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The Big Band

The Big Band has been playing its unique style of large group jazz around the Yukon since January 1990. Originally known as the Circumpolar Swing Band because it was formed to provide entertainment at 1990's Circumpolar Health Conference in Whitehorse, the group has been performing at a great variety of events ever since. Past appearances include the Frostbite, Alsek and Dawson City Music Festivals as well as cabaret-style dances at the Yukon Arts Center. The Big Band has also made numerous appearances at banquet/dance events which have included the Canadian Medical Association Annual Convention, the Yukon Law Society Christmas Gala and the Yukon RCMP Centennial Reunion.

The Big Band sets up as a standard stage band with five reeds, four trumpets, three trombones and a three piece rhythm section. Repertoire ranges from the 1940's big band classics to the latest big band arrangements. The range of musical styles which the Big Band can provide makes it possible to tailor the musical program to the event being played. The group is equally comfortable in a concert, dance or program setting and can provide high quality musical entertainment in virtually any venue.

Bookings

The Big Band is incorporated under the Societies Act of Yukon and accepts a limited number of engagements.

Rates vary depending on the type and location of the event being staged. Please direct booking inquiries to our Band Manager via email or phone (867) 456-2792.

Auditions

Are you interested in joining the Big Band as a player?

Over the last 20 years we have had some member turn over - yes, we know, hard to believe - and there are sometimes unfilled positions that we are recruiting for. 

Currently, if you are a TENOR player and are seriously interested in joining the Big Band and you can commit one night a week (Monday nights) to rehearse with the band then please contact us for an audition. You can email the Big Band at info@bigband.ca or call Colleen at (867) 456-2792 to discuss coming out to give it whirl.

Even if you've been away from your instrument for awhile, please feel free to contact us. You should be able to read music and be willing to work with an eclectic dedicated group of musicians. (soon you may be one of the eclectic ones!) 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Upcoming Performances

Christmas Celebration of Music

December 4, 2014 - noon till 1pm
Government of Yukon Main Administration Building
2nd Avenue, Whitehorse

Bring your lunch and hang out


Contact info@bigband.ca to discuss booking the Big Band for your event.

Be sure to check out the site of Big Band vocalist Fawn Fritzen for her upcoming performances

Repertoire

The Big Band's repertoire includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Ain't Misbehavin'
  • All of Me
  • All the Things You Are
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Back Bay Shuffle
  • Basie Straight Ahead
  • Beyond the Sea
  • Birdland
  • Black Coffee
  • Brazil
  • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • Cole's Song
  • Colors of the Wind
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Darn That Dream
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • Every Day I Have the Blues
  • Flintstones, Theme from
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • Forever is Awhile
  • For Once In My Life
  • From a Distance
  • Georgia on My Mind (vocal)
  • Gospel John
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Hayburner
  • Here's That Rainy Day
  • Here, There and Everywhere
  • Hipper By The Dozen
  • Hip To Be Square
  • Home At Last
  • How High The Moon
  • I'm Beginning to See the Light
  • I'm In The Mood for Love
  • In the Mood
  • It Don't Mean a Thing ...
  • It Had To Be You
  • Joy to the World
  • Jumpin' At The Woodside
  • Jump, Jive An' Wail
  • Just The Way You Are
  • Katy
  • Killing Me Softly With His Song
  • Let's Fall in Love
  • Light Vibrations
  • Like Someone in Love
  • Linus and Lucy
  • Mas Que Nada
  • Maybe Today
  • Misty
  • Moon River
  • My Funny Valentine
  • New York, New York; Theme From
  • Night in Tunisia
  • Norwegian Wood
  • On Broadway
  • On The Street Where You Live
  • Opener, The
  • Opus One
  • Peg
  • Revenge of the Chili Peppers
  • Route 66
  • Scoot
  • Send in the Clowns
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll
  • Skylark
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  • Stompin' at the Savoy
  • String of Pearls; A
  • Sugar Blues
  • Summertime
  • Sweet Georgia Brown (vocal)
  • Switch In Time
  • Tequila
  • Theme For Doc
  • They Can't Take That Away From Me
  • Track 24
  • Tuxedo Junction
  • Valero
  • Warm Breeze, A
  • Watch What Happens
  • Wave
  • What Kind of Fool Am I
  • What's New
  • Willow Weep For Me
  • Witchcraft
  • Woodchopper's Ball
  • Ya Gotta Try
  • Yardbird Suite
  • Yesterday
  • Zoot Suit Riot
  • plus many others...