The North Coast Concert Band has become popular with audiences throughout northwest Ohio.
When the band first began rehearsing, it borrowed music from area high schools.
It now has its own library that includes marches, medleys, holiday music, music for soloists, vocalists, small ensembles with band accompaniment and symphonic band works by composers from several eras.
Formal concerts are scheduled usually in December, March and May, and the band performs at outdoor venues in Sandusky, Tiffin, Fremont, Marblehead and on Kelleys Island in the summer months.
The North Coast Big Band was formed in 1987 by members of the North Coast Concert Band who expressed a desire to play the music of America's big bands of the 1930-50s.
The first rehearsal was held after a regular Tuesday night Concert Band rehearsal, reading through music borrowed from an area high school.
From the beginning the musicians knew something good was happening.
The next North Coast Concert Band concert provided the first opportunity for the new group to perform publicly.
The response of the audience was phenomenal -- the North Coast Big Band was a a hit!
The Big Band is part of every concert performed by the North Coast Concert Band during the regular concert season.
The North Coast Big Band also plays for private events such as dances and receptions throughout the year.
The repertoire includes traditional big-band music made popular by bands such as those led by Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
Also in the Big Band's collection are jazz arrangements and classic rock.
The North Coast Big Band welcomes opportunities to share its music. Contact Gary Keller by phone at 419-373-0560 or by mail at 1416 Muirfield Drive, Bowling Green, OH 43402.