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, we offer this post as a directory. Please use the comments to let us know if we’ve missed any, 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
Jaelem Bhate Jazz Orchestra Jaelem Bhate
Jill Townsend Big Band Jill Townsend
Orquesta Goma Dura John Korsrud
Sister Jazz Orchestra Christian Morrison
Space Elevator Mike WT Allen
Swing Aggregation Dave Guiney
Vancouver Legacy Jazz Orchestra Michael Kim
WOW Jazz Orchestra Jack Stafford
Jill Townsend Big Band

Jill Townsend Big Band

Community Big Bands

Band Director Location
An Accidental Jazz Band Guenter Schulz North Vancouver
Brass and Saxy Jazz Big Band Laura Genovese Vancouver
Bruce James Orchestra Bruce James Pitt Meadows
Brock House Big Band Andrew S Clark Vancouver
Carnegie Jazz Band Brad Muirhead Vancouver
Creek Big Band Graham Ord Sunshine Coast
Deep Cove Big Band Mark D’Angelo Deep Cove
FAT Jazz Marcia & Chris Carmichael Coquitlam
Forward Motion Jazz Orchestra Daniel Séguin Vancouver
Golden Ears Jazz Band Rebekkah Bell Maple Ridge
Happiest Big Band on Earth Matt Grinke Vancouver
Impressions Big Band Jill Townsend Vancouver
Inlet Jazz Band Andrew Clark Port Moody
Jazz Connexion Christian Morrison North Vancouver
Mighty Fraser Big Band TBD Surrey
Milleraires Big Band Kris Covlin West Vancouver
The Moonliters Big Band Barry Eggen Abbotsford
New Westminster & District Concert Band Society Brent Taylor New Westminster
Night Shift Jazz Max Todd Vancouver
Sanctuary All Stars Bob Liley Vancouver
South Van Big Band Gordon Deyell 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 music programs feature big band ensembles, including UBC, Capilano University, Douglas College, and Vancouver Community College.

Other educational venues include the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music Jazz Big Band and the Greater Vancouver Youth Music Academy. There are also a number of high school big bands.


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