Event will honor musician Bill Myers

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Moonlight Swing Band will be paying tribute to Wilson musician Bill Myers.
Moonlight Swing Band will be paying tribute to Wilson musician Bill Myers.
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Make plans to attend a musical tribute to Bill Myers Sept. 20 at the Boykin Center. The event will feature The Moonlight Swing Band.

For more than 60 years, Myers has enriched the community as an educator, arts supporter, community advocate and fundraiser. Through his music, Myers has also been a goodwill ambassador for Wilson and the state.

Myers and his band, The Monitors, have provided countless fundraisers, benefit concerts, Arts Council of Wilson performances and concerts.

This Sept. 20 event will celebrate his achievements through music. A portion of the proceeds will to go one of his passions, the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House and African-American Museum.

“This gala event is sure to offer the community an entertaining event, and we will give Bill the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the music without having to perform — well, maybe just a little bit,” said Phil Mooring, with Moonlight Swing Band.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Wilson native and UNC Public Television personality Mike Edwards will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening.

“The event promises to be a fun-filled music tribute to a great Wilsonian, with a few surprises,” Mooring said.

Moonlight Swing Band is a 17-piece musical ensemble in the tradition of the great bands of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey and plays the best of the 1940s and beyond as well as a few current favorites.

The community musicians represent years of musical experience in concert, jazz, beach and sacred music.

Mooring said the band is commited to passing along the music of the Big Band era to a younger generation.

With a full horn and rhythm section, the band also features vocalists and Stantonburg native Coley Hunt Rhodes.