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Can you believe it's already November  This year flown by!  Once again we are booked 'til the end of the year. GREAT NEWS!!  November 4th we will be presenting another great concert "Jackie Marston & the Dale Burke Quarter" at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC.  Featuring vocalist Jackie Marston & the Dale Burke Quartet. Quartet musicians include: Dale Burke, Piano & Trumpet & Vocals; Joe DiPrima, Guitar; Ethan Burkhardt, Bass & Sonny Thornton on Drums. Program begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale at:, $18 adults, $9 students.  Wine reception following the concert. You don't want to miss this performance!  Would love to see you there. 

Here's a little info about Jackie:

Singer/songwriter Jackie Marston has performed on stages throughout the United States and Canada.  She has opened for some of the biggest names in show business, Frank Sinatra, George Carlin, Paul Anka, Bill Cosby & Kenny Rogers in the main show rooms in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.  Her original material has been heard on movie soundtracks and documentaries.  Having worked as a voice over artist in Manhattan, her voice can be heard on several national commercials, and as narrator for the Encyclopedia Britannica’s CD Rom of Science and Technology.  She appeared in NYC nightclubs, including showcases at Don’t Tell Mama’s, and opened The Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, with jazz pianist Mike Jones.

Cascades-Verdae Retirement Community has kept us hopping all year!  The residents there are super, up beat folks and we love being there.  Dale has built the choir to 46 strong & growing.  We do concerts 4 times a year.  This is in addition to playing for the many other activities held during the year.  We are truly blessed to call these folks friends, they are our family away from family!

Summit Hills Retirement Community here in Spartanburg  has us play for some of their special events.  We have also started a choir there & our second concert is coming up on December 6th.  Such a joy to work with them & Jan, who is great to work with.

I will leave Dale's Bio on this page a little longer just in case some of you haven't had a chance to check it out.

Many of you have been asking about Dale’s back ground & professional experiences. Questions like: “Who has Dale worked with?” “What bands has he played with?” Who are some of the known personalities he has worked with?”

Well, Dale isn’t one to ‘drop names’ or talk about who he has worked with unless he is talking about a specify event.  He really feels – “It’s not what you did yesterday, but what can you do today!” 

So-o-o, I decided I would interview him & list some of the Bands & personalities with whom he has performed.

 I’ll start by saying he began his professional career at the age of 14, educated in Detroit & Chicago.  While serving in the Army, stationed in Panama with the Army Band, he completed his education with a Master Degree from the University of Panama.  His thesis was to write a 4 part composition complete with strings (“Para Ya Nos Vamos”{“Ode to Eve”}) which the Symphony of Panama performed.

The Bands & Orchestras listed below are not in any specify order but will certainly give you an idea of the ‘exciting’ life and musical career Dale has lead. 

Gene Krupa Band                            Tito Puente Band

Jimmy Dorsey Band                          Teddy Phillips Orchestra

Harry James Orchestra                    Ray McKinney & the Glenn Miller Orchestra

Guy Lombardo Orchestra                Bob Crosby & the Bob Cats

Sammy Kay Band                              Ralph Martiere Band

Glenn Miller Band                            Panama Francis & the Savoy Sultans

Tex Beneke Band                            Skinny Ennis Orchestra

Jack Fina Orchestra                         Shep Fields Champagne Orchestra

Leyton Noble Orchestra (LA)          Henry King Orchestra 

Toured with:  The Dinah Shore Road Show; Myron Florin (Lawrence Welk Show)  

Appeared on:  Johnny Carson Tonight Show; Andy Williams Show;  Liberace Show; Mike Douglas Show

 Performed at Arthur Godfrey’s Ski Resort; New York Road Show of “Guys & Dolls”.

Musical Director at:  Las Vegas Hilton; Foster Brooks; Mills Brothers; Langford Hotel, Winter Park, FL; “Viva les Divas”, Greenville, SC

Musical Director & arranger for the Christian Musical “Noah” & the Ark, whose premiere performance was held in Chicago.

National Consultant for UCC (United Church of Christ) – writing & conducting for all National Events around the Country.

Director & Arranger for the Maitland “Pops” Orchestra & Chorus; Central FL “Pops” Orchestra; FL Sunshine Orchestra; FL Music Force (22pc Jazz Orchestra); Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble; Cascades-Verdae Chorale, Greenville,SC.

Arranger for:  Las Vegas Hilton; NBC Tonight Show; Langford Hotel, Winter Park, FL

Minister of Music at Calvary Assembly of God Church, Orlando, FL conducting & writing for a 48 pc Orchestra & 200 plus voice Choir.

Among his many groups was/is the “Chesterfield Sextet” & “Brothers” (Both were Jazz vocal quartets); “Blue Notes”(Jazz quartet); Saint Louis Jazz (8 pc band); Dale Burke Orchestra (16-18 pc); “SassaBrass 5” (Brass quintet).

Moving on to personalities Dale has written for or performed with:

Bill Crosby                 Foster Brooks           Gladys Knight                       Sarah Vaughn

Johnny Desmond      Beverly Sills              Al Martino                              Diana Shore

Eddie Fisher              Fran Warren              Roberta Flack                        Arthur Godfrey         

Burl Ives                    Tallulah Bankhead   Joseph Cotton                      Rudy Valley

Jerry Vale                   Roberta Peters         Buddy Creco                         Eddie Peabody

Phyllis Diller              Shari Lewis                Vaughn Monroe                    Edgar Bergman

Perry Como               Gary Merrell              John Myers                            Red Fox

Joey Lewis                 Sophie Tucker          Myron Cohen                           Molly B          

Tennessee Ernie Ford                                June Taylor Dancers

Dale has written a Trumpet ‘How to’ book currently used in some Universities today.; “Basics of Improv” book, Several Vocal & Jazz Instrumental Books; 100’s of original compositions; arrangements for clients around the world.  Several of his original composition CD’s are listed on  Plus we maintain his website:

 Dale has traveled to Germany, Canada, Central & South America, as well as the entire United States entertaining in Night Clubs, Theatres & Events.   He has also conducted various workshops & Clinics.

 Well, that’s a glimpse into Dale’s career history, at least all he could remember!   Many stories & memories go along with this 70 year musical career – But that’s the rest of the story!!!

Today, at 85, he still writes, arranges, performs, conducts & records and has no plans of slowing down!      

 Photo below is a picture of the last performance at Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC, featuring Jackie & the Dale Burke Quartet.


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