Boulder Big Band

Jazz Band from Boulder, CO - Will travel up to 100 miles
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We're celebrating our 20th birthday in 2017, and that means BIG savings for you! From now through the end of the year, all of our initial bids will be reduced by 20% off our regular hourly rate. But these discounted bids will expire after about a week, so don't delay taking advantage of this terrific offer!

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 specializes 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, drums and vibes, plus two of the finest jazz singers in the state, Jesse Garland and Ted Atwood. 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 one or two horns to this arrangement as well 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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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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Boulder Big Band will knock your socks off! We booked them for our wedding reception and our guests (and venue) were raving about how fantastic the band was and how refreshing it was to hear classic big band swing at a wedding instead of a DJ. Their sound is incredible and they executed every song on our set list flawlessly. Ted (their singer for our event) brought us back in time to the days of the crooner. John (manager) is easy to contact and quick to respond with any questions. Boulder Big Band is so easy to work with, I highly recommend them to anyone!

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