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THE BIG BAND SOUND JAZZ ORCHESTRA


The Big Band Sound 20-piece jazz orchestra recreates the swinging sounds of the big band era, performing compositions that span an entire century of music,including classics made famous by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Harry James and Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey. In the tradition of these great orchestras, The Big Band Sound is a 20-piece jazz band consisting of six saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, guitar, bass, piano, drums, and male and female vocalists.

The Big Band Sound has an active library of hundreds of compositions, from jumping jive to slow and sweet, all to bring the brassy big band era boisterously to life. The foundation of the band's repertoire is based firmly in the classic swing era of the 1930s and 1940s with all those golden hits, but the band also performs a wide variety of music from the 1950s through today that continue the tradition of the stirring, full-bodied sounds of the big bands. The Big Band Sound performs the greatest music in the world in the most exciting setting of a live big band!


The Big Band Sound is based in Poughkeepsie, NewYork and has received rave reviews while performing throughout the Hudson Valley ever since 1975, including concerts, dances and shows at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Mohonk Mountain House, Sharon Playhouse, Vanderbilt Mansion, Mills Mansion, Locust Grove, Bard College, Vassar College, Marist College, Dutchess Community College, the Culinary Institute of America, West Point, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, and local parks and festivals, in addition to appearing at private events and on local radio stations.

Notable appearances of The Big Band Sound include being the only big band ever invited to perform at the world famous Clearwater Festival, being featured on the nationally syndicated American Standards By The Sea radio show, being featured on the nationally syndicated Jim Lowe & Company radio show, accompanying singing star Julius LaRosa, being the on-stage big band for a local production of the Broadway musical "The 1940's Radio Hour", producing our own "Glenn Miller and Count Basie Centennial" and "The Best of the Big Bands" events, and co-producing our original "Broadway! Big Band Style" show along with County Players.


The Big Band Sound has recorded three CDs, each containing over 73 minutes of the swingingest big band tunes! Swingin' In Poughkeepsie! is our newest recording and includes a variety of romantic standards and swinging favorites,
And The Angels Swing! Live! contains a wide selection of up-tempo classics as well as beautiful ballads and Live and Swingin'! is full of great tunes for swing dancing all night long!

Please check out our schedule of upcoming events to find out where you can listen and dance to the swinging sounds of The Big Band Sound. You're welcome to visit this site often - new events are constantly being added. We hope to see you at a dance or concert soon!

The Big Band Sound is run as a cooperative orchestra.

For big bands and school jazz ensembles, The Big Band Sound's staff arranger has published a selection of big band charts for purchase.

If you'd like to inquire about having The Big Band Sound jazz orchestra perform at your function or if you'd like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Dave Cole at dave@thebigbandsound.com

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