Crescent Super Band to ring in the New Year
December 27, 2011
Last year, Caleb Chapman, director of Caleb Chapman Music and the Crescent Super Band and the Voodoo Orchestra had a New Year’s Eve gig in Midway and Salt Lake City.
He managed this by leading the Super Band in the early hours of the evening at Zermatt Resort in Midway and handing his baton to assistant conductor Chris Taylor, who is also the director of bands at Park City High School, for the remainder of the night.
With Taylor leading the Super Band, Chapman was able to race to the EVE celebration in Salt Lake City to ring in the new year with the Voodoo Orchestra.
This time around, Chapman is admittedly a year older and wiser.
"I’m not doing that again," Chapman said of the double duty during an interview with The Park Record. "I’m focusing my attention on Zermatt and just hanging out there for the evening. That way I can relax and enjoy the evening along with everyone else."
The Crescent Super Band, comprised of young musicians ages 15 to 18 from all around Utah, including Park City and Summit County, will play a New Year’s concert at the Zermatt Resort on Dec. 31. The music will begin at 7 p.m.
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New Year’s Eve is always a special night for Chapman.
"As a kid watching all these movies about New Year’s Eve with all the parties that has everyone dressed to the nines and this great dance band, I developed this vision of the perfect New Year’s Party," he said. "Honestly, I had never been to one like that in Utah until Zermatt had this idea last year, so we were super excited that they called us to perform as the entertainment again, because we had a blast last year."
The evening will begin on a mellow note with a jazz quartet comprised of musicians from the Super Band as people arrive, Chapman said.
"Then around 8, the full, 23-piece Crescent Super Band will play for several hours after that and give everyone a night filled with some great swing music," he said. "It will certainly be a celebration."
The New Year’s Eve show will be a mix of songs in Super Band catalog.
"It’s kind of a nostalgic evening and so we’ll play swing classics from the Big-Band era like ‘In the Mood’ and ‘String of Pearls’ that are associated with that tradition."
Tonya Hoopes, marketing director of Zermatt Resort, caught the Super Band’s gig last year.
"The performance was great and everyone enjoyed it," Hoopes told The Park Record. "Everyone from little tiny kids to adults were dancing and everyone had a great time."
Party favors and children’s activities will also be offered throughout the night, Hoopes said.
"Kids can make their own New Year’s Eve hats and beaded necklaces," she said. "There will be light refreshments and nibbles and a balloon drop at 10 p.m. to celebrate the East-Coast New Year, and to give younger kids and their parents a chance to celebrate and retire early, and a balloon drop at midnight to celebrate the Utah New Year."
In addition to ushering in 2012, the Crescent Super Band has another reason to celebrate a newly released CD called "What It Is."
The CD is filled with songs that audiences expect from the band, Chapman said.
"These are songs that are some of our favorites that we’ve worked into the set this year," he explained. "We have everything from classics such as ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’ to songs by Michael Jackson, through our own arrangement of ‘Human Nature.’
"Hey, if Miles Davis can do his own arrangements of popular songs, we figured it was legit for us to try it as well," Chapman said with a laugh.
Like any band, the Crescent Super Band has a repertoire that people feel are the hits, he said.
"Every year, we want to add to them, and part of my job as director and producer of the group is to find new music that showcases kids," he said.
Sometimes Chapman will commission new music, and other times he’ll call his friends to do arrangements that will fit the band.
He’s recruited John Clayton, who arranges music for Michael Bublé and Queen Latifah, and Grammy Award-nominated soundtrack score composer Gordon Goodwin in the past.
"As far as the style of music we like to play, we define it as ‘The Great American Songbook Reworked,’" Chapman said. "We like to take these great songs that we feel is important to the culture and our nation and put our own modern day take and spin on them.
"There’s a lot of brass and great vocals and I think people are going to enjoy it and people will be blown away because what they’ll hear aren’t seasoned musicians who are in their 40s and 50s," he said. "These are young musicians who are in high school, and one-third of these kids are from Park City and Summit County."
The Crescent Super Band, directed by Caleb Chapman, will present a New Year’s Event celebration at the Zermatt Resort, 784 W. Resort Dr., Midway, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $99 for a couple with two children under the age of 12. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Midway’s Lyceum Music Festival. For reservations, visit http://www.zermattresort.com/events/ring-in-the-new-year or call 866-ZERMATT.