Feb
19

Dave Banks Big Band Akron's wildly popular big band returns after a string of sold-out performances at BLU in 2016 with a swingin' early evening concert event!

Sunday, February 19


Trumpeter & bandleader David Banks has returned to the Northeast Ohio area after a twenty-year career in Las Vegas, Nevada. He performed in over 4,000 shows there including numerous top production shows – including six years with the “City Lights” Show at the Flamingo Hilton and the “Moulin Rouge” at the Las Vegas Hilton.
 
He worked with virtually every major entertainer in show business on the famous Las Vegas Strip and also was a member of the renowned Lou Elias Relief Orchestra. He also found time to perform with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra, The Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Nevada Chamber Orchestra.
 
Since his return to the area, David is on the faculty of Walsh Jesuit High School and is in his 15th year teaching music and drama. He is in demand as a lead trumpeter in Northeast Ohio, performing regularly with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, having recorded CDs with them as well as CDs for the Paul Ferguson Orchestra and Helen Welch.
 
Dave has served as Lead Trumpet in several shows at Playhouse Square, E.J. Thomas Hall, The Carousel Dinner Theatre and Porthouse Theater performing for professional productions of “Anything Goes,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Brigadoon,” “Chicago,” “Parade,” “The Producers,” “Ragtime,” “42nd Street,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Hairspray,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Sweet Charity,” “West Side Story,” “Swing,” and “All Shook Up.”
 
Join us as some of Northeast Ohio’s finest musicians assemble for an unforgettable night of big band jazz – get your tickets today for this special early Sunday evening show!
 

6:00 pm

$20

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