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Eldon Payne

Eldon was born in Morristown, TN and graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1979. He moved to Tampa, FL in the spring of 1980 and retired from Delta Air Lines with twenty five years of service on Mar. 1, 2008. Some of the groups which Eldon has performed with are as follows:

University of Tennessee Campus Band, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Band, Shades of Blue, Boulevard Jazz Orchestra, The Mostly Pops Orchestra, Helios Jazz Orchestra, Cigar City Big Band, Swing Sound Orchestra, Frankie D. New York Orchestra, Clearwater Community Jazz Band, Sun City Center Big Band, George Carroll Big Band, Gulf Bay Big Band, Ten O'clock Big Band, Frank Parsons Band, Ed Geimer Big Band, Encore IV Big Band, and The Sarasota Jazz Project.

Eldon has performed at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, the Ybor Jazz Festival, the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival and jazz clubs and other venues in the Tampa Bay area and Sarasota. Artists that Eldon has helped back up include Margo Rey, Denise Moore, Kathy Kosins, Kevin Mahagony, Michael Lynche, Bryan Hughes, Lorri Hafer, Chuck Wansley, Whitney James, and Alexis Cole.

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Holton TR160 King 2102L Jiggs Whigham

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