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The Gateway City Big Band is a 17-piece dance band with two vocalists that has been entertaining audiences in the St. Louis area and beyond since 1966. As a non-profit organization, the band plays predominantly for charitable and civic events and has given several thousand dollars in scholarships to young musicians for summer jazz camps. The band’s schedule includes a weekly rehearsal along with about 20-25 engagements a year, with many of the arrangements being the original big band charts.
The band has made a number of recordings, most recently "Swingin' For 40 Years" to celebrate our 40th Anniversary and "Live at the Casa Loma", made up of live recordings from the St. Louis Casa Loma Ballroom. Other recordings include "Dedication", which was dedicated to band supporter "Cactus" Charlie Menees and former leader Jim Bolen, and "Let's Go Dancing".
A number of the band's members have toured with national dance bands such as the Jan Garber, Sammy Kaye, Dick Jurgens and Stan Kenton bands.
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The Gateway City Big Band has performed in some of St. Louis' premier musical and dance venues, including the historic Fox Theatre, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Khorissan Room at the Chase Park Plaza and St. Louis Casa Loma Ballroom, and was a featured guest at the International Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, Iowa
Gateway City Big Band
The Gateway City Big Band, Inc., a non-profit corporation, provides advanced jazz education and performance opportunities for participating musicians. Through its performances, it strives to promote public awareness of the “big band” style of music, to encourage and support music education at the secondary school level, and to assist other non-profit groups with fundraising.
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