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The Bo & Bill Winiker Bands: Swing into Spring

Friday, April 30th at 11:00 AM


The Boston Globe calls The Winikers Boston’s House Band. Those who have called Boston home for any length of time will certainly agree. The Winikers are a beloved fixture of the Boston music scene. From the decks of the Provincetown ferry to Opening Day at Fenway Park and New Year’s Eve at Symphony Hall: the Winiker Brothers are there, keeping our feet tapping, our smiles wide and reminding us how much there is to celebrate in life.

Spring is here. Time to shake the covid fog and get those toes tapping. Join Bo Winiker as he guides us through a pre-recorded performance of some old favorites, including those from the American Song Book, swing, and Big Band hits that are guaranteed to get you off your feet and dancing ‘round the room.

Bo Winiker began his professional music career at ten years of age, performing alongside his mother, father, and older brother as the Winiker Family Band. Bo went on to graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he joined the Grammy-award-winning New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble. Bo remained a member of the ensemble for 25 years, touring around the world under conductor and former NEC president Gunther Schuller. From 1972-1973, he was the featured trumpet soloist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and has also soloed with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestras. In 1992, Bo recorded the movie soundtrack for “A League of Their Own” with Billy Joel. He has performed at the White House for President Ford, at President Carter’s Inauguration, and at Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Ball alongside the incredible Aretha Franklin. Bo conducted the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra for five consecutive sold-out New Year’s Eve Galas from 2013-2017. On NYE in 2018, Bo was honored to once again take the stage at Symphony Hall, opening for the Pops with his swing orchestra. Bo’s horn playing, singing, and band-leading have been described as captivating, and he brings his infectious energy to every performance, no matter how large or small the stage!

Known for his light touch and his swinging beat, Bill Winiker is a charismatic drummer and skilled bandleader. He has been playing professionally since he was 13 years old. Bill graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music where he mastered a range of percussion instruments. A knowledgeable music historian, Bill produces and narrates many original programs on all aspects of American popular music and jazz.