John Noble

DuBOIS — When John Noble returns to sing at Treasure Lake next month, it might come as something of a surprise. Most people, he said, remember him for playing football, running track and wrestling while he was attending the DuBois Area School District.

“As a young kid, he said, “it wasn’t cool to be musical and an athlete.”

But there was one person who Noble said he listened to growing up that made it cool: Frank Sinatra. And for the past several years, the Greensburg lawyer has been singing his songs with a full band in tow.

Next month, Noble and the Murphy’s Music Center Jazz Orchestra will be performing at the Lakeview Lodge to the benefit of Penn Highlands of DuBois. It will be the first time, Noble said, that he will have performed here since starting with the band three years ago.

“It’s just a real thrill for me to be able to come back and perform,” he said.

Noble performs around Pennsylvania and in Greensburg, where he has lived since the early 1980s and owns his own law firm. Growing up in DuBois, he said he sang in the school choir and listened to big band music, but that he didn’t start performing seriously until later in his life.

A relative who acted in local stage productions, he said, convinced him to audition for one in 1991. He wound up being offered the role of Captain Von Trapp in a production of “The Sound of Music,” and said he has since performed in over 100 stage shows.

Three years ago, he said he was introduced to the members of the jazz orchestra through a mutual friend.

“I fell in love with those guys,” he said. “I’ve been singing with them ever since.”

Noble jokes that his favorite Sinatra song changes depending on which one he’s listening to or singing. Every performance, he said, still gives him a thrill, and it gives his audience one too.

“When I sing ‘Strangers in the Night’, people can’t help but sing. And when I sing ‘New York, New York,’ they can’t help but get up and do the kickline,” he said.

Noble and the Murphy’s Music Center Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Lakeview Lodge at Treasure Lake on Feb. 3, 2018. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the DuBois Area YMCA at 25 Parkway Drive, DuBois PA 15801 or at the Lakeview Lodge at 3871 Bay Road, DuBois PA 15801. For more information or to reserve a table, call (814)-590-1116.

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