Sentimental Journey Big Band Takes the Stage Oct. 17


Hear the music of “the Greatest Generation” as the Sentimental Journey Big Band takes the stage at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.

Sentimental Journey Big Band follows the lives of the Greatest Generation through the music that gave them the joy, hope, and faith to persevere when confronted by tremendous challenges.

The group was formed in 1991 when Frank Richetti gathered some of the very same musicians who played in the well-known bands of the ’30s and ’40s. Richetti played trumpet with the 2nd Marine Air Wing Band during World War II and has been touring and performing with local bands ever since. Richetti set out to organize a group of players who really love the music, and in doing so, he has truly carried on the tradition of the “Swing Era.”

Vocalist/Director Altha Morton has appeared throughout the East singing big band, jazz, country, gospel, and pop music. Some of her career highlights include national record releases, and opening for Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare, Johnny Lee, and Mel Tillis. The ASCAP member is a professional songwriter who has performed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville and at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame celebration in New York City.

Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $13 for virtual viewers. Purchase tickets online at; by phone at 732-255-0500; or in person at the Grunin Center Box Office, Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.