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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians with Al Pierson

Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians with Al Pierson will perform Monday, April 5 in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

March 16, 2010

Tickets on sale now for Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Big band hits like "Seems Like Old Times," "Boo Hoo" and "Johnson Rag" will fill the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts and warm a Maryville audience when Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians with Al Pierson take the stage on Monday, April 5.

The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Student Services Desk, online or at the box office prior to the show. The Student Services Desk is located on the first floor of the Administration Building and is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 660.562.1212 or online.

With more than 500 hit songs, the Lombardo Orchestra is the longest-running act in show business history and their music has been played for more than 1 1/2 billion people.

Ontario native Guy Lombardo formed the Royal Canadians in 1924 with his brothers and other musicians from his hometown, billing the band as creators of "The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven."

The Royal Canadians enjoyed immense success throughout the 1930s and 1940s, charting a song every year between 1929 and 1953. They were featured on their own television program in 1954, and Guy made several appearances on "Laugh-In" during the late 1960s.

The band's rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" also became synonymous with New Year's Eve on radio and television broadcasts across the country.

The band experienced a decline during the 1970s, however, and it dissolved after Guy's death in 1977. But in 1989, Al Pierson of Big Band U.S.A. revived the orchestra and music library of the Royal Canadians.

Today, with support from the Lombardo family, Al Pierson and the Lombardo Orchestra treat audiences to tunes such as "Seems Like Old Times," "Boo Hoo," "Coquette," "Sweethearts on Parade," "Johnson Rag," "Bye Bye Blues," "Enjoy Yourself" and "Ain't She Sweet." Pierson has shown a dedication to the distinctive style and tradition that made the Lombardo Orchestra one of the most listened to, talked about, and imitated big bands of all time.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468