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The Akron Big Band

The Akron Big Band We are The Akron Big Band, playing some of the best music ever made. Over fifty years ago a group of men including Paul Krans and Don Davis started to play the music they loved as a group.

This was the music of their youth, Big Band Swing Music . As word got out the band grew until it became a full seventeen piece big band. It was in the early 1960's that the Akron Big Band out grew Paul's home and moved to Westminster Presbyterian Church in west Akron. We now rehearse at the the Kenmore Community Center in Akron. It is sad to say that none of the founding members are alive today to

This was the music of their youth, Big Band Swing Music . As word got out the band grew until it became a full seventeen piece big band. It was in the early 1960's that the Akron Big Band out grew Paul's home and moved to Westminster Presbyterian Church in west Akron. We now rehearse at the the Kenmore Community Center in Akron. It is sad to say that none of the founding members are alive today to

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We're baaaack! The Akron Big Band returns to performing live at Kenmore's First Friday celebration June 4. Thanks to all...
06/07/2021

We're baaaack! The Akron Big Band returns to performing live at Kenmore's First Friday celebration June 4. Thanks to all who stopped by at the library.

12/11/2018

Unfortunately, the Big Band Bash at Arrowhead this Friday has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience. We are hoping to reschedule it for a future date.

10/10/2018

We are working on a couple new gigs for November and December! We will add them to our website when they are finalized.

09/09/2018

In spite of the inclement weather, we had a great time playing a concert at Rockynol Retirement Community yesterday and we were well received. We look forward to playing there again! We have a lull now before our next gig. We will be working on new charts with our new vocalist, John Wood. Never a dull moment!

Rockynol Retirement Community
09/09/2018

Rockynol Retirement Community

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09/01/2018

We have just added a last-minute concert at Rockynol this Saturday, September 8 from 4 to 6! We are excited to play there again!

08/19/2018

We have a lull in our schedule now, but we are putting it to good use. We are working to improve our musicianship, clean up songs in our book and add some new vocal charts.

08/08/2018

Played our annual concert at the Northwest Rec Center last night and got a standing ovation! Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan was there along with several officials. The rain held off until we finished. Great evening!

07/22/2018

We had a great time playing for the Silver Lake Bicentennial yesterday. We played on the new patio and the DJ provided a mic for our MC. It was a large, appreciative crowd. We hope we are asked to play again next year!

07/19/2018

We are looking forward to playing for the Silver Lake festival this Saturday, 7/21/18 from 1:30 to 3 PM. Our rehearsal director, Jim Fry, has been doing a terrific job working to improve the band's musicianship. We are anxious to show off our new sound!

07/03/2018

We had an excellent concert at Copley Square this Sunday night. There was a nice breeze and the heat was tolerable. We had a nice crowd who stayed with us all evening. The sound man was excellent. Thanks to everyone for a fun evening!

06/30/2018

Our recent concerts at Brookdale Montrose (formerly Chambrel), Kenmore Community Center and Concordia at Sumner have all been well attended and received. Vocalist John Wood has recently joined the band and we are working on new charts with him! It is going to be fun!

05/22/2018

We enjoyed playing for the Shriners at the North Canton Hilton on Saturday. A good time was had by all!

08/01/2017

Busy week! We will be at the Northwest Family Recreation Center tomorrow from 7-8. Come celebrate the summer with a free outdoor concert and free ice cream. What could be better than swing music and free food!

07/29/2017

The Akron Big Band will be swingin' Hardesty Park tomorrow from 4-5. Come out for some great Big Band music!

Our friend Lillian celebrated her 90th birthday today with The Akron Big Band. The wonderful folks at the Kenmore Commun...
07/26/2017

Our friend Lillian celebrated her 90th birthday today with The Akron Big Band. The wonderful folks at the Kenmore Community Center invited her friends and had cake and ice cream for her - and there was enough left over for the Band! Happy Birthday Lillian!!

07/10/2017

Thanks to the great crowd that came to see us yesterday at Keyser Park! We have a nice break coming up (we are even going to skip practice this week!) and are looking forward to our next show at Hardesty Park on Sunday July 30.

07/01/2017

Bad news Big Band fans.... The Valor Ball scheduled for July 8th has been cancelled. The city of Green may have us play for a separate event this fall. Stay tuned......

Great crowd at Concordia at Sumner last night!  The Big Band was swingin'!
06/28/2017

Great crowd at Concordia at Sumner last night! The Big Band was swingin'!

Getting ready to swing Copley Bandstand! C'mon out! The weather is beautiful, lots of shade - and the power is on!
06/11/2017

Getting ready to swing Copley Bandstand! C'mon out! The weather is beautiful, lots of shade - and the power is on!

Get ready to swing into summer with our first show of the season! Sure, summer doesn't officially start until June 21, b...
06/08/2017

Get ready to swing into summer with our first show of the season! Sure, summer doesn't officially start until June 21, but we're going to heat up Sunday, June 11 for the Copley Circle Summer Concert Series. Temperatures in the 80s Sunday with abundant sunshine. Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs! For more info visit www.theakronbigband.com

Getting some new tunes together for our summer shows!
04/12/2017

Getting some new tunes together for our summer shows!

We're in kindergarten!
04/04/2017

We're in kindergarten!

04/03/2017

The Band is swingin' at the Northwest Family Recreation Center next to the library for practice tomorrow.

01/02/2017
The Akron Big Band 2016

Thank you Akron Big Band fans for a great year! Here are memories from a few of our many shows in 2016 set to "Strike Up the Band" performed at our last concert of 2016 for Akron's First Night celebration on December 31. Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you at our shows in 2017!

Great crowd at #firstnightakron swingin' with the Akron Big Band.
01/01/2017

Great crowd at #firstnightakron swingin' with the Akron Big Band.

Happy to be at our new practice home at the Kenmore Community Center. Complete with a vintage Rhodes piano.
08/17/2016

Happy to be at our new practice home at the Kenmore Community Center. Complete with a vintage Rhodes piano.

Come join us for an evening of great Big Band music by the gazebo in Copley Sunday evening! The swingin' starts at 7pm -...
08/06/2016

Come join us for an evening of great Big Band music by the gazebo in Copley Sunday evening! The swingin' starts at 7pm - the music is hot and the weather will be mild. The Band will play a tribute to our brave women and men of the armed forces so don't miss it!
Monday night we play an encore performance for our friends at the Community Center and Northwest Library on Shatto Avenue in Akron.
Make it a double-shot Big Band start to your week!

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Akron, OH
44301-44321, 44325, 44326, 44328, 44333, 44334, 44372, 44396, 44398

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+14322961909

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SU 2/23 - It's a Big Band Brunch to benefit Canapi at Jilly's Music Room! $35 ticket includes buffet brunch. Noon - 3PM. Walk-ups welcome! CANAPI (Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative) provides education, awareness and outreach to the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ community of Greater Akron. The Akron Big Band
NOW Church! ABB is performing now!
Love to watch them dance! And listen to A B B!
Another wonderful performance...and some smooth dancing by John and Donna to Tuxedo Junction. Tangier Ballroom 2019.
Check it out!
We are excited at all of the new offerings at this year's First Night Akron like Wesley Bright & The Honeytones, Umojah Nation and Chardon Polka Band as well as the crowds favorites like fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight, UA Steel Drum Band, Silent Disco, The Akron Big Band, mask making and so much more. Visit www.firstnightakron.org and plan your night! http://www.akron.com/akron-ohio-entertainment-news.asp?aID=33037
Glenn Miller's In the Mood.