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Did You Know? - Larry Fresch is an accomplished singer and sax player in Orange County, California. He began his musical career as child in Sandusky, Ohio, where playing the accordion was a rite of passage with his Italian family. At the age of 10, Larry switched to the saxophone and landed his first professional gig at the age of 14. From there he played in school bands, local clubs and restaurants in the Ohio area. At 19, Larry enlisted in the Navy and attended Navy Music School in Washington DC. His musical accomplishments earned him a place in the Navy Band in Honolulu, where he performed Goodwill Tours throughout the South Pacific and Australia and New Zealand, which included numerous performances at Army Hospitals for wounded soldiers returning from Vietnam. His goodwill and humanitarian service alongside his impressive musical talent earned him an official commendation from the United States Army.
After his tour of duty, Larry joined a band called The Four Sails and was booked as the opening act for Charo and Xavier Cugat at Caesar's Palace. "Those were the glory days of Vegas," says Fresch. "It wasn't uncommon for us to be playing our shows and spotting the likes of Tom Jones, Joey Bishop, and other Vegas legends in the audience. It was an awesome experience."
When the Four Sails ended their run, Larry moved to Las Vegas and opened a music store selling pianos. In 1981 he moved to California and started playing sax with various bands. In 1996 he formed his own band called Larry Fresch and the Fresch Experience. The band performed at venues throughout Orange County, including a five-year run at Avanti's in Mission Viejo and another three years as the House Band for the Dana Point Marriott.
Larry and his band, the "Fresch" Experience are still performing at different venues around the Orange County area. Larry Fresch describes his musical style as high energy big band and swing, reminiscent of the glory days of the great Las Vegas shows, with hints of Louis Prima and Sam Butera. His contagious musical styles can be savored in his live performances and on his CD entitled Happy, available on CD Baby Records.