Dave Dickey Big Band is an 18 piece jazz big band featuring many of the top jazz musicians and educators from the St Louis, Edwardsville, Springfield MO, Columbia, Jefferson City, and Champaign-Urbana, IL. Everytime the band performs public performances, a different middle school, high school, or college jazz band is invited to play intermission and the last set several of their students sit in the sections with the Dave Dickey Big Band and also get to solo. The band is also available for private parties, corporate events, and wedding receptions.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who was involved with the “Sammy Nestico: A Life in Music Tribute Concert”!!! The concert was a great success!!! All of the guys in the Dave Dickey Big Band played excellent playing all Sammy Nestico music! The Lindbergh High School Jazz Ensemble also did a wonderful job playing Sammy's music and also had a student tap dancer with their band! All of the swing dancers were great dancing to many of Sammy's songs! Thank you to our sponsors: Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Mayhews, and the Curreys! We could not have put this day together all your amazing help! Thank you Diane Vicari for creating the Sammy Nestico documentary and also for filming this concert! Sammy Nestico is very proud of you! Thank you to Tommy Vicari for recording the audio that day! It was an honor having your legendary ears there! Thank you to Mark Wallengren who did an awesome job as Master of Ceremonies that day! The band did a special tribute to their dear friend and band member Bill Hartman who passed away a few months before the concert. They did a special military salute to Bill and performed a song for Bill while his pictures were on the big screen. Also had Sergeant Andrew Layton from the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors talk about Sammy and then performed Sammy's “Samantha” on alto saxophone.
We are excited to get the video from our concert! Most importantly though, we are excited to see the documentary and very thankful to have parts of this concert added to the documentary. Keep visiting www.sammynesticofilm.com for when they documentary will be released in 2024!
Please show your support for the Sammy Nestico documentary! The plan is to have it released in 2024 when Sammy would have been 100 years old, but they still need financial help. Please visit www.sammynesticofilm.com for more information on the documentary and how you can help.