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Dave Banks Big Band


The Finest in Big Band Jazz
We welcome you to our home page. While there is no better way to experience The Dave Banks Big Band but live, and in person, this site will give you a glimpse into our band and its players. We can fill your need whether it is corporate, resort, casino or cruise ship entertainment, concerts, dances, backing major entertainers, or a wedding reception, this all-star band is THE band that will deliver for you with an excitement and professionalism that leaves the audience and client begging for more!

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The Dave Banks Big Band-  This powerhouse 17 piece swinging big band is
based out of Akron, Ohio and is led by Ohio native and 20 year Las Vegas
veteran trumpet artist, Dave Banks.  The band boasts of having the very top
players in the Northeast Ohio area including trumpeter John English, saxophonists Don Turoso, Bob Esterle and Dave Kana, trombonists Chas Baker, Scott Garlock and drummer Mark Gonder. Dave fronts the band with his soaring trumpet reminding you of Doc Severinson, Harry James and Maynard Ferguson. This band will definitely make your event sparkle. Their repertoire ranges from original compositions to standard big band favorites. Featured vocalists have included Peggy Coyle, Shannon Eller, Marsha Newman, Barb Knight, Helen Welch,  Michael Sonata, John Morton, Frederick Davis and Paul Hoffman.
Their library of big band music includes hit songs arranged by the best writers in the business. They have played to packed houses at the Cleveland Bop Stop, the Packard Music Hall, Carousel Dinner Theatre, The Tangier Ballroom and The Kent Stage. They will travel the United States, Canada and Europe and are available for Cruise Ship bookings.

Vocalist Mery White singing with "Frank Sinatra" impressionist Michael Matone

Our RAT PACK SHOW is ready for YOU!!
Special Rates Available!
   The Dave Banks Big Band is ready to bring the RAT PACK to your event and make it spectacular! Contact Dave to set up a date at 330-472-2512.

Dave and the Rat Pack
Dave and members of The Rat Pack!

Have Cause, Will Travel!
    Does your organization need a great fundraising event? Put The Dave Banks Big Band to work for you. We have done 50/50 concerts, dinner/show/dances and other packages designed to help bring in money for your particular cause. We work with schools as well as non-profit organizations and will discount rates to fit your budget needs. Contact us at and get the ball rolling for 2013-14.

Children's Concert Society Fundraiser Featured DBBB
   One of the things that we pride our band on is helping other causes succeed. On May 3, the DBBB performed for the Children's Concert Society Fundraising Evening at Todaro's in the Valley. We also went to Wooster High School May 10 promoting big band music by playing their 2014 Prom! It was a huge success and the high school students were dancing all night long!

Walsh Jesuit High School's 50th Anniversary To Feature DBBB!

   The Dave Banks Big Band will come roaring into Walsh Jesuit High School on September 27 to help celebrate the school's big 50th Anniversary! Michael Sonata and Shannon Eller will be singing as well as vocal appearances by WJHS alumni recording artists Mark Leach and Kira Leyden. Information about attending this event will be coming soon.

Next Up: Sinatra Tribute Show in Maumee, Ohio

   The Dave Banks Big Band presents its "Sinatra Tribute Show" at a private corporate event that will be held in Maumee, Ohio on July 19. Michael Sonata reprises his role as Frank Sinatra, and is backed by the DBBB. While this show is not open to the public, we always stand ready to bring it to a casino or showroom, so if you want the Ol' Blue Eyes at your place, just let us know!

Michael Sonata as Frank Sinatra

DBBB Featured at the Grand Opening of the Westin Cleveland Hotel

Dave and the gang were in action on June 12 in Cleveland as they helped to open the newly remodeled Westin Cleveland Hotel. The band roared through some of its modern contemporary line up of material and featured some of the great instrumental talent like Mark Gonder, Don Turoso, Dave Kana, Bob Esterle, Theron Brown and Phil Brice. Pictures from the event are coming!

Dave and the Band just before the Westin Grand Opening!

Trifecta Of Shows a Big Hit for DBBB!

   Quite a week indeed!The Dave Banks Big Band was busy performing three different shows with three different main attractions in a one week span!  
    It all started on October 11, when the horn section backed The Temptations for their appearance at Glen Oak High School in Canton, Ohio. They have previously worked with this version of one of Motown's best products in New Philadelphia and Kent, Ohio. 
   Then, the band once again performed with Michael Sonata for their ever popular Sinatra Tribute Show on October 17 at the J.S. Knight Center. This show has been a big hit across the Midwest and this engagement will be for a private corporate event.
    To top it off, the very next night, October 18, also at J.S. Knight, Dave and his band did their Elvis Tribute Show, starring Caesare Belvano, who has performed impressions of the King across the country, including Las Vegas Showrooms, Cruise Ships and overseas. Music has been fully scored for the big band, just as it was when Elvis was at the top of his game with Joe Guercio conducting Elvis's orchestra. Dave previously worked with Joe at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas. 
   The DBBB had several feature spots during these shows as well, performing some of their favorite numbers like "MacArthur Park," "Night In Tunisia," "Georgia," and introduced a new classic Maynard Ferguson number to their library with "L-Dopa!"
    The Elvis Tribute Show also introduced a few new vocalists to the band. Darla English, Sandra Emerick and Shannon Eller provided the classic "Inspirations" vocal back up for the show. Sandra is a local Music Theatre legend and leading actress, and Darla is a co-star of the very popular Special Request band. Shannon of course has been seen and heard with the DBBB on many occasions in clubs and shows.

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