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Brief highlights of the performance careers

of co-leaders

Sandra Dayton and Steve Richwine

Sandra Dayton


Sandra's credits:

  • Member of Screen Actors Guild, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Equity (theatre union)
  • Big Band and small group vocalist for 17 years...sang with the Bill Dayton Big Band on a transcontinental tour and Carribean cruise ship
  • Performed with "America's Youth in Concert" at Carnegie Hall, the White House, Royal Albert Hall, and throughout Europe
  • Alternate list for the Dean Martin Golddiggers at 18 years
  • Scholarship student with acting coach, Lee Stasberg in New York City (NYC)
  • Studied ballet at the Washington School of Ballet and in schools throughout NYC, where she also studied jazz and tap
  • Leading and principal roles in dramatic and musical comedy Equity theatre productions Off-Broadway (NYC), at the Totem Pole Theatre with Jean Stapleton, and in Washington, DC
  • Over 500 principal roles in television, film, and radio
  • Stand-in and extra roles with Tom Selleck in "Her Alibi," with Eddie Albert and Rip Torn in "Birch Interval," for director Barry Levinson in "Avalon" and for "One Life to Live"
  • Assistant casting director for the feature film, "Birch Interval," directed by Academy Award winner, Delbert Mann
  • Print and runway model
  • Ballroom dancer
  • Co-leader of the Bill Dayton Big Band since 1998


Steve Richwine (standing playing trumpet solo)


Steve's credits:

  • Lead trumpet at Towson State University's jazz band, under the direction of Hank Levy, noted arranger for the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Don Ellis Orchestra
  • Trumpeter for the Ed Williams Big Band for 20 years
  • Performed in Germany twice spreading the Big Band sound with the Ed Williams Orchestra
  • Played various Inaugural Balls and clubs in Washington, DC (e.g., Top Of The Town and Blues Alley) with the Bob Israel Big Band
  • Soloist for the soul group "Souled Out" based in western Maryland
  • Soloist for the Ray Birely Big Band
  • Soloist and lead trumpet player for ballroom dancers with the Helmut Licht Big Band and for Helmut's smaller dance bands for 15 years
  • Enjoys dancing with Sandra
  • Co-leader of the Bill Dayton Big Band since 1998


Steve Richwine, trumpeter for the Bill Dayton Big Band, comes from a musical family.  In specific, his dad, Don Richwine, played lead alto saxophone in the United States Army Band.  He would continue to play his saxophone and clarinet many years, and even into retirement.  Here is Don (far right) with his military band.

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Ten-year old "Billy" Dayton is seen below playing drums in South Dakota in his brother's Big Band, the Johnny Dayton Orchestra.

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Steve's dad, Don Richwine (center), played reeds (sax and clarient) in York, PA bands.

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Steve recording at Baldwin Recording Studios in Mechanicsburg, PA (1970s) Sandra recording at Baldwin Recording Studios in Mechanicsburg, PA (1980s)
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Steve made music with his father, Don Richwine, in society bands in Pennsylvania and Florida. 

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Steve's father, Don Richwine, dancing with Sandra to Steve's trumpet.

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Don and Marg Richwine enjoyed ballroom dancing for many years.

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Sandra performing with her father and Big Band leader, Bill Dayton, on the S.S. Brittanis Caribbean cruise ship.



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