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Doc Severinsen, Byron Stripling Quartet to Perform in ABAC Arts Series January 11

December 12, 2017

TIFTON—“Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by a big band trumpet blast, dominated late night television across the country for 30 years. The ‘Johnny’ was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon, and the bandleader was Doc Severinsen. Americans welcomed the always entertaining telecast into their living rooms week after week until Carson retired.

Doc Severinsen and his Big Band didn’t stop performing after the final telecast; they hit the road and are still entertaining crowds today. And on Jan. 11, he’s coming to Tifton for a 7 p.m. performance at the Tift County High School Performing Arts Center as a part of the ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

“Americans still prove their love and respect for Doc Severinsen by pouring into his concerts,” ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said. “At ninety years old, Doc still has the magic. He can hit the high notes, a result of continued commitment to his studio and refinement of his craft.”

Severinsen will be joined by the Byron Stripling Quartet in the fabulous show titled “Trumpet Kings.” Stripling is a master trumpeter with a gifted voice and a captivating on-stage presence. He has played roles on Broadway and is a soloist for the Boston Pops Orchestra. Currently he serves as artistic director and conductor of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

“Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Doc and Byron do what they do best, entertain you by bringing back memorable tunes from years gone by,” Jones said.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $30 for adults and $15 for students. For more information, contact the ABAC Ticket Line at 229-391-4895.

Jones said the Severinsen performance replaces “Tuesdays with Morrie” starring Jamie Farr that was scheduled in the performing arts series for Nov. 30, 2017. The production company handling that performance cancelled because of scheduling difficulties.

The ABAC Performing Arts Series is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.

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