Sentimental Journey to play New Year's eve

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The Sentimental Journey Orchestra will turn back the clock this New Year’s Eve to a more elegant era of live big bands and ballroom dancing with an 8 p.m. concert in the grand ballroom of the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center. 

For 17 years, bandleader Ted Conerly and his band of musicians have been transporting New Year’s Eve partygoers to the Golden Age of the Big Bands of the 1940s with the music of stars like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and others.

Reservations include light hors d’ouervres, party favors, a champagne toast, a midnight buffet prepared by the Chef of the Inn and cash bars. Coat and tie are requested for gentlemen, and black tie is optional. Seating is limited for the comfort of the dancers and by reservation only. 

For reservations and information, call 830-895-1535. Special rates are also available for overnight guests at the Inn attending the Sentimental Journey New Year’s Eve.  

In addition to the SJO’s regular lineup of top musicians that includes drummer Walter White and vocalist Linda Sriro, leading the saxophone section this year while on leave from US Navy Band will be MU2 Adam Conerly, also a graduate of Tivy High School and Texas State University.  

The son of bandleader Ted Conerly and retired teacher Kay Conerly grew up listening to and often sitting in with the SJO, and he is the recipient of awards for his sax and clarinet playing including the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award as a high school player, and most recently the US Navy Achievement medal. 

Conerly now serves with US Navy Band Mid-South where he has been unit leader of the New Orleans Brass Band and Dixieland Bands, as well as featured soloist with the protocol jazz combo. He spent the previous two and one-half years with U.S. Naval Forces Band Europe and Africa based in Naples, Italy. Adam Conerly and his wife April currently reside in Millington, Tenn.

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