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Vancouver Area Big Bands Directory

The Vancouver area is home to a number of big bands, professional, educational and community based. As a service to the directors, musicians and the jazz audience, I’d like to offer this post as a directory. I’ll start with the bands I know about. Please use the comments to add any I’ve missed, or send us a note.

Professional Big Bands

Band Director
Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra Daniel Hersog
Dal Richards Orchestra Dal Richards
Fred Stride Jazz Orchestra Fred Stride
Hard Rubber Orchestra John Korsrud
Hugh Fraser’s Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI) Hugh Fraser
Jill Townsend Big Band Jill Townsend
Orquesta Goma Dura John Korsrud
Space Elevator Mike WT Allen
Swing Aggregation Dave Guiney
Vancouver Legacy Jazz Orchestra Michael Kim
Jill Townsend Big Band

Jill Townsend Big Band

Community Big Bands

Band Director Location
45th Avenue Jazz Band Jaelem Bhate Richmond
Bruce James Orchestra Bruce James Pitt Meadows
Brock House Big Band Andrew S Clark Vancouver
Carnegie Jazz Band Brad Muirhead Vancouver
Deep Cove Big Band Mark D’Angelo Deep Cove
Fat (Friends and Teachers) Jazz Marcia & Chris Carmichael Coquitlam
Forward Motion Jazz Orchestra Daniel Séguin Vancouver
Golden Ears Jazz Band Rebekkah Bell Maple Ridge
Impressions Big Band Jill Townsend Vancouver
Inlet Jazz Band Andrew Clark Port Moody
Jazz Connexion Christian Morrison North Vancouver
Mighty Fraser Big Band Christian Morrison Surrey
Milleraires Big Band Kris Covlin West Vancouver
The Moonliters Big Band Barry Eggen Abbotsford
New Westminster & District Concert Band Society John White / Kevin White / Adam Jones New Westminster
Night Shift Jazz Max Todd Vancouver
South Van Big Band Alex Viel Vancouver
The Other Big Band Doug Makela Aldergrove
Urbana Big Band Robin Shier Vancouver
West Coast Big Band Michael Kim Vancouver
Vancouver Groove Orchestra Phil Vanderveen / Darrell Penner Vancouver
Mighty Fraser Big Band

Mighty Fraser Big Band

Educational Bands

All the local post-secondary jazz programs feature big band ensembles, including UBC, Capilano University, Douglas College, Vancouver Community College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Other educational venues include the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music Jazz Big Band and the Greater Vancouver Youth Music Academy.


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