America’s Hits on Parade Brings WWII Songs to Life



Sept. 28, 2009 – On Oct. 10, America’s Hits on Parade – featuring the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and The Pied Pipers – will visit Southeast Missouri State’s River Campus to bring back the music of the 1940s.  The production will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center.

“This is a chance for the people of Cape Girardeau to see and hear two legends of the Big Band Era,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director at the River Campus.  “You just don’t hear this kind of music live-on-stage anymore, and we’re proud to bring them to the River Campus.”

The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Pied Pipers work together to send their audience back to the World War II era.  They mix lead vocalist, Nancy Knorr, with the beautiful sounds of a top jazz band to create a show that will be unforgettable.  Under the leadership of Bill Tole, the show features such well known hits as “Green Eyes,” “Amapola,” and “Tangerine,” to name just a few. 

Both the Pied Pipers and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra have been around since the 1940s.   Although the members are different from the original group, the tradition still holds true with their talent and passion to share their music. Now they are performing for a whole new generation of fans. 


Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at, keyword “Dorsey”, or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.