The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Performing at Colchester High School March 5!

Happenstance will allow for our students to perform with legendary musicians, bring world-renowned talent to Colchester, and support the CHS Theater Restoration Fund all at once!

A last-minute scheduling change will bring the Count Basie Orchestra to Colchester High School on Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.!

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

This world-renowned, eighteen-piece ensemble has released hundreds of recordings, won nearly twenty Grammy Awards in its decades-long history, and collaborated with such singers as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Ella Fitzgerald. In addition to performing at one of JFK’s inaugural balls, the ensemble has appeared in a number of movies and television productions and has won respected jazz polls. Some of its former members include Billie Holiday, Lester Young, and many others.

And to add an additional layer of excitement, the CHS jazz band will also have the opportunity to play along with the orchestra during the program’s finale!

The two-hour performance (with intermission) is open to the public, and any profits from ticket sales will go to the CHS Theater Renovation Fund. Tickets prices are as follows:

  • $20 for general admission
  • $15 for teachers, students, and senior citizens
  • $55 for a family of 4
  • $12 per person for groups of 20 or more

Pre-ordering of tickets is strongly recommended! To pre-order tickets, please call the CHS box office at (802) 264-5729 and leave the following information:

  • your name
  • your phone number
  • the number of tickets you would like
  • your method of payment (credit cards are not accepted—checks can be mailed, or payment can be made at CHS)

The CHS box office is open Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Checks made payable to Colchester High School may be mailed to:

Colchester High School
131 Laker Lane
Colchester, VT 05446
Attn: John Coon

Tickets for those paying by mail will be available at the “will call” table on the night of the performance. The last day to pre-order tickets is Monday, March 3.

Special thanks to John Coon and the Colchester Theater Company for making this event possible. For more information, contact Evan Peltier, CHS Director of Bands, at (802) 264-5742 or via e-mail at

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime performance!

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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