Shafter Big Band – Smooth Dancers Gig

This gig was a total blast to play. I haven’t been a part of a big band in a very long time, so it was nice playing for dancers my first time out, whose music appreciation is shown in a very energetic way. Having been a lindy hopper in my younger days, I definitely understood the applause we received for classic tunes like Jump, Jive An’ Wail and Just A Gigolo (non medley arrangement).

There were, however, some challenges for this venue. The stage was very small for such a large ensemble, and the acoustics had a ton of echo.

All in all, I think the gig was a huge success and a ton of fun. I’m pretty stoked to be a part of such a great band packed with talented players, and I’m definitely looking forward to our next outing!


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