Blood, Sweat and Tears, a musical institution, has left an indelible mark on the American music scene since 1968. According to Darrell Bryan, Executive Director of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, “One of the greatest horn bands in the history of popular music, BS&T’s alumni roster reads like a Who’s Who of the world’s greatest jazz and rock musicians.”
The band started out in Greenwich Village in New York and has won world-wide acclaim, becoming the first in many categories: first band to tour behind the Iron Curtain, first band to have three hit singles from the same record, and first band to combine rock with jazz .
BS&T has earned multiple gold albums, 10 Grammy nominations and won three Grammy Awards, including the most prestigious of them all, Album of the Year. Hits include “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die,” “God Bless The Child,” and many more.
BS&T cares about local communities. For instance, after the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, BS&T donated money to replace musical instruments and had the entire high school marching band join them on stage for a jam session – a night those kids and some very proud parents will never forget.
Current members of BS&T include Teddy Mulet, from Puerto Rico, who plays several instruments; Glenn McClelland, since 1987; Jason Paige, vocalist, who sings 100 plus jingles annually; Ken Gioffre, saxophonist; Gary Foote, bass chair for 21 years; Steve Jankowski, musical director and trumpet player; Jens Wendelboe, trombone; Andrea Valentini, drums for 11 years; and Dave Gellis, lead guitarist since 1985 and vocalist.
For ticketing information, call the NPAC Box Office at 423-638-1679 (Open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). NPAC is located adjacent to Greeneville High School at 212 Tusculum Blvd. in Greeneville, Tennessee. For other information, visit the website at www.greenevillenpac.com.