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Norman Daoust

In addition to acting as the leader of the Eastwood Swing Orchestra, one of its musical musical arrangers and vocalists, Norman serves as either the guitarist or bassist. He has enjoyed musical performing since 1965 when he made his professional debut with The Twilighters. His guitar studies with Dave Huxtable, Steve Carter, and Jack Wilkins have served him well as has his musical education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Berklee College of Music.

Norman has accompanied nationally acclaimed artists including Bob Eberle, Anna Maria Albergetti (star of the original ďWest Side StoryĒ), Al Martino, Marvin Hamlisch, and Tommy Tune. He has appeared as the banjoist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra in their performances of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" featuring pianist John Novacek and conducted by Edwin Outwater. He enjoys playing music of various styles including swing, pop, jazz, dixieland, and classical. In addition to performing, he has contracted orchestras of up to 20-pieces to accompany internationally known entertainers including Anna Maria Albergetti and Al Martino, Carol Channing, Mickey Rooney and Donald OíConnor, and Wayne Newton.

When not involved in musical activities, Norman is the principal consultant for Daoust Associates providing data modeling consulting for organizations around the country and is an avid organic gardener.

David Cross

David Cross has been with the Eastwood Swing Orchestra since its inception in 1983, as the clarinetist, saxophonist and one of its vocalists. An Eastman School of Music graduate, there he studied clarinet with Stanley Hasty and saxophone with Ramon Ricker. He then went on to study with Boston Symphony clarinetist Peter Hadcock for several years.

Since 1980 Mr. Cross has been the principal clarinetist for the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, performing with such noted guest artists as The Paul Winter Consort, The New Black Eagle Jazz Band, and the Sesame Street Show. He has also performed with the New Bedford Symphony, Arcadia Winds, The New Sousa Band, appearing with guest vocalist Anna Maria Albergetti, and performed in a national tour with the Artie Shaw Orchestra. An accomplished theatre orchestra musician, Mr. Cross performs frequently with the Company Theatre and the Cape Cod Playhouse. He is a regular member of the orchestra for Heart to Heart Players, where he has performed with Broadway stars Shirley Jones and Betty Buckley.

In addition to his performing career, David is a dedicated teacher, and has been a member of the faculty of South Shore Conservatory since the early 1980s. During the 1990s he served as the Assistant to the Director of the Boston University School of Music. In 1998, Mr. Cross left Boston University, pursuing a second career in Computer Technology. In 2004 he began teaching instrumental music in the Mansfield, MA school system. He continues to be a busy freelance musician and teacher.

Skye Hurlburt

The Eastwood Swing Orchestra's female vocalist, Skye Hurlburt, has been singing (and sometimes playing flute or piano) with leader Norman Daoust in various bands since 1975. She has been with the band since its first engagement in 1983.

As a classically-trained vocalist with degrees in music education and audiology, Skye has sung under John Oliver with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, and at Tanglewood, under Robert Shaw with the Boston Opera Company, and under Margaret Hillis with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus.

In the jazz realm, along with the Eastwood Swing Orchestra, Skye has performed with numerous groups including the Downtown Jazz Orchestra, Brown University Jazz Band, Arthur Medeiros Swing Band, the Al Vega Trio, and Travelin' Light, a jazz duo. As a solo artist specializing in the Great American Songbook, she accompanies her singing with harp, and, under her company's name Traveling Sound, gives 300 to 400 solo concerts per year throughout New England.

In addition to her busy performing schedule, Skye travels around the country giving workshops based on her book "Songs in Season: the Business of Being a Daytime Entertainer" and, with her husband, Matt (whom she met when performing with another of Norman's bands, the Downtown Jazz Orchestra) travels extensively around the globe.

Steve Naiman

Steve has been the bandís trumpeter (also playing cornet and flugelhorn) and principal arranger since it began in 1983. He received both his B.M. and M.M. Ed from the Boston Conservatory of Music. His notable teachers include John Coffey, Gerard Goguen, Carmine Caruso, and Jimmy Owens. Steve has performed extensively throughout New England with the Boston Jazz Orchestra, the Suburbanaires, the Continentals, Dick Doherty, Dom V, and Big Band Incorporated. He has also performed with the Gary Wofsey Latin Ensemble. Steve has been an adjunct faculty member at Brown University.

His original compositions and arrangements have been performed by Gary Burton, Annie Ross, and Joe Henderson. Steveís original arrangement of a George Gershwin medley can be heard on J. Michael Leonardís recording on the Academy Sound & Vision label.

Joe Cincotta

Joe Cincotta, the drummer of the band, while a relatively new member (having been with the band for only four years), is the propulsive spark of the bandís rhythm section. His Masters degree in music performance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell may be what allows him to read the bandís sometimes challenging drum parts with ease. In addition to being a busy freelance drummer and percussionist throughout the New England area, Joe has been a show drummer at Busch Gardens in Virginia and on numerous cruise ships for both the Costa and Carnival cruise lines. As comfortable performing classical music as with all the numerous styles performed by the Eastwood Swing Orchestra, Joe has also toured with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.

Gil Boule

Gil Boule has been the Eastwood Swing Orchestraís trombonist since the bandís beginning more than twenty years ago. For two years he commuted from New York City, where he was working at the time, to perform with the band on weekends. Music runs in his family: his father played bass in a popular band for many years. Over the past several years Gil has appeared in major latin music festivals throughout New England, performing with famous salsa recording artists including Nino Segarra, Viti Ruiz, La Soluccion, Paquito Guzman, Johnny Rivera, Maelo, and Mulanze. And he somehow finds time to substitute in various latin and salsa bands, several pop music wedding bands, and also to perform in parades with several military bands throughout Massachusetts.

When not playing music, Gil is an experienced cost accountant.


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