Sweet Georgia Sound Mourns the Passing of Mike LaRoche

Mike LaRoche, band leader for Sweet Georgia Sound, passed on April 7. Mike was a Sweet Georgia Sound founding member, starting with the group over 28 years ago. He followed his passion for big band music as both performer and band leader.

For the past two decades, audiences saw Mike in the leadership role at band performances. That was a small portion of the devoted work Mike did. Unseen was hauling a sound system and stands, arranging substitutes, and handling administrative tasks. He accepted the challenge of getting musicians to play harmoniously (both with their instruments and in their interactions – an experience not unlike herding cats). He did this in support of his passion of bringing the sound of American Standards to the listeners and dancers in Chattanooga. Sweet Georgia Sound will continue that mission, in so doing providing the best memorial to Mike’s lifetime devotion to creating music.

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Michael ‘Mikestro’ LaRoche