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New Reformation Band New Reformation Band
with the Oppermann Brothers


8 p.m.
January 17, 2004
First United Methodist Church
Port Huron, Michigan

In its 32+ years, the New Reformation Band has given thousands of performances worldwide, playing traditional jazz, considered by many to be America’s only original art form.

From its first performance at a Saginaw church, the band has played its “joyful sound” at national jazz festivals, with various U.S. symphony orchestras, on cruise ships, in concert halls, at schools and colleges, as well as performing hundreds of worship services in churches of many faiths.

The band was founded on February 10, 1970 by the Oppermann Brothers and Reverend Gary Miller for a single performance at Saginaw’s First Congregational Church.  Today it is recognized as one of the country’s pre-eminent classic jazz groups which has appeared from coast to coast, in Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.

Over the years, the NRB has produced 15 critically acclaimed albums which are being enjoyed by fans everywhere.

The band’s 20th and 25th anniversary concerts were videotaped at Michigan’s Heritage and Temple Theaters respectively, and subsequently telecast across the United States, including most major markets, on the PBS Network. 

Major traditional jazz festivals such as Sacramento, Davenport, St. Louis, Reno, Los Angeles, Central Illinois, Medford, Eureka, Elkhart, Lake of the Ozarks, Fresno, Sun  Valley, Clearwater, Costa Mesa, Scottsdale, Madison, Mammoth Lakes, Victoria, and many others have repeatedly showcased the band.  They have also even reached the legitimate realm as various symphony pops concerts around the country now feature the NRB “with Orchestra.”

The universal popularity enjoyed by the NRB emanates from its versatile and talented gang of seven musicians, all of whom contribute instrumentally, vocally, and humorously.  There are no wallflower introverts allowed in this eclectic mix of musical masterminds, and audiences delight in the spontaneous combustion of repartee and music produced by these guys.

Featuring the founding Oppermann Brothers and five “superstar” sidemen, these seven friendly fellows….whose enthusiasm and wit is ever present…provide an entertainment experience most memorable.

Visit the website of The New Reformation Band

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