|"Sonny LaRosa's America's
Youngest Jazz Band's performance at the New Orleans Jazz and
Heritage Festival was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, certainly
apparent by the packed crowds you drew! Congratulations to you
all! We look forward to bringing you back to New Orleans!"
Karen Konnerth, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New
||"What a challenge, what a
dream, what a success! To inspire such talent in those so young
is truly amazing. Thank you for thrilling our residents & guests
for the third time now!"
Gerry Soules and Terry Frazier, Representative of the Men's Club
and Residents Ranchero Village, Largo, FL
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and surprise I expect never to forget was hearing America's
Youngest Jazz Band created and directed by Sonny LaRosa. These
youngster's first number "Bugle Call Rag" jolted me out of my
misconceptions. They had the impact of the 1950's Basie Band.
They not only knew how to swing collectively but the soloists
could tell a story! Sonny LaRosa should be a model for many
educators throughout the World."
Net Hentoff, World Famous Jazz Journalist and Author - Wall
||"Never have I heard kids as young as your
play so well - never in my life!"
Ray McKinley, World famous drummer and Band Leader, Successor to
Glenn Miller Orchestra
||"Mr. LaRosa: Congratulations to
you and the members of America's Youngest Jazz Band on your
performance at the 1999 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Our future depends as never before on the bonds that link us
with nations around the World. As young ambassadors of goodwill,
you are helping to strength these bonds immeasurably. I salute
you for working to enhance International respect, understanding,
and communication. Your journey will help to build a brighter
future for all of us! Best wishes for every success."
Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States, The White
House, Washington, DC
SONNY LAROSA 727-725-1788
Sonny is a Jazz musician who started out in New York City. He had traveled around the country
as a trumpet player with jazz bands during the early days of swing music. He has since
spent many years as a music instructor and band leader. Sonny has been
involved in music for over 60 years. In addition to being a great trumpet player, he has mastered
the piano, and he can play most of the instruments in the band.
In the past 20 years he has had great focus on creating what
is known as America's Youngest Jazz band. Trying to keep the band
fresh is easy, as Sonny has strict rules to not let any child over 12 or 13
remain in the band. As the kids move on to Junior High School, he recruits children from the
Sonny and his kids have had national spots on radio and television,
and he has taken the band as far as to Switzerland, to perform at the
Montreux Jazz Festival. Children from every background are in the band,
ranging from offspring of great jazz performers to local kids from his area in
Clearwater, Florida. Sonny is concerned about one thing when he selects his
kids, their desire to play jazz music. Sonny is truly one of a kind, and in his
own little way, he is a modern day hero to those children and parents who
find music to be a very important way of life.
Give Sonny a call or send him an email if you are interested in finding out more about the
band, or if you have some promotional ideas to get the band more exposure.
SONNY LAROSA 727-725-1788