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Baltimore-Area Big Bands Abounding

Trumpeter Scott Stansfield heard Stan Kenton’s big band at Towson State College in 1983, when he was in sixth grade. In his subsequent school report Stansfield vowed to have a band like that someday. Two years ago he fulfilled his dream by starting the Melting Pot Big Band. | Read more>>

Tribute to Norma Allman

While researching Baltimore-area big bands for our Winter 2018 hard-copy newsletter, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that a retirement community, Carroll Lutheran Village, in Westminster, had its own big band, the Never Too Late Band. I was amazed to learn that its leader was a 90-year-old trombonist, Norma Allman. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – The Capitol Limited Orchestra

Dale Corn is a 37-year-old vocalist and railroad engineer, which explains the alternate name for his big band: The Capitol Limited Orchestra. Corn started the band twelve years ago. It is not an ongoing ensemble; rather, Corn assembles it as he books performances, working with a core rhythm section and section leaders. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – Crabtowne Big Band

Founded in 1981 by baritone saxophonist Mike Mileski, Crabtowne Big Band has been led since 2012 by sax and clarinet player Bill Yakaitis, the only member left from the band’s inception. That’s not the only tribute to Yakaitis’s staying power: he also taught elementary band in Anne Arundel County for 47 years! | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – Columbia Big Band

In 2015 many members of the Columbia Concert Band wanted to play jazz, but Columbia Jazz Band was full, so they created Columbia Big Band and affiliated it with the aforementioned concert band. Columbia Big Band has since been directed by Robert Miller and managed by Tom Drake. | Read more>>