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 About Us

The River City Big Band is the most popular jazz big band in the Edmonton area. Formed in 1995, RCBB has been heard by thousands over the years, performing in jazz clubs and concert halls, and at community service events such as music festivals and concerts in support of school system music education. Many of these performances take place outside Edmonton: recent successful “road trips” have taken us to Vermillion, Westlock, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, Camrose, and Wetaskiwin. Special guests who have joined us along the way include Juno award winners Tommy Banks, PJ Perry, and Bobby Cairns. The band has also provided accompaniment to featured performers such as Simone, daughter of jazz great vocalist, Nina Simone.

Although our repertoire includes classic arrangements of big band music of the last fifty years, we pride ourselves on programming many original compositions and arrangements, mainly by trumpeter Allan Gilliland, one time Composer in Residence with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and by the band’s Musical Director Larry Schrum. “Just Friends”, our first album, is proof of that: Alan and Larry either composed or arranged every track!

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