«YJE started in the fall of 1965 (if memory serves) as a student-run organization billed as the «Yale Jazz Orchestra», under the leadership of Jack D. Lantz. Our early repertoire probably left something to be desired. Henry Mancini, Glenn Miller - not that there’s anything wrong with that. Later on we widened our horizons a bit. Adding talents like Jay Gitlin and John Lissauer gave us a big lift. Lissauer composed at least one piece that became one of our mainstays.»
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