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With the hub of St. Louis, MO we are a modern-day territory band performing throughout the Midwest.
Territory bands were dance bands that crisscrossed specific regions of the United States from the 1920s through the 1960s. Beginning in the 1920s, the bands typically had 8 to 12 musicians. At the height of the industry over 7,000 musicians were employed. These bands filled the gap between local bands and nationally touring acts. Many of the most remembered jazz musicians got their start in territory bands before setting out on their own.
The STL Big Band plays the music of Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and many contemporary artists. With a repertoire of over 200 songs spanning multiple eras the St. Louis Big Band is perfect for any occasion including weddings, dances, and concerts. We're not your grandma's big band!
The St. Louis Big Band was founded in 2010 by visionary alto saxophonist and composer Ryan Sheehan who was at the time 19 years old. His goal was to create a modern big band that has the energy, emotion, & passion of the great bands of yesteryear.
The 1930s were a time when big bands ruled the charts and over one-thousand 16-18 piece bands toured the country by train, bus, and boat playing the pop music of the day. The style was hot jazz and with vocals from artists like Peggy Lee and screaming clarinet riffs from the likes of Benny Goodman big band music quickly stole the attention of every single American regardless of age, race, or gender.
The St. Louis Big Band seeks to embody the spirit, energy, and passion that originally brought big band music to the forefront of popular music. We respect the past but look toward the future.
We are known for modern interpretations of great American standards as well as unique covers of pop hits. The St. Louis Big Band is available in a 9 to 18 piece format.
The Band is made up of experienced professionals. Many have decades of experience and some have previously worked with the world's top artists. A short list of musicians STLBB members have performed with include Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, 2 time Grammy award winning songwriter Howard Levy of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, The Canadian Brass, Greg Pattillo (The Beatboxing Flutist), and many more.
The St. Louis Big Band has extensive event entertainment experience. Clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as discerning individuals. The band currently has a working relationship with over 60 wedding venues.
The St. Louis Big Band is available in 18, 12, & 9 piece formats.