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Michael Pesanelly and His Brockton Orchestra

Michael Pesanelly and His Brockton Orchestra

Michael Pesanelli and his orchestra played in New England—primarily in venues on Cape Cod—in the 1920's and 1930's. Michael also acted as Musical Director for Gus Sullivan's Arcadians—a group that played at the Mid-Cape Gardens in the 1920's. Located in West Harwich/Harwichport, the venue was later renamed "The Arcadia".

When performing, "Mike", chose to end his name with a "y" instead of an "i" because he liked the look of it in advertisements and to appear less "Italian" so that it would also appeal to a broader audience.

If you have any information on Michael, the members of his orchestra or other dates and times when they performed, please fell free to contact us at


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