Local live music lovers have been entertained by Cecil Cope and his big band, The Jorrells, at many large events, corporate parties and weddings for many years. See SkyReport file photo above that was taken in the spring of 2010.
Cecil spent his formative years in Lebanon, IL and at McKendree, enjoying the beauty of the campus, and pitching baseball. He drives or takes the train, 17,000 miles a year, from his home near Memphis, TN to perform with The Jorrells.
Cecil has always enjoyed the very creative talents of arrangers in producing memorable recordings that we all enjoy. Cecil, with the help of producer Wayne Coniglio, put together an amazing concert at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. Cecil performed flawlessly, as he always does, since he is blessed with perfect pitch. He was backed by a 35 piece orchestra with 17 strings. The orchestra included the best in our area. Cecil provided a short narration before each song that was very informative.
To say that I enjoyed the concert, would be an understatement. The performance had me choking back tears at many points in the night. Video and still cameras were not permitted, so I share with you my ticket and program. It’s actually easier to read here than at the concert.
Thank you Cecil!!!!