Black Sheep Dixieland Band Concert

Date: June 1, 2017
  • Carter Park
  • Leominster, MA
  • 978-401-5156

Presented By: Town of Leominster

Black Sheep Jazz Band is a family oriented Dixieland Band, perfect for a party at your house, a Mardi Gras Festival, political rally, clam bake, patriotic parade or jazz concert. We play mostly Dixie Land and Traditional Jazz reminiscent of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, the wonderful jazz of New Orleans had a terrible setback, but that made us all the more determined to preserve this music and get it out in the public for all generations to hear. This early jazz is part of our American history and must not be lost or forgotten. All ages swing, sing and dance to the beat of this lively band. When we play for a parade, we ride on a trailer pulled by a truck. There are generally five musicians in the band, but some gigs require eight and some have only the Lou and Jan Duo. We are often asked “Where did you get the name for the band?” Pappy Boyington, World War II veteran, has always been one of Lou Borelli’s favorite heroes. Pappy flew with an American volunteer group “The Flying Tigers” and he later commanded the famous U.S. Marine Corps squadron, VMF-214 (The Black Sheep Squadron). Boyington was awarded the Navy Cross and the Medal of Honor by the United States Marine Corps. He led rather an unconventional life and Lou was always fascinated by this incredible man. He always wanted to have a band named in Pappy’s honor, so when he started a Dixieland Band, “Black Sheep” became its name.

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