The Roseville Big Band members are volunteers who perform for the enjoyment of making good music and entertaining our audiences. In a typical year, we perform for more than 6000 live audience members in 12 to 15 performances, including concerts in parks, schools, and senior residences. Many additional viewers see our live broadcasts and rebroadcasts on channel 15, CTV North Suburbs.
We also play for dances, including charity fundraisers, class reunions, wedding receptions, and the Commemorative Air Force's USO-style hangar dances. Our variety of performance venues inspired the words to the Roseville Big Band theme song: "Dance to the Big Band Swing".
Our repertoire includes a century of standards, both instrumental and vocal, plus new compositions and arrangements written especially for us. Although swing tunes such as In the Mood make up the largest part of our repertoire, we also perform ballads such as Star Dust and Skylark.
We try to increase our concerts' audience appeal by adding special features:
Most of our arrangements include improvisation, making each performance unique.
Our sponsorship by the Roseville Parks and Recreation Department ever since Dr. Mark Lammers started the group in 1964 makes us unique in an era of increasing numbers of independent and school-sponsored big bands in the Twin Cities area.
Our audiences participate not only by dancing but by playing maracas and other Latin percussion instruments with the band on songs such as Cha Cha Cha for Judy and Besame Mucho. Audiences also have fun joining us on the hi-de-hos of Minnie the Moocher, spelling Y.M.C.A., and shouting out that famous telephone number: Pennsylvania 6-5000.
The band reaches out beyond Minnesota's Twin Cities to fans of big band music around the world:
To learn more about the Roseville Big Band:
We hope to see you at a concert, dance, or sit-in night soon!