Mighty Fraser Big Band
Is a group of 19 high-energy jazz musicians from across the lower mainland with a passion for keeping the music and sound of the “Big Band” alive in our communities.
With a repertoire ranging from the 40’s swing era dance classics, to modern big band arrangements of various styles.
Reorganized in 2010 by Doug Knight and Casey Blackwell, they worked tirelessly to pull the disintegrated, (Third Stage) band back together. They managed to get 10 of 18 original musicians to commit and started to recruit from there. Now the rebuilt band is now stronger than ever. The bands rhythmic styling are regularly honed every Wednesday at rehearsal by the great music director Christian Findlay, hired by the band Dec.2010
April 2019: We are in the process of hiring a new music director as Christian will soon be directing an all female big band. We look forward to seeing this groups 1st performance.
A change of name in 2011; (from Third Stage) to Mighty Fraser Big Band, selected from a list band members submitted, was thought to best represent the band
and better reflect the bands location and what they are. Also takes advantage of
being associated with the huge, world renowned, Mighty Fraser River that has an exciting history and means so much in the history and to economy of British Columbia, Canada.
In 2012 band member Doug Akerman, designed a promotional banner. A deep blue background to represent the river, with a simple stylized image of the famous Alex Fraser Bridge. When that bridge opened in 1986, it was the longest cable-stayed span bridge in the world and held that distinction in N. America for nearly another 20 years.
This great community band is now better than ever with a steady booking of quality gigs, that reflects the communities growing recognition of this fabulous big band
The band have performed for community, corporate and charity events, private parties, weddings, social clubs, Rotary clubs, seniors dances, Resort ski lodges, churches, (Jazz Vespers!), Concerts-in-the-park series', and will be at any occasion where they can get people on their feet and bring a toe-tapping smile to their faces.