• Our Story: Founded in January of 2013 in Anacortes, Washington, the "A'Town Big Band" is Skagit County's newest big band. Providing energetic melodies and rhythms as versatile as its members, "A'Town Big Band" plays everything from swing to samba, and ballads to blues. A'Town Big Band performs the music of Stan Kenton, Count Basie,  Maynard Ferguson, Sammy Nestico, Bob Curnow, Buddy Rich, and more. 
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Upcoming Performances (Summer 2017):

  • Sunday, August 27: Bellingham Big Band Bash - Fairhaven Village Green, 3-4pm.

Past Shows
Festivals and Big Band Concerts:
  • Anacortes Arts Festival - Main Stage (2014-2017)
  • Anacortes Waterfront Festival - Plaza Dance & concert (2014-2017)
  • Seafarer's Memorial Park summer concert series (2013-2017)
  • "Jazz at the Library" concert series @ Heart of Anacortes stage (2013, 2016-2017)
  • Oak Harbor Music Festival, Labor Day weekend (2015-2016)
  • Art By The Bay Festival, Stanwood - 2016-2017
  • Bellingham Big Band Bash, Fairhaven Village Green - August 2016
  • Skagit County Fair, Mount Vernon (2014)
Swing Dances:
  • Anacortes Senior Center (Dec. '16, Feb. '17, Apr. '17)
  • Mount Vernon Christian HS (2014-2015)
  • Anacortes Eagles Club (2014-2015)
  • Anacortes Kiwanis Club (2015)
  • Fidalgo DanceWorks (2016)

School Band Concerts - featured appearances with the jazz bands of Anacortes High School and Mount Vernon High School, in support of these fine student programs (2013-2015).




    Listen To The Band:



    Media

    Groovin' Hard at Skagit Jazz Night 2013


    "Sing Sang Sung" at Anacortes Arts Festival 2016



    A'Town @ Mount Vernon Christian HS, December 2014

    A'Town @ Anacortes Senior Center, February 2017








    For A'Town Big Band Musicians:
    • All rehearsals are the second and fourth Monday of the month
    • Rehearsals are located at AMS from 7-9pm unless otherwise noted
    • Sectionals are on the fifth Monday of the month, organized by section
    • Attire for outdoor gigs is Hawaiian shirts with khaki pants
    • Members need to provide their own music stands and paper clips for gigs

       
    Barry Erb (lead alto saxophone/bandleader) is a retired Navy Captain and Navy helicopter pilot, Barry moved back to Oak Harbor to enjoy the Pacific Northwest.  After his final flying tour, he went back to school and received a BA in Music Performance followed by a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Being part of countless ensembles throughout the years, including organizing and directing his own Big Band as well as numerous Saxophone Quartets and Quintets, Barry is glad to be back in Oak Harbor and reconnecting with the music in NW Washington.



    Chuck Thomas
     2nd alto saxophone) is a founding member of A'Town Big Band and a resident of Camano Island.








    Kenton Kuusela (lead tenor saxophone) was born and raised in Seattle. After four years in Air Force bands he earned a B.A. in Music Education at the UW. His career included teaching music in schools in British Columbia and Skagit County. Kenton and his wife, Wendy, live in Anacortes where he also plays in the "Skagit Community Band" and "Skagit Swings".  




          

    Chris Tuohy (2nd Tenor Saxophone) holds a BA Degree in music and dance. Christopher formed and directed instrumental / vocal ensembles in Las Vegas performing at many of the major hotel casinos. Since he moved to Camano Island, Christopher and his wife Cynthia built the allied art facility FORTE’ Music Dance Art. He is the Artistic Director and teaches sax, clarinet, flute, piano, voice, tap, jazz, ballet & ballroom dancing. Christopher is a music teacher for the Visions Program at Clear Lake Elementary where he teaches 1st through 6th grades.   



     
           
     Keith Stone (baritone saxophone). Keith and his neighborhood buddies came up through the school band program. After school, they listened to everything from Maynard to Cannonball to Tower of Power. Keith joined the fledgling University of Texas at Arlington jazz  program under director Bill Snodgrass who expected a lot out of what was essentially a junior college band, but they worked hard and ended up getting an invitation to the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1978. Keith has played in working bands all his life, from country rock to funk and soul. Keith lives and works in Anacortes.     
                   


                                                                                                   


    Craig Schroeder (lead trumpet) transferred from the Washington National Guard infantry to the 133rd Army National Guard Band as a bus driver, started practicing again, and joined trumpet section. In 1973 Craig graduated with a Music Education B.A. Craig has played with the "New Deal Rhythm Band", “Jazzdance”, "The Generation Gap", the "Groove Merchants" and the "Snohomish Sauerkraut Band". Craig also taught band in the Granite Falls S.D.




    Bennie Rawson
     (second trumpet) - a music educator since 1985, Bennie has taught band, choir, and general music in various locales in Colorado, Arizona and Washington (including Coupeville and Anacortes).  He currently teaches K-8 music at Conway School.  Outside of work, Bennie plays "as much as possible" with groups including the Camano Junction and Skagit Swings big bands; the Paul Sorenson Reading Band; "A Brass Quintet" in Mount Vernon; and the Bethany Covenant Church Music Ministry Team (for which he doubles on drums).  Bennie and Kim Rawson (3rd trombone) and their son Graham currently reside in Mount Vernon.



    Pat Rein (third trumpet) graduated from CWU in 1963 with a BA in Music Education. His first job teaching music was in Coulee Dam and his last teaching assignment was in Anacortes. Pat’s first love is playing in big bands, combos and dixieland groups. Previously Pat has played with "The W.T. Preston Dixie Band", "The Wind Machine" and is currently in the Skagit Community Band. Pat has been married to his lovely wife, Sharon, for almost 55 years and has 3 sons, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. 






    Dave Akland (fourth trumpet) is a married father of three who grew up in Yakima, Washington. Dave started playing trumpet in the 5th grade, and was a member of the McDonald’s All-American high school band to march in the tournament of roses parade in Pasadena, and the Macy’s parade in New York City. He also plays with Skagit Community Band and Camano Junction dance band. Dave enjoys motorsports, boating, fishing and travel in his leisure time.  






    Vince Fejeran (lead trombone/announcer) is very active in the music scene in the county, playing trombone with a number of local bands. Additionally, Vince directs the Skagit Community Band out of Anacortes, Wa and teaches band at Immaculate Conception Regional School in Mount Vernon. 

      

     

     
                               

                                                



    Paul Brower
     (second trombone) played Bass, Piano, and Trombone in high school and gigged in clubs with road bands and played at resorts. After four years in the U.S. Navy, Paul taught in various schools in San Diego including the School for the Creative and performing arts. He began playing classical guitar in 1960 and has performed in chamber groups and recitals. Paul is still an active musician on guitar and trombone, having played with the Northern Lights Orchestra, Skagit Community Band, Solid Brass Quintet, Camano Junction Swing Band, and various pit orchestras at the Lincoln Theater, Skagit Community College and McIntyre Hall.                         

    Kim Rawson (third trombone) plays trombone and French horn in a variety of ensembles in the North Sound area.  She is an educator who enjoys the outdoors in her free time.










    Bob Wilson
     (bass trombone) began playing his father's euphonium in 5th grade.  After auditioning for and being accepted into America's Youth in Concert as a HS senior, the group performed in Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe.  He attended University of Kansas as a music major, performing in the Wind Ensemble and marching band.  After graduating he became a pilot in the Navy.  He is still flying, now as a captain for Delta Airlines and plays bass trombone in hotel rooms throughout Asia, Europe and North America.  He plays in the Skagit Community Band and sings in the Whidbey Community Chorus.






    Andy Carr (piano) has been active in the Puget Sound music scene for 40 years, as accompanist and arranger for vocalists, choirs, and musical theatre; and as a jazz pianist with groups ranging from small combos to big bands. A resident of beautiful Camano Island and happily retired from corporate life, Andy maintains a busy schedule performing with the A’Town Big Band, TimE3 Jazz, Swingnuts Jazz, Rane Nogales Trio, and Tangoheart; rehearsing with Seabreeze Jazz Band and The Fat Fridays; and accompanying choral concerts at The Overlake School in Redmond. When not tickling the ivories, Andy loves hiking backcountry trails and sampling Syrah (not at the same time).                                                                                                                                                  



    Larry Gill (guitar) joined A'Town Big Band in May of 2017.  He is a former member of the Portland State University Stage Band, and the Walter Bridges Big Band.  He currently also plays in the bluegrass band Wolf Creek.  He holds an engineering degree from Portland State University, and is recently retired from the aerospace industry.  Larry has resided on Camano Island with his wife Claudia since 1993, and has a daughter now attending the University of Washington.
    Larry plays a hand-carved Skau guitar through a Fender Twin Reverb amp.
    Contact info: 425-626-0670 / claudar@yahoo.com.


    Paul Benson
     (string bass) -- after graduating from college (BA Music), Paul played in the Navy Band for four years, completing an MA in Choral Conducting while stationed in San Diego.  He taught music at the college level for several years, then left teaching to begin a building career.  He built high-end custom homes in Indianapolis for 35 years, serving as contractor and, often, finish carpenter.  He and Barbara, his wife of 49 years, moved to Anacortes in 2011 to be near their grandchildren.  His "retirement" job is rehabbing one home each year.  He plays and sings in the music program at Bethany Covenant Church.






    Brad Spangler 
    (drums) is still playing same drumset he got in 4th grade (1969). His experience includes jazz, symphonic, and fusion music in the Ojai CA area; marching, wind, brass band, jazz, and percussion ensemble performance (and some composition) in San Luis Obispo CA; followed by traditional and big band jazz in the Whidbey Island / Skagit County area since 1984. A retired Navy Seabee, and currently leading the power Generation department at Snohomish PUD,  Brad and his wife of 30 years Leslie make their home in Burlington, near their two grown children. He also plays in the Skagit Community Band and the Whidbey Island Jazz Society.