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Perry Hall musician keeps Zim Zemarel's Big Band sound alive
Perry Hall musician keeps Zim Zemarel's Big Band sound alive

It takes a Big Band sound to battle the disco, punk, thrash rock, heavy metal and country-pop now dominating national soundtracks. But that's exactly what the Zim Zemarel Band has done in the greater Baltimore area for the better part of 50 years. And even though Zemarel himself died in 1999, at age 82, his former band mates Gene Bonner, 77, of Perry Hall, and Wayne Hudson, 68, of Pasadena, are still carrying the torch for the band, and for Tommy Dorsey- and Benny Goodman-style 1940s Big Band music itself. They are also quick to admit that, because of the whimsies of changing musical tastes and the rising cost of booking a crackerjack 15-to-20 piece Big Band, the full Zim...

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