Big Band Links
Here are a few select links of interest to those who like the world of the
Big Band. We'll add more as we find them. If any link fails to function,
please let us know so we can fix the problem or delete the link.
"Big Bands & Great Ballrooms America Is Dancing. . . Again"
Author Jack Behrens has written a fine book on the resurgence of dancing and current big bands.
A First rate wedding planner and location.
The award winning White Dove Chapel is internationally known as a fine "country church' setting for a wonderful traditional wedding. Give them a call and plan the event of your lifetime.
Remember to tell them we sent you and come right back here to book the band!
The Northern California Lindy Society
This site contains all kinds of resources for those who love to dance or listen to swing music. You'll find out where the bands are playing...tips on "Retro Fashion"...Books on the Swing Era...and loads of interesting links. If swing is your thing...Jump off here!
The Sentimental Journey Orchestra
The premier Big Band of Atlanta, GA and the Mid South. Now in its fourth decade!"
The Night and Day Orchestra
This Texas band is a powerhouse between Houston Tx and New Orleans, La.
The Commodores Big Band
The Commodores' territory is Victoria BC. They have been together over thirty years and keep that part of the world swinging!
ConChord Big Band
This fine website features an English Big Band called "The ConChord Big Band..
The CCBB is a highly entertaining showband with a wide repertoire that covers big band swing, Jazz, pops and movie and stage music.
The band is located in West Sussex, England, midway between London and the English Channel. Their manager is Frank Osborne, one of the class acts of the UK Big Band scene.
Compaq Big Band
This excellent Boston area band is made up of present and former computer people.
Compaq has no limits to its ambition or its level of talent. They have two fine
CDs available and have played many places including a tour of the UK. Lauren Meehan sang with Compaq prior to her move to North Carolina.
The For Dancers Only Orchestra
Jeff Slonaker manages this fine band covering the Winchesster Shenandoah Valley area in Virginia.
The Radiodaze Big Band
Nashville,TN is not all Country Music. Radiodaze keeps up the big band tradition there quite well, including a fine vocal group.
Tom Smith Big Band
Tom Smith Big Band, from Long Island, New York is a 19 piece orchestra featuring Classic Swing Music and Sinatra. Hear the authentic sounds of Miller, Goodman, Dorsey, James, and Basie. Swing and jazz bands for weddings, dances, festivals and corporate events.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Under the leadership of Nick Hilsher the GMO continues as the best and longest running of Big Band links to the past. Much of Miller's
legacy remains in the showmanship and organization that is a lesson for any band, and of course the many hit tunes that are as fresh today as the day they were
A nice tribute to the "King of Swing!" Contains audio
A Few Artist Fan Sites
Duke Ellington Society
A very well-designed, award-winning site containing a
wealth of information on one of America's musical giants. You'll even find
some audio clips!
Billie Holiday Home Page
Another great site! You'll find a discography,
filmography, sound files and much, much more!
Cole Porter Home Page
Another American musical giant. This site features
a Biography, Books, Movies/ Lyrics, Discography and a searchable Cole Porter
Sites Of Particular Interest
Yeo Home Page
Doug is the principal Bass Trombonist of the Boston
Symphony. His page is full of many things of interest to instrumentalists
of all persuasions, as well as many things of specific interest to the
low brass player. The page is one of the best designed pages on the net.
A very good trumpet player's resource page
A University of Wisconsin sponsored site, full
of examples, sound clips, sources, extensive links and more.
According to it's opening blurb..."If you're a
Saxophonist, you're home now!" Lots of resources on this page.
Here you'll find articles about trombones and
trombonists, reviews of trombone recordings, reviews of new music, technical
articles, mutes, mouthpieces and much more.
The Callanwolde Concert Band
This is the recruiting website for one of the country's great community bands, The Callanwolde Concert Band of Atlanta GA. This group, with its high standard of musicianship has been a force in the "recycling" of hundreds of adult musicians who otherwise would have been lost to the TV set. This group has inspired several splinter groups, many of which have become well known in their own right, notably the above-mentioned "Sentimental Journey Orchestra".
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