Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Clarinetists leading big bands. Who knows how it started? Who knows why it ended? And who cares?! The point is it’s a thing. Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, and then…? It seems clear that the world has been waiting for it’s next clarinetist run big band.

Well HELLO world! You can stop waiting and start writing this date in your calendar:

September 13, 2 – 4:30pm, (doors open at 1:30)
At St James Community Square (3214 W 10th Ave)
Tickets are only $15 ($12 for students) and kids under 5 are FREE.
Click HERE to purchase your tickets online.

That’s right. We’re building

on the fun New Orleans brass band inspired sound of The Hummingbird Brigade and turning it into BIG band music! 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 4 saxes, bass, drums, and a CLARINET. Also included is our special guest, the talented singer/MC Kia Kadiri. Come on!

Why go to the trouble of writing music for such a BIG band? Because I’m a composer darn it, and composers like to compose for ensembles with range. A range of tonal colours, a range of dynamics, a range of soloists, etc. Imagine a painter getting to paint on a 10 x 12 canvas; there’s just so much you could do! It’s very exciting.

Also exciting? There will be beer and wine available at the show. Sunday afternoon beers? One of my favourite things to do!

It’s an all-ages, family friendly show so if you like fun music and drinks then PLEASE come out and support us. It’s a big group to put together so we’d sure love to see a full house.

Get your tickets online here or risk waiting until the day and buy them at the door.

Okay, I have to get back to work on this music!

Thanks for reading and have a great week. jd1