For the 2015 New Year’s Parade, Greater Overbrook String Band presented “Brazilliant!” featuring “Wild Bill” Razzano as our Captain. You can view the show by clicking on the “Video” tab above. In this production, Greater Overbrook took our audience on an exciting rhythmic musical journey to Brazil. Latin drums, energetic Samba syncopations, conga lines and of course sensual Bossa Novas created the perfect Latin mood — only to be heightened by the fun and frivolity of Carnival and our whimsical Rio Finale. Our journey started in the sun drenched carefree atmosphere of Rio. With the statue on Mount Corcovado looking on, hypnotic drums Samba and Mambo rhythms got the party started. The journey took on a smooth and calm vibe as we soaked up the scene of the Girls From Ipanema walking by, serenaded by our banjo, violin, mandolin and accordion segment. Lively renditions of Cumana and I Go To Rio segued to the sensual Besame Mucho, featuring Captain Bill Razzano. Latin percussion transitioned to Rio’s most famed attraction, the rhythm and beauty of Carnival, which then took flight to our soaring whimsical finale to Real In Rio! Leaving you we asked Quando Quando Quando, when, when, when will you return to Rio? Musical selections included: Brazil, Mambo Jambo, Chacita, Girl From Ipanema, Cumana, I Go To Rio, Besame Mucho, Brazil ( reprise ) Real In Rio, and Quando Quando Quando.
Musical score arranged by Rich Johnson
Choreography by Jenna Specht
Theme Committee: Carmen Vitanza Jr. (Chair), Rich Johnson, Carmen Vitanza Sr., Russ Paneghello, Kyle Johnson, Kathy Steele, Mary Kay Campbell, John Holt, Jenna Specht, Bill Razzano, Jim Dougherty, Denna DeLuca, Maryanne Cionci, and Dan Baker.
Makeup: Dave Kietrys, Stephanie Muth and Pete Bashano.
Special thanks: To the current and former members of the Penn State Marching Blue Band, the West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band and the Chichester High School Marching Band who helped make this one of GOSB’s best productions!