The Hal McIntyre Orchestra, a 14-piece big band fondly termed The Band America Loves, will return to the downtown Camden Opera House for a special Mother’s Day concert Sunday, May 14, at 3 p.m.

Last year, the orchestra performed the songs of Peggy Lee along with many other old favorites; this year, the master himself – Frank Sinatra — and his music will be highlighted.    The band tours New England and the United States playing all the beloved swing and big band tunes of the 1930s and ‘40s including “Take the A Train,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “Begin the Beguine” and “Sentimental Journey,” which was McIntyre’s first million-seller recording.

McIntyre played with Benny Goodman and was a founding member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, before starting his own big band. The saxophonist, clarinetist and longtime member of the Glenn Miller orchestra is credited with the now famous “Glenn Miller Sound.” Under the suggestion of Miller and with Miller's financial assistance, he formed his own group.

The Hal McIntyre Orchestra officially opened at The Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1941. It played many major venues throughout the country including New York’s Commodore Hotel, Hollywood’s Palladium Ballroom and Chicago’s Sherman Hotel, as well as overseas for the troops during World War II. The band also played Pres. Roosevelt's birthday party year after year. The band's first major hit was "Sentimental Journey," followed by "The Commando's Serenade," both million sellers, followed again by "The Glow Worm" with The Mills Brothers. The band appeared in four Hollywood movies, and McIntyre was featured as an actor in Glenn Miller movies.

The Hal McIntyre Orchestra toured worldwide and appeared many times on Jackie Gleason’s TV show. When McIntyre died in Hollywood in the late 1950s, his son, Hal Jr., took over and kept the band going. After his death, longtime drummer Don Pentleton was asked by the McIntyre estate to continue the tradition, which he still does today.

“We have had so many requests for music from these eras,” said Kerry Hadley, Opera House manager. “And when this orchestra was here last year, everyone in attendance immediately said, “Please have them back!’”

The performance will feature vocalist Steve Marvin. One of America's leading Sinatra vocalists, Marvin truly captures the essence of the Sinatra style, attitude and stage presence.

Reserved seating tickets are $28, $12 for children younger than 16. Advance tickets are available at camdenoperahouse.com; at 536-5850; and for no-fee weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Camden Town Office.

The box office opens Sunday at 2 p.m. Fireside Restaurant and Lounge of Camden will be set up in the Tucker Room of the opera house to serve gourmet pizza, craft beer and wines to ticketholders, through intermission.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.