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The Dave Banks Big Band provides the best in the Big Band sound. We play modern arrangements from the top new composers as well as well known standards from the great big band era. Our staff arrangers have written several pieces specifically for our band.

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Our goal is to provide our audience with an exciting, uplifting evening of music, whether it is in a show, concert, reception or dance setting.  We strive to challenge our musicians with the best music to play, while keeping the communication with the audience our priority. 

   The Dave Banks Big Band is currently scheduling bookings for its 2015 season.  We also plan to do concerts and clinics for schools to raise the awareness of big band music and jazz education.  You can book us directly for your next event, show, wedding, party, dance, or convention by contacting us via email at dbanks1@neo.rr.com or calling 330-472-2512.

The Dave Banks Big Band Personnel:
Dave Banks, Leader, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocalist
Don Turoso, Alto Saxophone-Director of Jazz, Jackson High School
George Shernit, Alto Saxophone-Contractor, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
Bob Esterle, Tenor Saxophone- Glenn Miller Orchestra
Dave Kana, Tenor Saxophone, Jamie Abersold clinician and Tenor great
Richard Willis, Baritone Saxophone-Formerly with the Carousel Dinner Theatre Orchestra
John English, 1st trumpet and leader, Special Request Orchestra
Jack Schantz, Trumpet, Flugelhorn-Director of Jazz Studies, The University of Akron
Erik Gimble, Lead Trumpet with Vaughan Weister's Famous Jazz Orchestra
Chris DeMarco, Director of Jazz, Cuyahoga Falls City Schools
George Carr, Trombone- Split lead trombone, Ernie Krivda's Fat Tuesday Big Band
Chas Baker, Trombone-Director of Jazz Studies, Kent State University
Pete Cumming, Trombone- Brass Instrument Rep, United Musical Instruments
Phillip Brice, Trombone- Las Vegas Showroom Veteran
Paul Ferguson, Trombone- Director of Jazz Studies, Cast Western Reserve University
Scott Garlock, Bass Trombone- Director of Jazz Studies, Ashland University
Alex Hoyt, Piano-Playhosue Square pianist
Kevin DeSimone-Pianist and recording artist
Theron Brown-Pianist, recording artist, and actor
Chris Conway, Bass, Special Request Orchestra
Dave Hammer, Guitar, Special Request Orchestra
Billy Joe Wiseman, Guitar, Los Angeles Session Musician
Mark Gonder, Drums-Featured drummer, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra,
                        Music Faculty at The University of Akron, Cleveland State University

Michael Sonata, Vocalist- Frank Sinatra Specialist
John Morton, After Dark Production Leader, Recording Artist
Shannon Eller, Big Band, Jazz, Broadway and Opera Singer
Paul Hoffman, Cleveland Cabaret Artist
Nicholas Brooks, Las Vegas Performer
Michael Baglino, Sinatra Artist, Florida and Las Vegas
Stan Davis, Sammy Davis Tribute Artist
Peggy Coyle, Vocalist, Akron's favorite female singer!
Marsha Newman, Vocalist-Leads the Art Company Orchestra.
Barb Knight, Popular Big Band Singer all over the mid-west!
Walt Sanders, Elvis Tribute Artist
Tony Robinson, Northeast Ohio's R+B Specialist
Mery White, Recording artist and Akron's top R+B female vocalist

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Our Leader-Dave Banks

     David Banks has returned to the Northeast Ohio area after a twenty-year career in Las Vegas, Nevada. He performed in over 4000 shows there including numerous top production shows including six years with the "City Lights" Show at the Flamingo Hilton and the "Moulin Rouge" at the Las Vegas Hilton. He worked with virtually every major entertainer in show business on the famous Las Vegas Strip and also was a member of the renowned Lou Elias Relief Orchestra. He also found time to perform with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra, The Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Nevada Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Banks was on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas serving as Trumpet Instructor and also was Assistant Director of Bands as well. His educational experience also included 10 years as the Director of Music at Bishop Gorman High School. Since his return to the area, David is on the faculty of Walsh Jesuit High School and is in his 15th year teaching music and drama. He is in demand as a lead trumpeter in Northeast Ohio. He performs regularly with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, having recorded CDs with them as well as CDs for the Paul Ferguson Orchestra and Helen Welch. Dave has served as Lead Trumpet in several shows at Playhouse Square, E.J. Thomas Hall, The Carousel Dinner Theatre and Porthouse Theater performing for professional productions of "Anything Goes," "Beauty and the Beast," "Brigadoon," "Chicago," "Parade,""The Producers," "Ragtime," 42nd Street, "Guys and Dolls," "Thoroughly Modern Millie,""Hairspray" "The Drowsy Chaparone," "Sweet Charity," "West Side Story," "Swing," and "All Shook Up." He leads his own jazz big band, "The Dave Banks Big Band," made up of some of the finest professional musicians in Northeast Ohio. "It has been my desire to bring the sound of a roaring, professional big band to life here in Akron," Dave says. He plays on the Dave Banks Custom Calicchio Trumpet and Flugelhorn and represents Calicchio Trumpets. He plays on the Dave Banks Signature Trumpet Mouthpiece designed by Legends Brass.

One of our feature Venue's: The Cleveland Bop Stop

The DBBB at the Kent Stage

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