The Hickory Jazz Orchestra (HJO) is a full size 18-piece group that performs swing and big band classics from the era of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington as well as the sounds of modern big bands.

View videos of HJO playing HERE

The HJO is available for private as well as coorporate events, public concerts, weddings, and any other occasion. In addition, the bands instrumentation and size can be tailored to fit the needs of your next event.

Rick Cline, Co-chair of "Dinner, Dance & Romance" Valentine's event
Rick Cline is a performer/educator in Hickory, NC, as well as a father of 2 boys , Reese and Gabriel, and husband to Summer. As a native of Hickory, Cline enjoys a wonderful musical career filled with numerous weekly performances and a abundant weekly teaching load. He teaches applied percussion at Lenoir Rhyne College and currently directs the Piedmont Percussion Program, a program for kids ages 8-18 for 3 years. Prior to that, he also founded and taught the Lenoir-Rhyne Percussion program for over 8 years. The P3 program contains over 60 kids, divided up into 4 percussion ensembles and a community steel drum band. The program performs yearly at the NC Day of Percussion, has won national acclaim among educators, and has been mentioned in the internationally distributed "Percussive Notes". In addition to teaching the applied studio at LRC... MORE

David Wortman, Co-chair of "Dinner, Dance & Romance" Valentine's event
David Wortman earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Cum Laude, from Appalachian State University, as well as a Jazz Certificate, in 1997. He earned the Master of Music in Music Education from UNC-Greensboro in 2002. Mr. Wortman has been a middle school band director since 1998, with groups earning Superior ratings at state and regional performance festivals. He performs regularly with local and regional jazz groups and pit orchestras. He has performed with Ronnie Milsap, Ernie Watts, Jamey Aebersold, Rick Simerly, Harry Bee, Dick Oatts, Holland America Cruise Lines, Western Piedmont Symphony, Piedmont Wind Symphony, and many others. Big Band experience includes performing with the Hickory Jazz Orchestra, Greensboro Big Band, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, Andrew Thielen Big Band, Mike Day Big Band, UNCG Jazz Ensemble, ASU Jazz Ensemble and many others...MORE



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