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115 Music Education
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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TRIBUTE TO A KING: DANNY ELVIS & the Moonlake Orchestra

Tribute to a King: Danny Elvis and The Moon Lake Orchestra’s show is a program sure to touch your heart. Danny has performed at the Dick Clark American Bandstand in Branson, MO as well Elvis Week in Portage, IN. Danny also built the famous “Redtail Guitar” and performed alongside Aaron Tippin in support of The Young Eagles Youth Program at the largest airshow in the world, AirVenture-Oshkosh! Danny has received regular standing ovations for his rendition of the King of Rock & Roll and this wonderful era of American Music!

Speaking of a special evening, the announcer for the Tribute to a King Show on November 7, 2014 is Stanley Zakinski. Stanley was trained by the Secret Service and FBI in Diplomatic Protection Service. Colonel Tom Parker hired Stanley Zakinski to provide protection service for Elvis Presley and Ginger Alden in the second to the last show Elvis ever performed. This concert was at the grand opening of the Rapid City Civic Center. Stanley has some great stories and insight into guarding the King as well as President Reagan and a number of other interesting dignitaries. Stanley Zakinski went on to become the Chief of Police for Rapid City, SD as well as Police Chief of Keystone, SD. Stanley currently owns a private detective firm.

Following is a list of some the great players that make up The Moon Lake Orchestra!

Moe Hanson is a career drummer that toured on and off with Bobby Vee for over 20 years. Moe is considered a master drummer. Moe was in a 15 piece jazz band that was a house band at the Sands Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was here that he became good friends with Buddy Rich and they took turns filling in for each others bands. Moe was also employed by the Las Angeles Lakers basketball team to provide entertainment in their private club. It was here that he got to know Hall of Fame basketball player Walt Chamberlain. Moe also got to know and work with jazz great Louie Bellson whom Duke Ellington referred to as the “world’s greatest musicain.” Seeing Moe Hanson play drums is a treat in and of itself and you will not want to miss it!

Dr. John Tesch, conductor of the Lake Agassiz Concert Band, has been the Director of Low Brass at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 1976, and until this past year, the Director of Bands. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Music Degree from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Arizona. Active as a conductor and performer, Dr. Tesch has appeared as a guest soloist, clinician, and conductor . During his tenure at Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Wind Ensemble toured extensively in Canada, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and China, as well as throughout the Midwest.

With her 5 octave vocal range, Tanya Kemper can cover anything from Puccini to punk. Tanya graduated Magna Cum Laude from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in Vocal Music Education in December of 1999 and has been teaching at the Ada-Borup Public Schools ever since. By day she is a mild mannered music teacher/choir director and church cantor, but by night she is the lead vocal in the Q5Band along with her sister Monica Winter. When not singing lead, she does back up vocals, bass, boards and auxiliary percussion as needed. Tanya resides on her family farm by Gary, MN with her husband of 19 years, Curt, and their 4 children.

Monica Winter, a native of Twin Valley, MN, has been jivin' with the Fargo/Moorhead music scene in one form or another for 26 years. Monica is a truly great talent! She has done studio work and has been a great asset to all of those around her. Her most current adventures are wailing out harmonies and leads with the Q5 Band (variety with boas!), instructing students at her studio, and jamming with fellow musicians at various liturgical functions. It's all been in preparation for performing with the one, the only.... Danny Elvis!!! Seriously, Monica has a great sense of humor and her leval of professionalism lifts everyone up around her.

Steve Worner plays piano and helps with backing vocals. Steve is one of the hardest working musicians on the planet and a great friend to all those that know him. Steve is a master on multiple instruments and is really a treat to see perform. Steve graduated from Wahpeton High and went to NDSSSS after that !! He has been in bands since he was 13 playing piano and organ in the surrounding area. Since 2001 Steve has been the leader of the Rockin’ 60’s Band and plays at various events and dances throughout the year at all of the nursing homes an assisted living centers in the FM area. Steve says he is looking forward to this show and the opportunity to work with Danny Elvis...

The father/son team of Johnny Rocket and Don Nustad have been a great force in the Danny Elvis Show for years! Don is truly an amazing percussionist, sound man and general go to guy for anything musical. He is a great friend to all and is one of those people that inspire everyone around him. Johnny Rocket helps with anything that needs to be done.  When not Rockin’ out on stage you will find them working or dreaming about the Hotrods they are building!

The rest of The Moon Lake Orchestra is made up of a Who’s Who of great players that have made a name for themselves as great musicians and entertainers! See You At The Show!!!

7:30 pm
Festival Concert Hall Fargo, ND
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