Big Band Day

Sep 15, 2018

The sounds of horns, strings and woodwind are coming to downtown Peterborough for Big Band Day.

This free concert returns following a successful launch in 2017. This year’s event will be Saturday, September 15 from 12 to 4 pm in the Peterborough Square Courtyard at the corner of Water and Charlotte streets. A tentative rain date is scheduled for Sept. 29.

“Big Band Day is a lot of fun with some lively swing and jazz classics,” says Terry Guiel, DBIA Executive Director. “We really wanted to bring a type of music to the downtown that you seldom hear outdoors. There’s something about hearing that big band sound live with a full compliment of musicians that you just won’t find anywhere else.”

The 2018 Big Band Day lineup is:

• 12 pm — Peterborough Concert Band

• 1 pm — Knightshift

• 2 pm — The L’ll Big Band

• 3 pm — Dixie Cats

The Peterborough Concert Band is a 40+ piece wind ensemble that can trace its lineage as Peterborough’s community band back to 1858. Before TV, video games and smart phones, live concert band music was an entertainment mainstay for Peterborough residents of all ages and walks of life.

“We are delighted with the opportunity to re-introduce Peterborough residents to their musical roots by participating in the DBIA’s Big Band Day and sharing selections from our repertoire of traditional marches, Broadway show tunes, classical gems, contemporary pop and rock, and novelty pieces,” says Diana Abraham, President of the Peterborough Concert Band Board of Directors.

Knightshift plays the classics that continue to stand the test of time.

“It's legendary music by musical giants of swing: Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Johnny Mercer, Bobby Kinsman, Del Crary, Frank, Louis, The Duke, The Count,” says Tim Rowat. “We play real instruments that need air, not electricity.”

The L'll Big Band has seventeen members with instrumentation built upon a model popular in the big band era. They specialise in performing for dances and provide hits of the famous big bands, often using the original arrangements made famous by bands like Count Basie, The Dorsey Brothers, Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich.

“We have a large repertoire and can perform a wide variety of music ranging from old chestnuts like ‘In the Mood,’ to more modern arrangements of music by artists such as Stevie Wonder and The Beach Boys!” says Ken Abraham. “The DBIA-sponsored Big Band Day affords us a wonderful opportunity to promote the authentic Big Band sound which we love to perform and share with audiences of all ages.”

The Dixie Cats are an 8-piece traditional dixieland jazz band that has been playing in Peterborough and area since 1994. Over the past almost 25 years at least 50 local musicians have played in the band.  

“We are thrilled to be a part of the second Big Band Day,” says Paul Cragg. “While we may not be big in numbers, we are big enthusiasts of live music in Peterborough."

AuthorJoel Wiebe

Date Posted Jul 4, 2018, 6:10 pm