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June 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM
Location: Sertoma Amphitheater-Bond Park, 801 High House Rd, Cary,NC 27512, Rain Site: Kiwanis Shelter
Free Concert presented by PineCone & the Town of Cary.Return to event list.
The Monitors form an outstanding musical ensemble. They have been organized for over fifty years. They play everything from early Jazz to Rhythm and Blues and everything in between. They provided the opening concert for international stars Ray Charles and Roberta Flack, and Flack used to be the lead singer with the group. They were the featured guest with the Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra and they recently completed a tour in North and South Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra.
During that time they have performed at numerous events. They have played at concerts, Mardi Gras, Hawaiian Luaus, wedding receptions, proms, cabarets and street festivals to name a few. They have been the back-up band for celebrity artists such as Otis Redding, Millie Jackson, Major Lance, Faye Adams, Joyce Thorne, Connie Harvey, Maceo Parker and Milton Bulluck. They provided the opening concert for international stars Ray Charles and Roberta Flack, and Flack used to be the lead singer with the group. They were the featured guest with the Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra and they recently completed a tour in North and South Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra.
Bill Myers is the group's leader - he plays piano, saxaphone, flute and vibes, in addition to directing, arranging and composing music. Others include Sam "The Man" Latham on drums, Gerald "Bishop" Hunter on guitar, Jerome Morgan on bass, Clark Mills, Jr. on piano, Robert "Dick" Knight on trumpet, Fred Moye on tenor saxophone, Donald "King Tuck" Tuckson on alto saxophone, Willie Dupree on baritone and Mollie Hunter on vocals.
Myers co-founded the band with Cleveland Flow in 1957 - their goal was to be able to perform a wide array of music for any occasion. Today, Myers is the only original member still with the group, and he directs, arranges and composes for them. He is featured on the African-American Music Trail in Eastern North Carolina, and his life story was featured on NPR.
Meyers, Knight, Gerald Hunter and Lathan are featured on the African-American Music Trail in Eastern NC; The Monitors and the Music Trail were featured in the June 2010 issue of Our State Magazine.
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