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

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 Les Brown Tommy Dorsey
Duke Ellington Maynard Ferguson Jimmy Dorsey
Benny Goodman Gordon Goodwin Woody Herman
Harry James Stan Kenton Glenn Miller
Buddy Rich Doc Severinsen Artie Shaw

and many, many more!


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Benny Goodman


Benny Goodman


Glenn Miller


Glenn Miller



Duke Ellington


Artie Shaw


Artie Shaw


Tommy Dorsey


Tommy Dorsey