Stardust Memories Big Band

 

Craig Christman, Band Leader
Bringing You the Best in Big Band
Entertainment!

2018 Outdoor Concert Schedule

Cambier Park and Riverside Park

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"...... it was Benny Goodman who officially launched the Big Band Era one night in 1935 at the Palomar Ballroom in LA. Benny and his musicians were tired of the boring dance music they were churning out .... and on the final night of his engagement he defiantly broke out into a wild, swinging session .... The crowd went wild and The King of Swing was crowned that night.

The Big Band Era developed from thereon ..... dance pavilions, ballrooms, and large motion picture stages where Big Bands performed to standing room only patrons.

Big Band leaders became the celebrities of the day .... "

"STARDUST - The Bible of the Big Bands"
Richard Grudens - 2008

The Stardust Memories Big Band (SMBB) is comprised of some of SW Florida's finest musicians, and was created to carry forward the legacy of this true and original American art form to dance venues and the concert stage through public and private performances.

The SMBB plays the original arrangements made famous by the great bands and band leaders, including:

Count Basie
Duke Ellington
Benny Goodman
Harry James
Buddy Rich

Les Brown
Maynard Ferguson
Gordon Goodwin
Stan Kenton
Doc Severinsen

Tommy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey
Woody Herman
Glenn Miller
Artie Shaw

and many, many more!

 

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Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman

 

Glenn Miller

Glenn Miller

 

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington