published Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Doc Severinsen to join Chattanooga Symphony & Opera for Big Band Fever

Doc Severinsen, best known as the band leader of “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” for many years, will perform with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Feb. 15 and 16 at The Tivoli Theatre.

His performance will be part of the CSO’s Big Band Fever Pops Series concert. Music Director Emeritus Robert Bernhardt will conduct.

Severinsen originally wanted to play the trombone, but had to settle for the only horn available in the small music store where he lived in Arlington, Texas — a trumpet. Within a week, the 7-year-old was invited to join the high school band.

During his career, Severinsen played with the Charlie Barnett Band, with Tommy Dorsey, and the the Benny Goodman bands in the 1940s. He was asked him to join The Tonight Show Band in 1962 as first trumpet. He took over as music director five years later and stayed with the show until Carson retired from late night television in 1992.

Tickets for this concert start at $19 and are available by calling 267-8583 or visiting

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