Bobby Layne is keeping the traditional music of the 30's, 40's, and 50's alive with "String of Pearls", "In the Mood", "Stardust" and many other great big band favorites. He has captured the hearts of dancers and the listening audience with his excellent tempos and many melodic arrangements.
Bobby Layne has eight excellent recordings: "Swingin' Down the Layne" 1979, "Wishing" 1983, "Songs From the Heart" 1986, "40th Year Celebration" 1993, "Dancing on the Ceiling" 1995, "When you Wish Upon a Star" 1996, "More" 2000, "Jump Jive and Swing" 2000, and two new releases in 2004, "You Belong to My Heart" and "Dance in that Old Fashioned Way", all featuring the lovely voice of Trudy Du May.
Bobby Layne and his Orchestra have had the pleasure working with many notables in the entertainment business: Bob Hope, Anita Bryant, Art Mooney, Gordon McRae, the Four Aces, Bob Newhart, Dagmar, Rusty Draper, the Ink Spots, Joe Feeney, Dave Boyer, the Lawrence Welk cast and numerous tours with Myron Floren. Highlights include: National Ballroom Operators Award for "Outstanding Ballroom Performance", "The Best of Lincoln" award from KFOR Radio, and the band selected to play for the Governor's Inaugural Ball - four years running.
In the 60's Bobby's band started out as a seven-piece band and enlarged to an 11 piece in the 70's. In 1974 Miss Trudy DuMay, with her dynamic vocal style, joined the Bobby Layne Orchestra.
Bobby served four years in the 43rd Army band where he played trumpet. Not until the 60's due to a shortage of saxophone players, did Bobby purchase his first alto saxophone and clarinet. He then played lead saxophone in his own band. He still picks up his trumpet and joins the brass section on some tunes.
Bobby Layne attended school in Waverly, Nebraska. As a freshman he joined the high school band where he played first chair trumpet. When he was a senior, Bobby started his own seven-piece band doing his own booking and building his library of dance tunes along the way.
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