Boomer Bash & Senior Expo attendees will dig Dog Bones band


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Cathryn Leasure, top left, Ron Vogelsong, Colleen Lee, bottom left, Don Staples, Eric Lee and Paula Voytko each have one or multiple dogs or cats and enjoy playing animal-themed crowd favorites.

They play dog-themed music on trombones, tuba and drums. They wear Pluto and Goofy hats while performing. And they’re all about entertaining their two- and four-legged audiences.

 “We’re a little silly,” Eric Lee of Merritt Island said of the band Dog Bones. “We like to have a good time.”

 Consisting of four trombonists, a tuba player and a drummer, Dog Bones often can be found promoting events for rescue and therapy dogs and playing at dog birthday parties and weddings as part of their mission to encourage appreciation for “Man’s Best Friend.” But on Friday, Nov. 14, they’ll appear at the Backstage Pass Boomer Bash & Senior Expo on Friday, Nov. 14 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. The band will start off on a serious note playing patriotic tunes for the Veterans Salute at 8:30 a.m., and open the expo at 9 a.m. with a 30-minute set of fun favorites.

 “We’re mostly trombone players and we love dogs so that’s where it came together,” said Lee, the band’s tuba player whose wife, Colleen, is one of its trombonists.

Formed in 2009, Dog Bones consists of members of musical groups including the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Winds and the Melbourne Municipal Band. The band’s current lineup features the Lees, who perform with the symphony and are on its board of directors; trombonists Patrick Hennessey, Ron Vogelsong and Alan Moss, and drummer Paula Voytko.

 Dog Bones’ playlist includes such tunes as “How Much is that Doggie in the Window,” “Puppy Love” and “Hound Dog,” Eric Lee said. “Then we’ve got some cat songs like the ‘Pink Panther Theme’ and ‘Everybody Wants To Be a Cat’ from ‘The Aristocats,’ ” he said. “We’ve branched out into non-dog music. We do standards like ‘Besame Mucho,’ ‘Take the A Train,’ and ‘Satin Doll.’ It’s kind of jazz-oriented.”

 During the band’s performances, Eric Lee likes to play “Stump the Tuba,” in which he challenges audience members to name a song that he doesn’t know.

 “Sometimes they can stump me and sometimes they don’t,” said Lee, who along with his wife operate Fetch Pet Care, a dog-sitting service, and Just Like Home, an adult family care home. “I’m pretty good with ’70s and ’80s rock, but with some of the new songs usually they get me. It’s a lot of fun.” 

For more information about the band, go to dogbonesfl.com.

Backstage Pass Boomer Bash & Senior Expo, presented by Bluewater Creative Group, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. The event starts with a veterans salute at 8:30 a.m. and features exhibitors, music, seminars, drawings and entertainment. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 321-242-1235 or go to myseniorlife.com.

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