The 3rd Annual Stars & Stripes USO Show presented by Bright House Networks at the Armed Forces History Museum on Saturday, October 11th will feature the Lorri Hafer Swingin’ Band as well as tribute performances of big band singing sensations by Andy Stefano’s Cast of All Stars. This spectacular big band show, dance and salute to our nation’s troops will also feature show hostesses, vintage attire, era actors, photo opportunities, a full bar, valet parking and a red carpet welcome. The event is a fundraiser for the museum’s veteran and youth education programs.
Lorri Hafer is no stranger to the big band sound and delivery. She is the daughter of composer /arranger /Academy Award nominee Al Ham and his wife, Mary Mayo. They met while they were both performing with the post war Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke. She started her career at the age of five on the Guy Mitchell record, “If You Ever Go Away”, and as a model for the Madame Alexander Doll Company. In 1971, Lorri was the lead vocalist with The Hillside Singers, who, along with her mother Mary Mayo, recorded the Coca-Cola song, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony”. Lorri and several members of The Hillside Singers were reunited in 2003 on the PBS Special, “American Soundtrack: This Land is Our Land – The Folk Rock Years 2”.
In 1981, Lorri was the opening act for organist Lenny Dee at his supper club when she visited a jam session. It was there that she met fellow musician Mike Hafer, whom she later married. Shortly thereafter, Lorri toured as the featured vocalist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra throughout the United States and Japan. She was also a special guest vocalist for Buddy Morrow and The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Following these tours, Mike and Lorri began their own U.S. tour and recorded their first CD, “Something Cool” in 1986. Lorri and Mike founded The Music of Your Life Trio in 1988. Mike and Lorri’s second album, “You’re My Best Friend”, a collection of inspirational songs, was released in 1994, and the duo was featured on several inspirational programs including The 700 Club.
Lorri’s first solo CD, “The Very Thought of You”, was released in 2001. Featuring a collection of standards from the Great American Songbook, the CD includes a swinging solo version of The Hillside Singers 1971 hit, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony”. The CD received both national and international airplay in the US, the UK, Italy, the Caribbean, and New Zealand.
In 2004, Lorri was invited to be a part of the Music of Your Life show in Branson, MO where Lorri was the featured vocalist with Les Brown’s Band of Renown. Les Brown, Jr. stated, “Lorri is a smash hit! I watched her mesmerize a standing room only packed theater. I was so impressed with her vocal clarity and stylings…the crowd embraced her.”
Lorri has shared the stage with Margaret Whiting, Frankie Laine, The Four Lads, Deana Martin, Maria Muldaur, Eric Darling of The Rooftop Singers, Jim Brady of The Sandpipers, and Denny Doherty and Michele Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas, and Trini Lopez. Lorri also appeared as the opening act for comedian Bob Newhart at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Most recently, Lorri made her debut at NYC’s famed Metropolitan Room.
Saturday October 11th the Lorri Hafer Swingin’ Band will make their way to the Armed Forces History Museum as Bright House Networks presents the 3rd Annual Stars & Stripes USO Show. Tickets are $24 for general admission with doors opening at 7pm. A limited number of $50 VIP tickets are available, which includes a pre-event full dinner at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased at armedforcesmuseum.com, by calling 727.539.8371 or in person at the museum. VIP tickets have sold out the past two years.
The event is sponsored by USO Central Florida, Swing Gang, Walgreens, the Tampa Bay Times, the Florida Restaurant Purchasing Group and Bright House Networks.
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