Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Bob McDonald and the DC Quartet in “Old Blue Eyes: McDonald Sings Sinatra”

January 29  Venice Performing Arts Center

Renowned for his participation with The United States Army Chorus and as the regular national anthem singer at Washington Capitals games, McDonald and his quartet will delight audiences with Sinatra standards.


(Sarasota, Florida) Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents vocalist Bob McDonald, January 29, 3:00 p.m., at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Way, Venice. McDonald’s program, entitled “Old Blue Eyes: McDonald Sings Sinatra,” includes such Sinatra favorites as “New York, New York,” “Strangers in the Night,” “My Way,” “Night and Day,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Accompanying McDonald will be the DC Quartet: Scott Silbert on woodwinds; Tony Nalker on piano; Brandon L. Robertson on bass; and Rick Costa on drums. Reserved seat tickets are $35 and are available at or by calling 941-306-1202. Student tickets, for $10, are available at the door.

The voice of the Washington Capitals hockey team, the voice and narrator for The US Army Chorus and star of many stage productions, Bob McDonald brings his unique vocal talents and engaging personality to Venice with this stirring tribute to Frank Sinatra. The versatile McDonald has performed for U.S. presidents and heads of state, and at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center, the White House, the Pentagon and Signature Theatre.

Joining McDonald is the DC Quartet—an amazing array of musical talent to highlight the songs of Old Blue Eyes.

Scott Silbert, on woodwinds, is the chief arranger for The United Stated Navy Band. He has composed and arranged more than 300 works for the band, while actively performing and teaching. Silbert performs with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and has appeared with Rosemary Clooney, Bob Hope, Andy Williams and The Temptations. He lectures frequently, having recently presented jazz history clinics at The Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University.

Tony Nalker is the pianist and group leader of The U.S. Army Blues, the jazz ensemble of The United States Army Band. He routinely plays for the highest levels of government and military and has performed in several USO tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Nalker is the pianist for the Hal Leonard Jazz Play-a-long series, which now has more than 180 books/CD’s in its collection. In addition, he performs as a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and recently traveled to Russia, Ethiopia, and Kenya on diplomatic outreach tours on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. He also regularly performs with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Bassist Brandon L. Robertson is a member of the Florida-based jazz trio, The Zach Bartholomew Trio, and released his first album, “Out of This Town” in 2012. Robertson has performed with such notable artists and groups as Marcus Roberts, Teddy Adams, Jason Marsalis, Bill Peterson, Dan Miller, and the Count Basie Orchestra. He is a professor of jazz studies at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

Drummer/percussionist Rick Costa performs in theater shows and with the Fall River Symphony in Massachusetts as both a timpanist and percussionist. He recently performed at the Lady Sings The Blues Festival with blues guitarist Steve Arvey and at the Venice (Florida) Blues Festival.