Trumpet legend Doc Severinsen will step down as principal conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra's Weekender Pops Series at the end of the 2006-07 season, reports the Associated Press.
When he departs his Minnesota post in 2007, he will also step down from a similar pops position with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, according to the AP. The Minnesota Orchestra will appoint Severinsen Pops conductor laureate.
Severinsen began his career playing with the big bands of the 1940s. He joined Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show" in 1962 and became its music director five years later.
"Doc Severinsen is absolutely one of a kind," Minnesota Orchestra president and CEO Tony Woodcock told the AP. "He has held many roles here — trumpeter, conductor, educator, showman and all-around personality — and has embraced each of them with unparalleled style and enthusiasm. He has a tremendous connection with our audiences, and this will be his legacy in Minnesota: a true musician who found his greatest joy in sharing music with colleagues and audiences."