In 1992, Marvin Rosenberg recruited a few of his fellow Hernando Symphony Orchestra members and formed a Dixieland band. The group included Rosenberg on drums, Lee Cave on clarinet, Michele DiLuzio on trumpet, Jay Leaman on trombone and Sylvia Leaman on keyboards.
The new band experimented with several names, then settled on Milo's Dixie Band — named after the Leamans' then-newborn son.
Last year, the band lost Cave, who also played solo clarinet with the orchestra for many years and served several terms as the orchestra's president.
"Lee Cave was such a driving force for the orchestra," said Hernando Symphony conductor Wayne Raymond. "He was the biggest advocate for the orchestra, was a marvelous member and player. … He was a wonderful asset."
The orchestra's winter concert, "Big Bands Return," will be a tribute to Cave. A performance is Saturday at the Hernando Performing Arts Center in Brooksville, and then Sunday and Tuesday at Springstead Theater in Spring Hill.
A highlight will be Milo's Dixie Band, which will perform traditional New Orleans-style music, such as Basin Street Blues and When the Saints Go Marching In, as well as a swing number, In the Mood.
"Lee's clarinet part will be played by Nelson Dellamaggiore," said Jay Leaman. "Nelson was one of the first conductors of the Hernando Symphony Orchestra before it was the Hernando Symphony Orchestra," when it was known as the Spring Hill Community Orchestra.
Leaman said the group will also add a tuba player, Zach Holung, for the performances, in the Dixieland tradition. Guest drummer Steve Brodsky will fill in for Rosenberg, who died in 2007.
"We never found a permanent drummer to fill (Rosenberg's) shoes," Leaman said.
The concert will feature clarinet soloist Mike Konrad performing Begin the Beguine, a piece Cave played several times with the orchestra, Raymond said.
The concert will also include Blue Tango, España Cañi, Summertime and Satchmo as well as medleys from Ragtime, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.
Although the winter concert is a tribute to Cave, the orchestra has lost several other members recently — bass players Jiggs DerMagerdecian and Joe Napolillo and oboe player Donna Dono — and they will be remembered, too, Raymond said.
"It really has been a tough couple of years," he said.