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Emerald City Swing Orchestra

The Emerald City Swing Orchestra (ECSO), originally named the Emerald City Orchestra, was formed in Dublin in 2001.  It was originally formed to perform in the musical stage production “The 1940’s Radio Hour”, presented by Emerald City Players, Dublin’s community theater company.  It was the company’s best-attended production in its history.  ECSO performed multiple years in Dublin’s September Arts and Music Festivals, and was given the honor of performing at the 20th anniversary celebration of the city’s Sunday’s at Scioto summer concert series in 2003.

ECSO was selected to open for Chicago and for Earth, Wind & Fire at the City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration.  ECSO has produced its own concert and variety show series at venues such as the Abbey Theater in Dublin and the Garden Theater in Columbus, and self-produced numerous swing dances in Dublin.  The band has performed for charitable events throughout Dublin and Central Ohio, and with student jazz bands in the Dublin school system.  The band has also performed for numerous weddings and other private events.

In 2014, ECSO began a residency at the Emerald City Ballroom in Dublin, where it plays from 8:00 to 11:00 pm the last Friday of each month.  Dance styles performed include Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango, Samba, Mambo, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, West Coast Swing and East Coast Swing.  The Emerald City Ballroom is a full service dance studio and event center open to all dancers, of all ability, with a spacious unobstructed cushioned dance floor, with plenty of open seating, and offers both private and group dance instruction.  For more information about ECSO's appearances at the Ballroom.

ECSO is a member of Dublin Community Bands (DCB), a tax-exempt organization formed in 2010.  DCB is a collection of performing groups that includes the Dublin Cornet Band, the Dublin Silver Band and the Dublin Wind Symphony.  DCB has received public funding from the City of Dublin and the Dublin Arts Council, as well as private contributions.

The Emerald City Swing Orchestra provides musical entertainment to the Dublin and Central Ohio communities, while endeavoring to contribute to the preservation of the quintessential American art form, big band music.  

We showcase the original big band form that represented popular music in the era before, during and after the Second World War, as well as several variations that have evolved in the decades since.


23 North, 82 West
702 Shuffle
720 In the Books
After the Lovin'
Ain't Misbehavin'
All of Me
All the Things You Are
Almost Like Being In Love
Along Together
Allright, Okay, You Win
Alto Soliloquy
American Patrol
And All That Jazz
And the Angels Sing 
Angel Eyes
Any Moment Now
April In Paris
Artistry In Rhythm
As Time Goes By
Auld Lang Syne
Autumn Leaves
Avenue R
Baby It's Cold Outside
Back In Your Own Back Yard
Basically Blues
Beauty and the Beast
Begin the Beguine
Begin the Beguine (Tonight Show)
Beginning to See the Light
Best Is Yet to Come, The
Beyond the Sea
Big John's Special
Big Spender
Big Swing Face
Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
Blue Skies
Blue Tango
Blues in the Night
Brass On Ivory
Bugle Call Rag
By My Side
Bye Bye Blackbird
Bye Bye Blues
Canadian Sunset
Caught a Touch of Your Love
Cha Cha Cha For Judy
Cheek to Cheek
Cherry Point
Chili Today, Hot Tomale
Christmas Time Is Here
Chu Chu Cha Cha
Closely Dancing
Color My World
Come By Me
Come Fly With Me
Come Rain or Come Shine
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Cry Me a River
Dancing On the Ceiling
Dear Heart
Deep Purple
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Don't You Forget It
Eager Beaver
Easy To Love
Eleanor Rigby
Elks Parade, The
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Exactly Like You
Falling In Love With Love
Fascinating Rhythm
Feelin' Free
Flying Home
Fly Me To the Moon
Foggy Day, A
Funky Cha Cha
Girl From Ipanema, The
Go Daddy-O
Gonna Fly Now
Got To Get You Into My Life
Groove Merchant
Groovin' Easy
Groovin' Hard
Harlem Nocturne
Heat Is On, The
Hello Young Lovers
Here's That Rainy Day
How Deep Is Your Love?
How Do I Look In Blue?
How High the Moon
How Long Has This Been Going On
Hustle, The
I Can't Get Started
I Can't Get Started (Tonight Show Band)
I Just Found Out About Love (And I Like IT)
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
I Love Being Here With You
I Thought About You
I Will Wait For You
I Will Survive
I Won't Dance
I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You
I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You (Tonight Show Band)
In the Mood
In the Mood (Tonight Show Band)
In the Wee Small Hours
Intermission Riff
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
Isn't She Lovely
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
It Had Better Be Tonight
It Only Happens Every Time
I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
I've Got the World On a String
I've Got You Under My Skin
I've Never Been In Love Before
James Bond Theme
Jive Samba, The
Johnny's Theme
Jump, Jive & Wail
Jumpin' At the Woodside
Just In Time
Just the Way You Are
Kansas City
Keep the Customer Satisfied
Kid Charlemagne
Knock On Wood
Lady Is a Tramp, The
Last Dive, The
La Cumparista
Let's Dance
Let's Fall In Love
Like a Lover
Li'l Darlin'
Little Brown Jug
Look of Love, The
Love For Sale
Love Theme From Lady Sings the Blues
Lover Man
Luck Be a Lady
Lullaby of Broadway
Lulu's Back In Town
Macarthur Park
Mack the Knife
Mambo (from West Side Story)
Mambo Swing
Mambo #5
Mambo Caliente
Mambo Swing
Mas Que Nada
Meaning Of the Blues, The
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Mood Indigo
Moon River
Moonlight Serenade
Moten Swing
Mr. Lucky
Music to Watch Girls By
My Blue Heaven
My Favorite Things
My Funny Valentine
My Old Flame
Never Let Me Go
New York State of Mind
Night and Day
Night Train
Norwegian Wood
Old Devil Moon
One O'Clock Jump
Opus In Chartreuse
Opus One
Orange Colored Sky
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Out Of Nowhere
Oye Como Va
P.S. I Love You
Pennies From Heaven
Pennsylvania 6-5000
Peter Gunn
Pick Yourself UP
Pink Panther
Poor Butterfly
Punta del Soul
Put It Right Here
Puttin' On the Ritz
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
Rainbow (Somewhere Over the)
Rock Around the Clock
Rock This Town
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Route 66
'S Wonderful
Satin Doll
Save Your Love
Sentimental Journey
Shadow of Your Smile, The
Shake, Rattle & Roll
Shaker Song
Sing, Sing, Sing
Sir Duke
Smooth Operator
So Many Stars
Somethin' Stupid
Somewhere Out There
Song of India
Song of the Volga Boatman
Soul Vacination
Spring Is Here
Stars and Stripes Forever, The
Stella By Starlight
Stompin' At the Savoy
Stray Cat Strut
String of Pearls, A
Stuff Like That There
Summer of 42
Summer Wind
Sun Will Shine Today, The
Sunday Kind of Love, A
Sweet Georgia Brown
Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Take a Risk
Take the "A" Train
Tengo Tango
That's Life
There You Go Again
Till Then
Too Close For Comfort
Trombone Soliloquy
Tunnell Traffic
Tuxedo Junction
Twice As Nice
Two O'Clock Jump
Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)
Up a Lazy River
Waltz Medley
Waltz You Saved For Me, The
Watch What Happens
Way You Look Tonight, The
Well, Git It
West Side Story Medley
What Is This Thing Called Love
Whatever Lola Wants
When You Wish Upon a Star
Where Is the Love
Who's Sorry Now
Why Don't You Do Right
Willow Weep For Me
Woodchopper's Ball
You Go To My Head
Zoot Suit Riot


Founder and Director


Tom is a native of Columbus, Ohio.  He has been a resident of Dublin since 1993.  His son, Christopher, and daughter, Cassandra, both graduated from Dublin Coffman High School and participated in Coffman’s music programs, before earning degrees from The Ohio State University and Miami University, respectively.  While they were in high school, Tom served for three years as Treasurer of Dublin Music Boosters.  He then served as treasurer on the board of Dublin Community Bands (DCB).  A trumpet player, Tom has played in several bands in Central Ohio.

Tom graduated from Columbus West High School and earned a B. S. degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University.  Since 2006, he has been the Principal of CCT Enterprises, engaged in business consulting and real estate development.

In addition to serving on the boards of for-profit businesses in Central Ohio, Tom has also served on the boards of other not-for-profit arts organizations, including The Moving Arts Company and Dublin’s community theater company, Emerald City Players (ECP).  In 2001, while serving on the board of ECP, Tom organized and directed a jazz big band to play onstage as part of the company’s musical production, The 1940’s Radio Hour.  It was the company’s best-attended production in its history.  Due to the popularity of that show, Tom and several other cast members elected to continue performing as a big band, and called themselves the Emerald City Orchestra (ECO).

In 2011, ECO moved under the umbrella of Dublin Community Bands and updated the name to Emerald City Swing Orchestra (ECSO).

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ECSO Featured Vocalist



Meg Murphy has been singing since her college days at the Ohio State University. Although she has sung in many venues in Central Ohio, she is perhaps best known for her years at Stouffer's Top of the Center Restaurant. Weekdays she sang with pianist extraordinaire Don Haines, and on the weekends, the duo expanded to a quintet (featuring saxophonist Sonny McBroom). She subsequently performed at the Top of the Center with the Ben Lepley Quartet (featuring trombonist Vaughn Wiester), followed by her own group (Ron Beaver, Ed Cottle, Vince Evans, Jim Curlis, Doug Richeson, Jim Rupp, Chuz Alfred, Sonny McBroom).

Over the years, Meg has performed with some of the best musicians in Central Ohio, in groups ranging in size from duos to big bands, and in musical styles ranging from pop and rock to jazz and standards: the Visit, Trilogy, the Majestics, Tom Battenberg (in a variety of his groups), New Remnants Dance Orchestra, the Jazz Arts Group (now known as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra), Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra, and presently the Emerald City Swing Orchestra.

Meg enjoyed a long association with Michelle Horsefield Carney, who was not only Meg's vocal coach, but also her friend and mentor. In addition to performing with the Emerald City Swing Orchestra, Meg continues to perform a mixture of folk/gospel/old rock and roll with her brother's group, Murphy's Law. 

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