Harry Terrill and Marion Herrman, 1970s
Eric Dixon, 1984 (unbilled)
Thad Jones, 1985-86
Frank Foster, 1986-95
Grover Mitchell, 1995-2003
Bill Hughes, 2003-Sep 12, 2010
Dennis Mackrel, Sep13, 2010-2013
Scotty Barnhart, Sep 2013-
Jim Snodgrass, Jan. 2000-2017 (Mr. Snodgrass told me, "I started leading Tex's band in
January of 2000. Tex was very ill at the time and couldn't complete some of the bookings." Beneke died
in May of that year.)
Gary Tole, Feb 2018-present
Vido Musso, 1942
Bob Cary, 1992?-present (On May 18, 1993, Cary was registered for a trademark of "The Randy Brooks
Orchestra," but the U.S. mark was cancelled on Dec. 23, 2000. However, as he lives in Toronto, Canada, he still retains
the trademark in Canada.)
Les Brown, Jr., 2001-present
Will Lockridge, 1957 (recording)
C. Calloway Brooks, 1998-present
Ed Metz, Sr., 1996-2009
Shep Coleman, 1986 (Glen Island Casino, New Rochelle, NY)
Ada Cavallo, 1986-2010?
Greg Gomez, 2011?-present
Lee Castle, 1957-90
Henry Cuesta, 1991 (Columbia Artists tour)
Jim Miller, 1992-99?
Gary Tole, 2000
Bill Tole, 2001-May 20, 2017
David Pruyn, Dec 2017-
Warren Covington, 1958-61
Sam Donahue, 1961-65
Urbie Green, 1966-67 (engagement at The Riverboat, New York City)
Murray McEachern, 1974-77
Buddy Morrow, 1977-Sep 27, 2010
Nick Hilscher, 2011
Terry Myers, 2012-present
Jimmy Mullen, Jul 1995-?
William Geyer, 1995-?
Russ Dorsey, Jul 2002-Jul 2015
Mercer Ellington, 1984-96
Paul Ellington, 1996-2014?
Charlie Young, 2014?-2017?
Tommy Allen, 2018?-present?
Janis Garber, early-mid 1970s
Dick Wickman, mid 1970s-1985
Ron Harvey, late 1980s-mid 1990s
Howard Schneider, mid 1990s-
Jon Faddis, 1998-2004 (Musical Director, "Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Band")
Slide Hampton, 2004-present (as "Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band")
Lois Costello, 1997-present (with Frank Bettencourt)
Urbie Green, 1957 (road tour)
Larry Wagner, 1963 (recording project, with Van Alexander)
Cleave Guyton, 2004-? (as "The Lionel Hampton New York Big Band")
Christian Fabian / Cleave Guyton / Lance Bryant [ co-leaders ],
Robert Coleman, 2000 (as "The Erskine Hawkins Heritage Orchestra")
Roland Shaw / Ralph Dollimore / Stan Reynolds, 1969-1975 [ recordings only ]
Don Lusher, 1976-Dec. 2000
Frank Tiberi, 1987-present
Paul Dean?, ca.1982? (on July 19, 1982, Dean filed an application for a trademark of "Paul Dean
Directing the Original Tiny Hill Orchestra," but he abandoned the request on October 22, 1983)
Frankie Lester, early 1970s
Norman Lee, mid-1970s?-1978
Joe Graves, 1980s
Fred Radke, 1998-present (beginning with a 1998 Columbia Artists tour?)
Don Ring, 1986?-Sept. 7, 2010
Larry Busch, Sept. 8, 2010-present
Roger Thorpe, 1986-present
Bob Allen, late 1940-41?
Art Jarrett, 1941?
Ben Anthony - authorized
Jack Platt - authorized
Rex Allen, Jr., 1990 (Columbia Artists tour)
Barrett Deems (Columbia Artists tour?)
Roy Anderson and Dale DeMarco, 1999-present ("Gene Krupa II Orchestra" - licensed by
Krupa's nephew, Gene Krupa II)
Michael Berkowitz, 2003-2016? ("Gene Krupa Orchestra" - licensed by the estate of Krupa's
adopted son, Eugene Michael Krupa)
Harry Babbitt, 1988?-? (Columbia Artists tour and/or tour dates)
Spencer Bruno, 2004?-
Victor Lombardo, late 1977-early 1978
Lebert Lombardo, early 1978
Bill Lombardo, 1978-?
Teddy Phillips, 1981-82
Art Mooney, 1982-87
Dick Wickman, 1988
Al Pierson, Feb 12, 1989-present
Jack Cobb, Apr 28, 2005 (performance in Canton, IL as "Al Pierson was on assignment with
Public Television in New Orleans")
Charlie Colbert, 1995 ("Johnny Long Commemorative Orchestra")
Vincent Lopez, Jr., 1979-2012? (as "The Famous Vincent Lopez Orchestra")
Kriss Kringle, ca.early 1980s to early 1990s (second band, based in FL)
Eddie Wilcox and Joe Thomas, 1948-49 ("Jimmy Lunceford's Orchestra under the direction of ---" )
Bob Dawes, late 1953
Sam Donahue, 1954-early 1957
Frankie Lester, late 1958-ca.1969
Dan Belloc, ca.1969-early 1970s
Pat Longo, 1982-84
Kim Richmond, late 1980s-early 1990s
Rudy Scarfatti, ca. same period
Hal McIntyre, Jr.
Don Pentleton, 2004-present
Tex Beneke, 1946-50
Ray McKinley, Jun 6, 1956-Jan 5, 1966
Buddy DeFranco, Jan 6, 1966-Jan 17, 1974
Peanuts Hucko, Jan 18, 1974-Sep 16, 1974
Buddy Morrow, Sep 17, 1974-Mar 30, 1975
Jimmy Henderson, Mar 31, 1975-May 31, 1981
Larry O'Brien, Jun 1, 1981-Sep 30, 1983 and Nov 25, 1988-Dec 31, 2010
Dick Gerhart, Oct 2, 1983-Nov 24, 1988
Gary Tole, Jan 1, 2011-Dec 2011
Nick Hilscher, 2012-
Bill Davies, 1988
Dan Gabel, Sept 30 2017-
Jack Morgan, 1969-Dec 31, 2010
Georgie Auld, late 1939-early 1940
Dick Johnson, late 1983-2006
Rich Chiaraluce, Jan 2008-Oct 2009
Matt Koza, May 2010-
Dubby Spivak, 1986-?
Kevin (Ingram) Spivak, 1980s?
Johnny McAfee, Jul 2-9, 1965 (at the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, NJ, following Thornhill's heart attack
Jul. 1, 1965)
Ted Weems, Jr., 1968-1987
Warren Bills, 1972
Eddie Barefield, Jul 5, 1973 (Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, New York City)
Bob Kirk, 1953-1956 and 1957-May 1980
Alexander, Van. Interview with the author, Nov. 8, 2004.
Berkowitz, Michael. Interview with the author, Aug. 1, 2005.
Busch, Larry. E-mail to author, Sept. 29, 2010.
Cary, Bob. E-mail to author, June 23, 2014.
Enroughty, Joe. "Dick Wickman," in findagrave.com, Dec. 27, 2004.
Garrod, Charles. Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra (Zephyrhills, FL: Joyce Music, 1975), p.25.
Heath, Moira. I Haven't Said Thanks: The Story of Ted and Moira Heath (England: Moira Heath,
Lopez, Vincent Jr. Interview with the author, Dec. 2, 2004.
Mirtle, Jack. The Music of Billy May: A Discography (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998),
Sengstock, Chuck. Liner notes, "The Uncollected Griff Williams and His Orchestra 1946, 1951,"
Hindsight HSR-175, 1981.
Shannon, James. "Murder at Ye Olde Fireplace: Part Two: The killing of Charlie Russo
shocked Greenville, but the investigation that has been ongoing for 29 years continues to
haunt police," MetroBEAT.net, Sept. 1, 2004.
Snodgrass, Jim. E-mail to author, May 12, 2006.
unidentified newspaper clipping [Hy Gardner column?, Canton, OH Repository?], 1977?.
United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Weems, Ted Jr. Interview with the author, Jan. 24, 2005.
Wright, Charlie. "Guy Lombardo band draws big crowd to performance in Canton [IL],"
The Daily Ledger / cantondailyledger.com, May 2, 2005.
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