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Fairfield Counts performing Big Band music at Waveny

Updated 10:37 am, Tuesday, August 20, 2013
  • Fairfield Counts will perform on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Waveny Park in New Canaan. Photo: Contributed Photo
    Fairfield Counts will perform on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Waveny Park in New Canaan. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Fairfield Counts, a 17-piece band that plays music from the Big Band era, will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Waveny Park, New Canaan.

The concert is sponsored by HTG Investment Advisors Inc., which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Fairfield Counts echoes the sounds of legendary bands such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Tommy Dorsey. Harvey Tuckman started the group to breathe new life into the immortal Big Band repertoire, captivating a new generation of music lovers.

Founded in 1976, Fairfield Counts Orchestra has entertained audience in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. According to its website, www.fairfieldcounts.com, the band has attracted top-caliber musicians whose intent is to recreate the unique Big Band-era sounds. With 17 musicians, a musical director and a female vocalist, Fairfield Counts has been the featured orchestra at many area country clubs and civic organization affairs, in addition to appearances at private parties in New York City at Windows On The World, the Supper Club, Red Blazer Too, The Yale Club, The Hotel Pierre and aboard the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier in New York Harbor.

The free concert traditionally draws hundreds of fans who arrive early to enjoy their picnics on the great lawn behind Waveny House.

HTG has sponsored musical events at Waveny for the past 13 years, according to Jeanne Gnuse who, with her husband, Tom, is co-founder of HTG Investment Advisors.

"Through our concert sponsorship we are celebrating the community that has helped us grow over the past 20 years, allowing us to give back to the community," she said.

The 30-year New Canaan residents founded HTG in 1993 as a fee-only, independent advisory investment firm. It has grown from a two-person home based business to a company of nine employees in a suite of offices at 50 Locust Ave., managing more than $300 million in assets, as of the last regulatory filing, and serves more than 175 families locally and around the country.

"As an independent, fee-only, small locally owned business regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, we were among the pioneers in a specific industry that did not exist 20 years ago," said Tom Gnuse. "We have always been independent of the products we offer, receiving no commissions, and we like the flexibility of being a smaller company. It was a fledgling concept when we started but today these small companies have developed a significant presence in the financial services industry."

Over the years, HTG has presented seminars and round -able discussions on various topics, including charitable giving, trust and estate planning, investing during retirement, long-term care insurance, raising money-savvy kids and, most recently, a session on financial transitions in divorce.