The Dave Banks Big Band- This powerhouse 17 piece swinging
big band is
based out of Akron, Ohio and is led by Ohio native and 20 year Las Vegas
veteran trumpet artist, Dave Banks.
The band boasts of having the very top
players in the Northeast Ohio area including trumpeter John English, saxophonists
Don Turoso, Bob Esterle and Dave Kana, trombonists Chas Baker, Scott Garlock and drummer Mark Gonder. Dave fronts the band
with his soaring trumpet reminding you of Doc Severinson, Harry James and Maynard Ferguson. This band will definitely make
your event sparkle. Their repertoire ranges from original compositions to standard big band favorites. Featured vocalists
have included Peggy Coyle, Shannon Eller, Marsha Newman, Barb Knight, Helen Welch, Michael Sonata, John Morton, Frederick
Davis and Paul Hoffman.
Their library of big band music includes hit songs arranged by the best writers in the business. They
have played to packed houses at the Cleveland Bop Stop, the Packard Music Hall, Carousel Dinner Theatre, The Tangier
Ballroom and The Kent Stage. They will travel the United States, Canada and Europe and are available for Cruise Ship bookings.
|Vocalist Mery White singing with "Frank Sinatra" impressionist Michael Matone
Our RAT PACK SHOW is
ready for YOU!!
The Dave Banks Big Band is ready to bring the RAT PACK to your event and make
it spectacular! Contact Dave to set up a date at 330-472-2512.
|Dave and members of The Rat Pack!
Have Cause, Will Travel!
your organization need a great fundraising event? Put The Dave Banks Big Band to work for you. We have done 50/50 concerts,
dinner/show/dances and other packages designed to help bring in money for your particular cause. We work with schools as well
as non-profit organizations and will discount rates to fit your budget needs. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and get the
ball rolling for 2013-14.
Children's Concert Society Fundraiser Featured DBBB
One of the things that we pride our band on is helping other
causes succeed. On May 3, the DBBB performed for the Children's Concert Society Fundraising Evening at Todaro's in the Valley.
We also went to Wooster High School May 10 promoting big band music by playing their 2014 Prom! It was a huge success and
the high school students were dancing all night long!
Walsh Jesuit High School's 50th Anniversary To Feature DBBB!
The Dave Banks Big Band will come roaring into Walsh Jesuit High School on September 27 to help
celebrate the school's big 50th Anniversary! Michael Sonata and Shannon Eller will be singing as well as vocal appearances
by WJHS alumni recording artists Mark Leach and Kira Leyden. Information about attending this event will be coming soon.
Next Up: Sinatra Tribute Show in Maumee, Ohio
The Dave Banks Big Band presents
its "Sinatra Tribute Show" at a private corporate event that will be held in Maumee, Ohio on July 19. Michael Sonata reprises
his role as Frank Sinatra, and is backed by the DBBB. While this show is not open to the public, we always stand ready to
bring it to a casino or showroom, so if you want the Ol' Blue Eyes at your place, just let us know!
|Michael Sonata as Frank Sinatra
Featured at the Grand Opening of the Westin Cleveland Hotel
Dave and the gang were in action on June 12 in Cleveland as they
helped to open the newly remodeled Westin Cleveland Hotel. The band roared through some of its modern contemporary line
up of material and featured some of the great instrumental talent like Mark Gonder, Don Turoso, Dave Kana, Bob Esterle, Theron
Brown and Phil Brice. Pictures from the event are coming!
|Dave and the Band just before the Westin Grand Opening!
Trifecta Of Shows a Big Hit for DBBB!
Quite a week indeed!The Dave Banks Big Band was busy performing three different shows with three different
main attractions in a one week span!
It all started on October 11, when the horn section backed The Temptations for their appearance at Glen
Oak High School in Canton, Ohio. They have previously worked with this version of one of Motown's best products in New Philadelphia
and Kent, Ohio.
Then, the band once again performed with Michael Sonata for their ever popular Sinatra Tribute Show on October
17 at the J.S. Knight Center. This show has been a big hit across the Midwest and this engagement will be for a private corporate
To top it off, the very next night, October 18, also at J.S. Knight, Dave and his band did their Elvis
Tribute Show, starring Caesare Belvano, who has performed impressions of the King across the country, including Las Vegas
Showrooms, Cruise Ships and overseas. Music has been fully scored for the big band, just as it was when Elvis was at the top
of his game with Joe Guercio conducting Elvis's orchestra. Dave previously worked with Joe at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las
The DBBB had several feature spots during these shows as well, performing some of their favorite numbers
like "MacArthur Park," "Night In Tunisia," "Georgia," and introduced a new classic Maynard Ferguson number to their library
The Elvis Tribute Show also introduced a few new vocalists to the band. Darla English, Sandra Emerick and
Shannon Eller provided the classic "Inspirations" vocal back up for the show. Sandra is a local Music Theatre legend and leading
actress, and Darla is a co-star of the very popular Special Request band. Shannon of course has been seen and heard with the
DBBB on many occasions in clubs and shows.