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.

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!

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.

"Celebrating 100 Years of Sinatra" Opens At Macklin Center August 29 CANCELLED!


The promoters and venue operators have cancelled the upcoming "Celebrating 100 Years of Sinatra" show. This was not our doing and we apologize to all our fans for the situation, but it was out of our control. Thank you all for your support and we'll see you at the next DBBB gig!



Another Big Band Wedding, and Another Satisfied Couple! 
   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. On May 16, the DBBB came out with a wide variety of styles for the reception of Anna Caldwell and Jason Saini, held at the Lake Erie Building in Lakewood, Ohio. Afterwards, Anna wrote the band, saying, "Thank you so much for making our wedding reception so memorable. The band was fantastic. The singers were spectacular!"
   The band also performed on April 10 at the reception of Molly Meyer and Chris Williams! 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!

DBBB Filling 2015 With Some Swinging Events!
   If you can't get to Streetsboro on August 29, don't worry, the DBBB has more appearances up their sleeve for 2015. They will be coming back to BluJazz Akron for a return engagement on December 19 and will present "Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday: The Concert That Never Was!" Also, they will be doing their "Sinatra Tribute Show at the Music Box in Cleveland on November 28.  The band will perform a Big Band Christmas Show on December 10 at the Rocky River Retirement Center.  Many of the guys will be also lending their talents to the CenterStage Theatre November 13-22 when they perform in the orchestra for "White Christmas."  They will be in Detroit at the Westin Hotel on December 5, and in Columbiana, Ohio for New Year's Eve!

"Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday: The Concert That Never Was!" Coming December 19 to BluJazz Akron!

   The Dave Banks Big Band will once again break some new ground and present a fantastic evening of music that pays tribute to Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, who both would have celebrated their 100th birthdays this year. Playing the role of Ole Blue Eyes is none other than Michael Sonata. We are very excited to have Mery White portray Billie Holiday for this show! Dave has known Mery for nearly 40 years, and always admired her vocal talents! Stay tuned for more information on this show!

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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