This band will have you dancing and swinging in your seats.
Altha Morton and the Sentimental Journey Big Band performs the hits of the 30’s, 40’s, and beyond. The same music that brought our nation through the 20th century is just as relevant today. The melodies are the ones that motivate people to dance or sing, and linger in your mind long after the show is over. We provide sophisticated entertainment for dances, concerts, or education.
Vocalist / Director Altha Morton has appeared throughout the East singing Big Band, Jazz,
Country, Gospel, and Pop music. Some of her career highlights include national record
releases, opening for Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare, Johnny Lee, and Mel Tillis. She is a
professional songwriter belonging to ASCAP and has performed at the Tennessee Performing
Arts Center in Nashville and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame celebration in New York City. Altha
taught music in two public school districts and had award winning bands.
Music Director Curt Morton brings to life the swing and jazz that lifted the spirit of a country
facing tremendous challenges. His long journey as clarinetist, saxophonist, singer and
conductor has visited many genres of music but the path has led him back to a place where
music is partly arranged and partly improvised! His education included a study of Big Band
Music with Tommy Tucker and Jazz with Gary Burton. Curt says “The Sentimental Journey Big
Band brings a fresh approach to our music, yet still shows respect for the stars of the past.”
The group was formed in 1991 by Frank Richetti by gathering some of the very same musicians
who played in the well known bands of the 30’s and 40’s. Frank played trumpet with the 2nd
Marine Air Wing Band during World War II and he has been touring and performing with local
bands ever since. Frank organized a group of players who really love the music; he has truly
carried on the tradition of the “Swing Era.”