About

The Craig Gildner Big Band is a thirteen piece repertoire orchestra authentically recreating the sounds of the swing era made famous by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw and others. Arrangements are direct transcriptions and stock selections that would have been played back in the day by bands across the country. Adding to the period feel, the rhythm section boasts calfskin drums arranged in a manner much like Krupa’s, gut wound bass string, acoustic rhythm guitar on a vintage Gibson L7, and stride piano solos.

The musicianship is of the highest caliber. Bandleader Craig Gildner handpicked each and every section from DC’s pool of talented musicians. The band can whisper and scream… and everything in between…all in just one song!

The standard lineup is four rhythm, three trumpets, two trombones, and four saxes. We can expand to five saxes, three trombones and four trumpets plus girl singer depending on your budget.

There’s really nothing like a big band for musical excitement, whether for dancing or listening and the Craig Gildner Big Band delivers that excitement every time! Listen for yourself by clicking on one of the samples below and you’ll see why this band is in demand!

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