dances for nearly 50 years.  In the 1970’s, he was a founding member of the Roaring Jelly dance band (which is still going strong) and the Common Ground quintet.  Back then, he also played occasionally with Dudley Laufman and the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra.  He subsequently spent over 20 years as the founder and director of two long-standing community contra dance bands, both of which are also still playing for monthly dances:  the Berlin Country Dance Orchestra (Berlin, MA), and Oh, CONTRAire! (Westford, MA).  He has recorded with a number of traditional musicians, including Tony Saletan, Jay Unger, Jerry Robichaud, and Trapezoid.  He has also played for many well-know dance callers, including Dudley Laufman, Ted Sanella, Larry Jenkins, Tony Parkes, Lisa Greenleaf, and Sue Rosen. For the past 20 years, Sandy has enjoyed bringing horns back into the instrumental mix of contra dance bands.  (In the 1940’s and 50s, New England contra dance bands commonly incorporated horns as lead melody instruments.)  He delights in playing traditional dance melodies note-for-note on his saxophone. (more)