Al Cobine

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Al Cobine, born in Richmond, Indiana, graduated from Richmond High School, Earlham College, received his MA from the University of Cincinnati, and continued his studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. It was in Bloomington, that Cobine formed his band, in the fall of 1956. By 1960 his band received an award from the National Ballroom Association, and in 1961 the band won an award for being "best of the new dance bands," presented by the American Federation of Musicians.

Over the years, Cobineís band has attained a fine reputation for musical excellence and versatility. To list a few achievements: This past year alone (1983) the Al Cobine Big Band has played for the Columbia Club in Indianapolis, Purdue University, the I.U. Foundation, The Chevrolet Corporation, The French Lick Hotel, The Hyatt-Regency Hotel, The Anderson Rotary Club, The American Business Association.

By 1962, Bill Armstrong of the I.U.Foundation brought Cobine in to write for, and the band played for, the Little 500 Show. So for many years Cobine wrote the music for the Little 500 Show, wrote for the THE SINGING HOOSIERS, and backed up the many giants of show business such as Petula Clark, Bob Hope, Pat Boone, Wayne Newton, Bobby Darin, Vikki Carr, Vic Damone and many others. On the strength of these performances, he and the band started touring the country, as back-up to the stars, with such diverse people as Glenn Campbell, Seals & Crofts, Elvis Presley (1973), John Denver and Tom Jones (1974 and 1975).

In 1965, Henry Mancini began touring the U.S. with a 40 piece concert orchestra and Al Cobine was asked to contract the group. That started a long association that continues today, first as music contractor-band leader, then as tenor sax soloist. Cobine and his musicians have toured in 36 states with Mancini, and hundreds of thousands have heard Cobine perform the "Pink Panther" and "The Days of Wine and Roses." In 1967, Andy Williams joined Mancini and they toured with great success for the next several years.

Cobine has played in Evansville many times over the years, starting with the Junior League and most recently playing for the Evansville Executive Inn. The Welborn Hospital Foundation, Ind., for the last three years brought in such luminaries as Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Rich Little, and Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach and Cobineís band has been there to back them up. As a writer-arranger, Cobine is best known for his "Vermont Suite," music for brass, his theme music for the television show "Wild Kingdom," stage band works, "October In The Air", "Love and Joy", "Jazz Espagnol", "Short and Sweet", "I Wonít Dance", "My Man Quincy", and many others.

Cobine can do a variety of things in the musical field, but he still feels that the most important thing in his musical life is his band. It has been his workshop, talent finder, musical powerhouse and catalyst, that has made everything else work. His big band is a unique group: the arrangements are written by Cobine and they bridge the gap between the old and the new, they play for the young and the old, the latest tunes and the great old standards, old time swing and the new beat. It is a swinging and ongoing affair.

Al Cobine and his Big Band has been in the business of playing for people for over twenty years now, and he seems to have enjoyed the trip.


Title Genre Level Price
A Little Bossa Nova Jazz Ensemble EAS/INT $55.00
Al Cobine Plays Hoagy Charmichael, Vol. 2 (LP) CD $15.00
Al Cobine Plays Songs Of Today And Yesterday (LP) CD $15.00
Angel Eyes Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Angel Eyes (4 Troms.) Trombone INT/ADV $15.00
Back On Campus (LP) CD $15.00
Ballade (AATTB) Saxophone INT/ADV $20.00
Ballin the Jack Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Blessed The Children (SATB) Christmas Music INT $1.50
Blessed The Children (SATB) Choral INT $1.50
Blues Dance (AATTB) Saxophone INT/ADV $25.00
Cobine Plays Carmichael CD $15.00
Cobine Plays Carmichael, Vol. 1 (LP) CD $15.00
Come, Hear the Wonderful Tidings (4 Troms.) Trombone INT/ADV $15.00
Come, Hear the Wonderful Tidings (Trom. 4) Christmas Music INT/ADV $15.00
Davids Song Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Disco Daze Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Dr. Hekyl and Mr. Jive Jazz Ensemble EAS/INT $45.00
Dream Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
East of the Sun (W/Vocal) Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Echo Blues Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Four Pieces for Brass Trio (Trpt., Horn, Trom.) Brass INT $30.00
Four Pieces for Three Bassoons Bassoon INT $30.00
Four Pieces for Three Double Basses Bass INT $30.00
Four Pieces for Three Euphoniums Euphonium/Baritone INT $30.00
Four Pieces for Three Trombones Trombone INT $30.00
Four Pieces for Three Tubas Tuba INT $30.00
Frankie & Johnny Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Gershwin Medley Jazz Ensemble INT $60.00
Go Tell it on the Mountain (4 Troms.) Trombone INT/ADV $15.00
Go Tell it on the Mountain (Trom. 4) Christmas Music INT/ADV $15.00
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Trom. 4) Trombone INT/ADV $15.00
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Trom. 4) Christmas Music INT/ADV $15.00
Hate To See You Go (LP) CD $15.00
I Feel October in the Air Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Ill Be Around Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Im Waitin Up For You Jazz Ensemble EAS/INT $55.00
Jazz Espagnol Jazz Ensemble INT $60.00
Jolly Old St. Nicholas/Up On The Housetop (4 Troms.) Trombone INT/ADV $15.00
Jolly Old St. Nicholas/Up on the Housetop (Trom. 4) Christmas Music INT/ADV $15.00
Let There Be Peace On Earth (4 Troms.) Trombone INT/ADV $15.00
Let There Be Peace On Earth (4 Troms.) Sacred music INT/ADV $15.00
Little Christmas Star (SSAA) Christmas Music EAS/INT $1.90
Little Christmas Star (SSAA) Choral EAS/INT $1.90
Little Girl Blue (5 Troms.) Trombone INT/ADV $15.00
Little Toy Elf (2 part) Christmas Music EAS/INT $1.50
Little Toy Elf (2 part) Choral EAS/INT $1.50
Love & Joy Jazz Ensemble INT/ADV $55.00
Love & Joy (SATB) Vocal Jazz INT/ADV $2.25
Mood Indigo Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
My Man Quincy Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
New Freedom Shout Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Night Waltz (AATTB) Saxophone INT/ADV $20.00
Peaches Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Pretty One Jazz Ensemble EAS/INT $55.00
Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow (4 Troms.) Trombone INT/ADV $15.00
Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow (Trom. 4) Christmas Music INT/ADV $15.00
Sack of Woe (Adderley/Cobine) Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
Shepherds Carol (SATB) Choral INT $1.80
Shepherds Carol (SATB) Christmas Music INT $1.80
Sing Noel (SATB) Christmas Music INT/ADV $2.00
Sing Noel (SATB) Choral INT/ADV $2.00
Thats The Way I Feel Jazz Ensemble INT/ADV $55.00
The Gospel Truth Jazz Ensemble INT $45.00
The Heaviness of Blue Jazz Ensemble INT $55.00
This Christmas Eve (SATB) Choral INT $2.00
This Christmas Eve (SATB) Christmas Music INT $2.00
This Is All I Ask Trombone INT $20.00
To A Manger (SATB) (SAB) Christmas Music EAS/INT $1.60
To A Manger (SATB) (SAB) Choral EAS/INT $1.60
Too Much Cha Cha Jazz Ensemble EAS/INT $55.00
Turn On The Christmas Lights (SATB) Choral INT $1.70
Turn On The Christmas Lights (SATB) Christmas Music INT $1.70
Variations on We Three Kings (Brass Ens.) Brass INT/ADV $50.00
Variations on We Three Kings (Brass Ens.) Christmas Music INT/ADV $50.00
White Christmas (4 Trom.) Trombone INT $15.00

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