A Favorite all Over the Valley
The Hal Magnie Band has been swinging for almost 60 years. It is the Central Valley's longest running Big Band. The Band has played all over the San Joaquin Valley for dances, parties, Trade Club Shows, The Big Fresno Fair, Central California Big Band Dance Society, Fresno Smooth Dancers and many more. The Magnie Band has backed up some of the biggest names in music including Ben Vereen, Vicki Carr, Rosemary Clooney, Roger Daltrey and the Who, Isaac Hayes, Lou Rawls, Melissa Manchester and The Temptations, just to name a few.
The Magnie Band plays almost all original arrangements by the late Al Harkins, who played piano in the group for over 50 years. The band is comprised of some of the Central Valley's finest musicians including drummer Joe Lizama, who also plays drums for Johnny Mathis. Singer, James Hitchcock, entertains with favorite songs from Frank Sinatra. From swing to latin, bossa nova to rock and roll, the Hal Magnie Band continues to entertain and hopes to do so for another 60 years.
Look for them on Facebook at The Hal Magnie Big Band.