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About MetroGnomes


The MetroGnomes is a big band made up of people from various walks of life who just love to play music. The players are from Jessamine and surrounding counties and include both professional and amateur musicians. The players range in age from 20-something to 70-something.

The personnel list includes current and retired band directors, current and retired ministers, music students (some of whom have or do study with Miles Osland at UK), seminary students, lawyers, professors, and educators.

The band’s conductor and musical director is Doug Oatley, a retired music educator and former bass trombone player for Stan Kenton. Doug is a professional musician, composer, arranger, and clinician who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the band. Chris Barbee, co-conductor and lead alto sax player, studied under Miles Osland at UK, and is currently a student at Asbury Theological Seminary. Click on the Bios page to learn more about the individual players.

The band’s mission is: “To perform music that is fun to play and fun to listen to.”

The band formed during the summer of 2004 and has played 12-15 concerts per year to very positive reviews. Below are some of the comments made about the band by those who have heard them. You may also download MP3 samples from the band’s current play list.

Multimedia: Videos, MP3s, etc.
News & Reviews
Song List

Beyond the Sea
In the Mood
Bahama Crusin’
Brazilian Nights
Free Ride
Mercy, Mercy
Here’s That Rainy Day
Doin’ Basie’s Thing
Satin Doll
Jalapeno Heat
Two for the Road
I’m Beginning to See the Light
K.C./Sunshine Band Medley
Jazz-Me Blues
I Believe in You and Me
The Shadow of Your Smile
September (A) / Everlasting Love (B)
Lullaby of Birdland
Groovin’ High
Since I Fell for You
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Softly Spoken
Sin’ Palabras
My Funny Valentine
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Devil with the Blue Dress On
Cruella DaVil
Sweet Georgia Brown
Greased Lightnin’
Easy Money
You Lika Da’ Juice
Mood Indigo (bass trombone solo)
Do Nothin’ Til You Hear form Me (vocal)
How Long Has This Been Going On?
Go the Distance
Children of Sanchez
Don’t Get Around Any More (vocal)
Pick Up the Pieces Don’t Know Why (vocal)
Sing, Sing, Sing
Mack the Knife (vocal)
I Loves You Porgy
How High the Moon (vocal)
Jungle Boogie
Embraceable You (vocal)
Sweet Lorraine (bass trombone solo)
For Dora
That’s A Wrap
At Last (vocal)
Rock This Town (arr. Oatley)
Before We Say Goodbye
La Llama Azul
Eli’s Comin’
Send in the Clowns
Back Burner
The Way You Look Tonight
Blue Rondo A La Turk
What Are You Doing for the Rest…
I’ve Heard That Song Before (vocal)
Cleanin’ House
The Nearness of You (vocal)


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