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Boulder Big Band

Jazz Band from Boulder, CO - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$800 - $15000 per event
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About
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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Oktoberfest Party

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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!

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Wedding Reception

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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!

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Oktoberfest Party

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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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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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Please note Boulder Big Band will also travel to Eldorado Springs, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie, Broomfield, Pinecliffe, Longmont, Niwot, Arvada, Hygiene, Jamestown, Westminster, Golden, Eastlake, Denver, Nederland, Dacono, Frederick, Rollinsville, Lyons, Ward, Wheat Ridge, Fort Lupton, Mead, Dupont, Henderson, Lakewood, Berthoud, Commerce City, Firestone.
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