Tonight Show ties to East Texas

This weekend I had the great pleasure of attending a performance by Doc Severinsen, the longtime bandleader of NBC’s Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

The East Texas Symphony Orchestra brought him to Caldwell Auditorium for a concert with his band, The San Miguel Five. They were phenomenal! As a fellow trumpeter, hearing his high notes in person was a long-time goal fulfilled. The wails from his trumpet were as loud as his iconic wardrobe.

According to his website, the Grammy Award-winner has made more than 30 albums -– from big band to jazz-fusion to classical.

After welcoming him to East Texas, Doc shared a few of his interesting ties to the area. Doc’s daughter attended Kilgore College. Also, San Miguel, where his group got its start, is a sister city of Tyler.

The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of KLTV/KTRE-TV or Raycom Media. They are solely the opinion of the author. All content © Copyright 2013 Lane Luckie

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