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Is Spring finally here? 

We'' be warming things up at the Watermark 920 on Tuesday, April 19, 7:30-9:30pm. Doors open at 6pm for food and beverages, and best seating. Hope to see everyone there!

Warren's "Retirement" gig 

A great time was had by all on Tuesday, February 16 - We had a great crowd at the Watermark 920, with the band in a great groove. PLUS, we had a fun time paying tribute to Warren VanKampen, TIJO bass-trombonist for MANY years. Warren did a great job on a mellow bass trombone feature (seems like an oxymoron, but he pulled it off!) called "Sweet Loraine" arranged by Dave Wolpe.

The cake looked and tasted great - a nice treat for everyone there. Thanks again Warren for your many years of talent and service keeping "Truth in Jazz" rolling! We'll miss ya!

No, CAN'T leave! 

Tuesday, February 16 - 7:30pm-9:30pm - Waterfront 920
This is our next TIJO performance, but the last one for our bass trombonist, Warren VanKampen. He has some other priorities, and has decided to retire from TIJO. In addition to being a great bass trombonist, Warren has helped out behind the scenes in countless ways, including hauling our equipment, setup duties, among many others! His lovely wife Beverly also pitches in - she is responsible for all the wonderful biographies of the guys shown our our website, as well as helping out with ticket sales at the door. They will be missed!

So, this will be a special TIJO night. We will be featuring Warren with a special number or two, and there will be CAKE to celebrate!

Hope to see everyone there to give Warren a great send off. 

♫ Jazzy January ♫ 

Come on down to the Watermark 920 to catch the smokin' hot jazzers of the Truth In Jazz Orchestra, playing Tuesday the19th of January, 7:30-9:30 PM. We will have a great set of terrific large-ensemble jazz orchestrations performed with large amounts of tight group work, with copious amounts of creativity! :-) AND...some great NEW tunes! Hope to see you there! Bring all your friends! The Watermark room can E X P A N D for more room. 

Full bar and fantastic sandwiches available. :-D

Holiday Jazz at the Watermark 920 - Tuesday Dec 15 7:30 PM 

The TIJO Holiday Jazz event is soon approaching! The guys have all been good this year, and have asked Santa for a great crowd to hear some of the new charts we have been working on. The Watermark 920 bar will be open, and Fatty Lumpkin will be there preparing their great fresh sandwiches. Come early for best seating - doors open at 6pm. $5.00 cover, $2 for students. We'll have a few Christmas holiday jazz tunes in the mix too. Hope to see you there!

First Fall performance this Tuesday! 

We've been working hard on some new charts - ready to give them a try this Tuesday, at the Watermark 920. Come down for a great evening of jazz, with beverages and sandwiches available by our friends, the Watermark 920 and Fatty Lumpkins.

REVISED - TIJO Fall Performance Schedule 

CORRECTION from previous post. We have discovered that the Glenn Miller Orchestra will be performing on October 20, 2015 at the Frauenthal Theater in Muskegon. Since many of our fans may want to attend that event, we have cancelled our October 20 performance. Some of our guys had conflicts the week before or after. So please attend this great event in Muskegon - and catch TIJO's first performance this fall on November 17.

Glenn Miller Orchestra performance information

Revised post follows:
Greetings from the schedulers/gigmasters! We have a few dates set up for this fall, all at the Watermark 920 in Muskegon, MI. Each date has the same time and location: Doors open 6:00pm, Performance from 7:30-9:30pm. Watermark 920, 930 Washington Ave, Muskegon, MI 49441

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

More details to follow. We will send out reminder emails the weekend before each gig - sign up on our main web page. We also announce each performance on facebook. We will be busy working up new music thoughout! :-)


TIJO's St. Patrick's Day Big Band Party 

St. Patrick's Day Big Band Party - Truth In Jazz Orchestra
Watermark 920 (920 Washington Ave.)
03-17-2015 07:30pm - 9:30pm
Come out and get your Irish on with the Truth in Jazz Orchestra! Performing music by Buddy O'Rich and Glenn McMiller will be some of Muskegon's best musicians. Food is available from Fatty Lumpkins and Drip Drop Drink, along with a cash bar. Green beer? Who knows? Come on down anyway and celebrate!
$5/ adults, $2/students


Fronted by West Michigan's legendary drummer, Tim Froncek, this group of 16 of the area's top musicians plays charts from the classic era of the big bands, up to today's best charts from the hottest writers. The band was organized by Dave Collee, Ed Spier, and Matt Lintula, who wanted a group able to play pro-level big band literature, and have fun doing it! We have assembled a great bunch of area musicians who enjoy the challenge of playing great charts in a large ensemble.

Playing a mixture of classic jazz big band pieces from the Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, and other big band libraries, plus some VERY recent charts from Gordon Goodwin and others.

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