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Boulder Big Band Jazz Band from Boulder, CO

Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 9 Reviews
  • 14 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2012
  • 1 Award or Badge
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $800 per event

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Since 1997, The Boulder Big Band has been regularly entertaining audiences at festivals, concerts, banquets, weddings, parties, Oktoberfest celebrations, and community & corporate events across Colorado's Front Range. We are an authentic 20 piece jazz orchestra that plays everything from W.C. Handy to Herbie Hancock, but specialize in the great Swing-Era sounds of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, and other jazz royalty. Founded in 1997 by local Boulder trumpet legend John Hoffman, the band is composed of talented and inspired musicians, most of whom have established their careers outside of the music industry and just play for the love of jazz. Our dedication to a quality sound and the fact that we aren't looking to feed our families off of your gig money make us an elegant - and surprisingly affordable - entertainment option. And Big Band Swing is back in style! Nothing matches the energy of live breath through live horns. This is the real deal, not a small combo trying to play swing time. We play the original arrangements with full instrumentation. Just imagine ... 5 saxes, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, guitar, bass, and drums, plus talented jazz singers. We make a big, exciting sound ... indoors or out! To complement our traditional jazz library, we also have a large and ever-expanding set of jazzy holiday tunes for your year-end party, as well as an entire book of authentic German polkas that we regularly perform during Oktoberfest parties and upon request. For the polka gigs we'll break the band down into what we call the "Little Big Band", comprised of between 5 - 11 players depending on the venue and client requirements. But for any type of performance we are always delighted to accommodate all of your special song requests, so long as we have enough notice to purchase the charts and rehearse the music. We also provide a PA system and are happy to play any pre-recorded music of your choosing when the band is on break. Although we certainly prefer to play as a full 20-piece band, we're more than happy to hire-out our 5-piece rhythm section to accommodate smaller events and/or venues where a full jazz orchestra just won't work. We can add a singer and a horn or two to this arrangement if requested ... contact us for more details. The Boulder Big Band stays in constant communication with our clients prior to a gig to make sure we are creating a set list that will deliver a professional quality sound at an amateur rate. Fees include all of our transportation, travel, and setup time. Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you would like a suggested set list for your event. We also invite you to come meet the band and hear us play at any of our regular rehearsals, Tuesday evenings in Lafayette. Contact us for the exact time and location. Thank you for considering The Boulder Big Band for your very special occasion, and we look forward to entertaining you!


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Review by Princess W.

Oktoberfest PartyReviewed on September 16, 2018From Englewood, CO

I work with 100’s of bands and this band was amazing! I was so impressed with their talent and flexibility! If you want incredible sound and no hassle to work with this band is the one to hire! I will use them again and again for my future events!

Review by Leah J.

Wedding ReceptionReviewed on October 9, 2017From Boulder, CO

The Boulder Big Band played for our wedding reception, and they were absolutely terrific! We were a little nervous about hiring a traditional band with all the different age groups that would be attending our wedding, however, we are so happy we found them because they really turned our reception into a party! Everyone of all ages truly enjoyed their performance, and out of all the special details that we put into our wedding, our band was the one thing our guests complimented us on the most. The Boulder Big Band is a group of talented musicians who can really put on a show, I would recommend them to anyone who is looking to hire a band in the surrounding area!

Review by Catherine B.

Oktoberfest PartyReviewed on October 7, 2017From Boulder, CO

Thank you Boulder Big Band! Your Oompah band made our event wonderful. A multitude of guests commented that the band was outstanding. They loved seeing live music. Our Oktoberfest Disaster Relief opportunity is netting almost $5k to hurricane relief - having you there lending ambiance, professionalism and FUN! created the backdrop for this success. With gratitude to each of you, Catherine Burgess

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  • (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 | Nat King Cole
  • A Night in Tunisia | Dizzy Gillespie
  • A String of Pearls | Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • A Tisket A Tasket | Ella Fitzgerald
  • All or Nothing at All | Frank Sinatra
  • American Patrol | Glenn Miller
  • Basicly Blues | Buddy Rich Big Band
  • Basin Street Blues | Louis Armstrong
  • Bésame Mucho | Consuelo Velázquez
  • Big Schwing Face | Buddy Rich Big Band
  • Blue Skies | Benny Goodman
  • Chattanooga Choo-Choo | Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Fly Me to the Moon | Johnny Mathis
  • Georgia On My Mind | Hoagy Carmichael
  • Groovin' Hard | Buddy Rich
  • Hay Burner | Count Basie
  • In a Mellow Tone | Duke Ellington
  • In The Mood | Glenn Miller
  • Intermission Riff | Stan Kenton
  • Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby | Louis Jordan
  • It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Aint Got That Swing) | Duke Ellington
  • Leap Frog | Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Li'l' Darlin' | Count Basie
  • Love For Sale | Buddy Rich
  • Lullaby of Birdland | Ella Fitzgerald
  • Mack the Knife | Louis Armstrong
  • Midnight Sun | Benny Goodman Quartet featuring Lionel Hampton
  • Misty | Johnny Mathis
  • Moonlight Serenade | Glenn Miller
  • Moten Swing | Count Basie
  • New York New York | Frank Sinatra
  • One O'Clock Jump | Count Basie
  • Orange Colored Sky | Nat King Cole with the Stan Kenton orchestra
  • Pennsylvania 6-5000 | Glenn Miller
  • Pink Panther Theme | Henry Mancini
  • Queen Bee | Count Basie Orchestra
  • Quincy and the Count | Sammy Nestico
  • Rock-a-Bye Your Baby | Al Jolson
  • S' Wonderful | George Gershwin
  • Satin Doll | Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
  • Sentimental Journey | es Brown orchestra with Doris Day
  • Sing Sing Sing | Benny Goodman
  • Someone to Watch Over Me | George and Ira Gershwin
  • St. Louis Blues | Glenn Miller
  • Stardust | Hoagy Carmichael
  • Stompin' at the Savoy | Chick Webb & Benny Goodman
  • Straighten Up and Fly Right | Nat King Cole
  • Summertime | George Gershwin
  • Sweet Georgia Brown | Count Basie
  • Take the "A" Train | Count Bassie
  • Too Darn Hot | Cole Porter
  • Tuxedo Junction | Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Unforgettable | Nat King Cole
  • When I Fall In Love | Nat King Cole
  • Wind Machine | Count Basie
  • Woodchoppers Ball | Woody Herman Orchestra
  • Yesterday | The Beatles

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Past Events

December 13, 2019 • Community Event
Fri2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Longmont, CO
December 2, 2018 • FUMCLAF Winter Extravaganza
Sun7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Lafayette, CO
September 30, 2018 • Grace Lutheran Oktoberfest
Sun12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Boulder, CO
September 29, 2018 • Oktoberfest Party - Private
Sat5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Boulder, CO
September 22, 2018 • 2nd Annual Wurst Party Ever
Sat8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Boulder, CO
September 21, 2018 • JAMLAC Fundraiser - Mile High Station
Fri5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Denver, CO
September 15, 2018 • Oktoberfest Party
Sat5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Englewood, CO
May 26, 2018 • The Merc
Sat7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Jamestown, CO
February 2, 2018 • KidsTek Charity Gala, Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Fri6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Denver, CO
December 15, 2017 • Alliance Residential Holiday Party
Fri6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Highlands Ranch, CO
December 3, 2017 • FUMCLAF Winter Extravaganza
Sun6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Lafayette, CO
October 28, 2017 • Cocktail Party
Sat5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Boulder, CO

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