Doc Severinsen and His Big Band will bring the swing to Eisenhower on Oct. 22

September 23, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- During the golden era of late-night television, Johnny Carson was the king of comedy, Ed McMahon the faithful sidekick and Doc Severinsen the flamboyantly dressed leader of the band. Carson and McMahon are gone, but Severinsen continues to entertain audiences across America with his trumpeting and swinging big band. Severinsen and His Big Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium.

Thanks to plenty of time in the practice studio, Severinsen still blows a mean horn and hits all the high notes. But he also surrounds himself with choice musicians with whom he’s more than happy to share the spotlight. The band’s repertoire includes Duke Ellington and Count Basie standards, other big band classics, pop, jazz, ballads and, of course, "The Tonight Show" theme song.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation are $45 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $35 for those 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays) and Bryce Jordan Center (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Carl Severinsen, nicknamed “Little Doc” as a child because his father was a dentist, has more than 30 albums to his credit. He learned to swing firsthand from the icons of the big band era. In the late 1940s, after service in the army at the end of World War II, the Oregon native toured first with Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra and then Benny Goodman’s big band.

In 1949, Severinsen became an NBC staff musician. By 1962, he was in the first trumpet chair of The Tonight Show Band. Five years later he became the band’s music director, a position he held for a quarter century.

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or local expert, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the concert and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Corvette America sponsors the presentation. WRSC is the media sponsor.

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  • Doc Severinsen performing with His Big Band

    Doc Severinsen has more than 30 albums to his credit.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated September 23, 2013