Dave Banks Big Band


The Finest in Big Band Jazz
We welcome you to our home page. While there is no better way to experience The Dave Banks Big Band but live, and in person, this site will give you a glimpse into our band and its players. We can fill your need whether it is corporate, resort, casino or cruise ship entertainment, concerts, dances, backing major entertainers, or a wedding reception, this all-star band is THE band that will deliver for you with an excitement and professionalism that leaves the audience and client begging for more!

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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.

Our RAT PACK SHOW is ready for YOU!!
Special Rates Available!
   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 the Rat Pack
Dave and members of The Rat Pack!

National Rat Pack Show Features DBBB at Fundraiser!
    The Dave Banks Big Band once again showed its musical ability to back major entertainers and also help a worthy cause. Flashes Of Hope presented Big Shots and Little Stars on October 2, 2014 at the Quicken Loans Arena. Featured on the event was one of the National touring Rat Pack Shows. The Musical Director is one of Dave's Las Vegas buddies, Lon Bronson.  All of the Cavalier players, coaches and even owner Dan Gilbert were there lending their support as well. 1400 guests had a great time!

Dave's NEW Legends Signature Trumpet Mouthpiece is HERE!


Dave's new Legends Signature Series Trumpet Mouthpiece Has Launched!
   Dave is now sharing his main mouthpiece with the world! You can own his Legends SS Banks model mouthpiece for your very own! Click on the link above and it will take you right to the Legends site! Or contact Dave directly and he'll order one for you at dbanks1@neo.rr.com.

Have Cause, Will Travel!

    Does 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 dbanks1@neo.rr.com and get the ball rolling for 2015.


Buddy Rich Tribute Show by DBBB a SOLD OUT SMASH at BluJazz Akron April 3!

**Mark Gonder Featured In Role Of Buddy
    One of Dave's favorite big bands is the Buddy Rich Big Band. On April 3, The DBBB honored this legend by presenting a concert of his music and featured DBBB drummer Mark Gonder at the BluJazz Akron Jazz Club on 47 Market Street in Akron, Ohio. The show wound its way through many of Buddy's signature charts, like "West Side Story," "Channel One Suite," "Basically Blues," "Time Check" and literally 20 more! The band was on fire, and the house was an actual sell out! Many thanks to the guys in the band, and Mike Wyatt, for making it happen! Look for the DBBB to return later in the year!

DBBB Horn Section Blows With
The Temptations!
    The horns were a-plenty on November 16 at the Warren Packard Music Hall as the DBBB horn section backed the world famous Temptations. It was a packed house, and all the musical favorites were performed! The audience was dancing in the aisle and the horns of course were terrific.

The DBBB horn section backing The Temptations at Packard Hall

Catholic Charities Fundraiser Once Again Featured DBBB!
   Return clients are always very important to us. On February 14, the DBBB braved blinding snow to return to Wheeling, West Virginia and performed for the Catholic Charities Mardi Gras Gala held at the Wheeling Park White Palace, 1801 National Road in Wheeling. This attests to the kind of dedication the band has. Their event would have had a huge hole in the evening if we were unable to make it. Kudos to the band, their driving skills, patience, and determination. Oh, and the band sounded fantastic!

DBBB and Michael Sonata To Do Sinatra Tribute June 14!
    Dave and the gang will once again team up with Michael Sonata and do their popular Sinatra Tribute Show on June 14 at 7pm at the Hudson Gazebo, on Rt. 91 and 303 in Hudson, Ohio. They will perform many of Frank's big hits! This is a return engagement for the band, as they have performed at the Gazebo in the past. Best of all, this show is open to the public and FREE, so mark your calendars and come on out!

Big Band Wedding Receptions! Nothing Like It!
   If you've never had a chance to experience The Dave Banks Big Band doing a wedding reception, you have truly missed something! Imagine hearing music from every era, be it swing, jazz, rock, motown, even some Broadway hits, all put together with a client's particular wishes in mind! With our library of over 500 songs, a stable of vocalists able to cover everything from Elvis to Sinatra to Janis Joplin, the DBBB has the versatility to make any reception sparkle. This was just the case on April 10 at the reception of Molly Meyer and Chris Williams, who just married on Friday! This is the THIRD time this family clan  has hired the DBBB for a reception! They obviously trust Dave and the gang to provide great live music for their reception needs!

Dave Banks plays on the new, Dave Banks Signature Trumpet Mouthpiece made by Legends Brass! Click here to see their site!

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