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About the Band

From Contemporary to Motown to classic rock, to Latin Rhythms, blues and soul, The Midtown Horns band can do it all.

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•The highly accomplished and experienced horn and  rhythm sections provide the backup for two male lead vocalists and three female vocalists which serve to create a powerful, high energy band.

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•Whether it’s Bruno Mars,  the Swing and Scat of Brian Setzer, the rich, full throated vocals of Earth Wind and Fire or a soulful rendition of Al Green’s Lets Stay Together, lead vocalists Marty Orio and Andy Coyle reach the high and low range vocals of many of the world’s greatest songs. The Midtown Horns excel in any genre or era of music. 

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•The Midtown Horns also features three female vocalists, Lori Zuroff, Sharon Sky and Kate Martin  do great interpretations of female artists such as Beyonce,,Lady Gaga,  Taylor Swift,  Annie Lennox, Joan Osbourne, Gloria Estevan, Amy Winehouse and many others.  

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•The Midtown Horns perform Tribute Nights and Tribute Sets for the following eras,genres and artists:

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•The 70’s, The 80’s, Motown, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Tower of Power, Decades of Divas, Rhythm and Blues, Classic Rock, Disco Hits and Latin Hits.

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•Check out our song catalog page to see artists covered and then turn up the volume and check out our promo videos and song samples page to hear the band. Once you do, we hope you will consider us for your wedding, venue, New Years Celebration or event.

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•Thanks for listening

News
News

 

The Community Advocate, August  2021

By Ed Karvoski Jr, Contributing Writer

WESTBOROUGH – Greg Kojoyian began honing his musical skills while in grades four through 12 in Westborough public schools. Several decades later, he’s now the founder, bassist and bandleader of The Midtown Horns.

In recent years, Kojoyian’s band has endured multiple concert cancellations due to inclement weather, the EEE threat and pandemic restrictions. Nevertheless, he is hopeful that The Midtown Horns’ show will go on as scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Westborough’s Bay State Commons.

 

“Playing in my hometown is special for me,” he noted. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

 

Westborough’s instrumental years 

Kojoyian learned to play trumpet as a fourth-grader inspired by the late Larry Forand. A professional trumpeter, Forand also worked full-time as the music director for Westborough’s entire school district.

“He was a great guy with an infectious ability to get everybody excited to do music,” Kojoyian said of his mentor.

In high school, Kojoyian also learned to play bass guitar. Then, his inspiration came from pop culture.

“You saw The Beatles running down the street with girls chasing them – but the girls weren’t chasing trumpet players,” he recalled. “I started getting into rock bands.”

Among his teen-era endeavors was a rock band called Pulse, which included horn players. They covered hit songs of bands such as Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Pulse’s performance venues ranged from dances at the Westborough Town Hall to high school graduation parties.

Continuing with a horn-based band

Kojoyian describes The Midtown Horns as the “direct descendant” of Pulse. 

“Probably because I was originally a trumpet player, I’ve always liked the big sound of bands with horns,” he explained. “Pulse spurred my lifelong passion for horn-based bands.”

The Midtown Horns typically includes 14 to 16 musicians. Their repertoire features contemporary, Motown, funk, rhythm and blues, soul and Latin genres.

They debuted at a Southborough summer concert in 2017.

Also in 2017, the band performed at Bay Stay Commons following the grand parade to celebrate Westborough’s 300th anniversary. Performing the concert was a chance for Kojoyian to represent his family’s town pride. 

“I only wish my dad could have seen us play at the celebration,” he said. “My dad loved Westborough.”

His late father, Sarkis Kojoyian, was a commercial real estate developer and had served on the Westborough Planning Board as well as other town boards and committees.

Gigging year-round

In addition to outdoor summer concerts, The Midtown Horns entertain year-round at various venues.

“The summertime concerts are essentially our showcase,” Kojoyian noted. “We perform at weddings, benefits, corporate events and hotels. Very few nightclubs can fit us on their stage.”

Despite several unavoidable summer 2019 cancellations, Kojoyian considered it “a banner year” for the band. 

As a favorite 2019 gig, he cites their concert at Gloucester’s annual Labor Day weekend celebration. The Midtown Horns performed amid the Schooner Festival’s Boat Parade of Lights and fireworks over Gloucester Harbor. 

“It’s a really great event,” Kojoyian said of Gloucester’s holiday festivities. “We’re doing it again this year – thankfully!” 

Their busy 2019 schedule culminated with a show in December at the Encore Casino in Everett. Pandemic restrictions canceled the band’s 2020 gigs.

Entertaining audiences again

The Midtown Horns’ return to the stage took place at Wood Park in Hudson. After getting rained out July 7 and 12, they entertained an appreciative audience under clear skies on July 15.

“It felt great,” Kojoyian said of their first live show in 18 months. “It’s almost like a dream that a whole year and a half went by.”

 

Another dream job for Kojoyian is The Midtown Horns’ upcoming concert in Westborough – his hometown.

 

“My musical roots are in Westborough,” he added.

 

 

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