Big Band Dreams and Schemes

ShazDanceHaving started and run two big bands to date, I’m currently luvin’ my Microsoft Jazz Band. For the upcoming 2012 season though big changes are in the mix. First, I finally have a functioning brain trust  committee and one that is invested in making the band something to rave about.

So what’s in the works for next year? Here are some of the things we are working on:

    • New branding and name. I want to separate the band from the recordings and rep based on being a new band with a very small following. And we want the name to be unique and soul grabbing. We have the concept in mind and now we need to codify it.
    • Theme song. As part of the branding process we have selected a unique un-copyrighted song that we can use as our them song. When people hear this song in Seattle, we want them to think of this band.
    • New regular venue. If we operate out of a monthly gig at a nice dance hall we will start to generate a group of faithful followers. This really is a stretch goal for us. But other bands have done it successfully.

We are making our way through some new book defining charts and conducted a reading session this week at practice. My nominated chart was Basie’s “Sleepwalker’s Serenade”. It was met with a hardy Yes! So it is in the book. Enjoy.

Cut taken from “The Complete Atomic Basie” CD available at

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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