Gene White has enjoyed a career that has touched every facet of the music
business. He spent most of the 1960's involved with Big Band music. Working out of Dallas, Texas he toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
under Ray McKinley as well as with the bands of Tex Beneke, Les Elgart,
Si Zentner, and others. In 1968-69 he was General Manager and Chief
arranger for the Ted Weems Orchestra. The remainder of ‘69 and most of
1970 was spent as Musical Director for the "Miss Sammy Jo Show" working
Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and major showrooms across the country.
From 1971 thru 1973, under a grant from the National Endowment for
the Arts, Mr. White and a seven piece jazz ensemble presented educational
jazz concerts and music-education clinics in colleges and high schools in a
five-state Arts Council program in the upper Midwest.
After a tour as a pianist with the Four Lads and also with Paula Kelly and
the Modernaires, he moved to Minneapolis to form his new show group
"Gene White and Friends". After touring showrooms throughout the country
for several years, this group settled into a-two-and-a-half year engagement at McGuire's Inn in St. Paul, Minnesota. During his stay there Mr. White wrote
a new stage revue every eight weeks.
In 1978 he left the Twin Cities to accept a position as house Musical Director
and Orchestra Leader at the Executive Inn in Owensboro, Kentucky. There
he furnished orchestras for such artist as Sammy Davis, Jr., Englebert Humperdinck, Wayne Newton, Jack Jones, Charo, the Spinners, the Mills Brothers, and many more. During this period the album "A TRIBUTE TO GLENN MILLER" featuring Paula Kelly and the Modernaires was released.
Mr. White served as Musical Director and Orchestral Arranger for the recording. It became the number one Big Band album of 1980.
In 1981 Gene moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he formed the 14 piece
Gene White Orchestra and the vocal group Fifth Avenue. Over WAMB Radio
the "Music of Your Life" station in Nashville, The Gene White Orchestra and
Fifth Avenue broadcast a weekly radio show in the Big Band tradition.
For most of 1983 Mr. White lived in Balboa, California as a free-lance writer/arranger. In the winter of 1984 he made a nation-wide tour (including Canada) with COLUMBIA ARTISTS' "Big Band Show", which starred
Johnny Desmond, Helen Forrest, and the Modernaires. On this tour Gene
served as Conductor, Pianist, Company Manager and also wrote special arrangements for the tour.
Since then Mr. White has resided in Nevada. In the fall of 1984 he produced
the mini-revue "Class Action" performing at the Aladdin Hotel and the Royal Casino Hotel in Las Vegas. In December of 1985, moving the act to Laughlin, Nevada, he accepted a position as Musical Director at the Riverside Resort
Hotel and Casino. Throughout 1986 he wrote and co-produced several
successful in-house shows and revues. He also created the weekly radio
show "JUMPIN' AT THE RIVERSIDE". It was during this period that his
future wife-to-be joined the ensemble as a singer and fiddle player, as well as becoming Mr. White's administrative assistant. Gene and Lori were married
in January of 1987 and in February Mr. & Mrs. White returned to Las Vegas.
During 1987 and 1988 he served as Musical Director at Bob Stupak's Vegas
World Hotel, supplying the orchestras and conducting for such entertainers as
Tony Martin, Johnnie Ray, Allen and Rossi, the DeCastro Sisters, and other headliners appearing in the Galaxy Showroom. In addition, from 1988 until
2000 Gene rescored the entire musical library for "Legends In Concert", the
long running hit show at the Imperial Palace. Gene was one of the shows musical arrangers, and was involved with the music preparation, and
managed the show's massive library.
Since 1989 through 2012, Mr. White and his company Gene White Music Service has been supplying various size orchestras and bands to major Las Vegas Hotels for their main showrooms and corporate conventions. Eddie Fisher, Al Martino, the Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca Show, Vic Damone, Connie Francis, Red Buttons, Patti Page, Jerry Vale, Keely Smith, are just a few of the stars whose performances were accompanied by the Gene White Orchestra.
In 1993 thru 1995 Gene and Lori White created, produced, and performed on the Big Band Radio Show "Swing Street" which featured his 21 piece orchestra. The show was aired locally in Las Vegas every Saturday morning on KORK Radio AM
920. It was recorded before a live audience in the main showroom at the Rio
Suite Hotel and Casino. They wrote commercials for the show, and also created jingles and original songs. They still continue to write and record original tunes.
Now retired from performing with his bands and orchestras, Mr. White is currently very active in writing musical arrangements for various artists in Las Vegas, throughout the country, and around the world. He has also written
arrangements for production shows for Disney World, Crown Cruise Lines,
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and other major venues. Gene also writes for
several high schools and college bands across the United States.