The Olney Big Band is a traditional jazz big band, comprised of professional and talented musicians from the Washington DC area. The Band specializes in performance of classic swing, dance and jazz music from the Big Band Era of the ‘30s and ‘40s in addition to arrangements from the '50s to present day. Its mission is to bring the sounds of big band music into the mainstream for current and future generations to enjoy.. Now in its 17th year, the Band is available for all types of events. Thinking about hiring us for your event?  Click here for a free price quote.


The Band was formed in 2002 and incorporated in the state of Maryland in 2004 as The Olney Jazz Troupe, Inc. and trades as

The Olney Big Band. Under the musical leadership of Dr. Robert Tennyson, the Band provides an opportunity for both its instrumentalists and vocalists to participate in a well-organized music ensemble.


The Olney Big Band plays many of the songs and original arrangements made famous by such band leaders as Ellington, Goodman, Dorsey, Shaw, Miller, Basie, Rich, Severinsen, Gordon Goodwin and the like. Arrangements by Sammy Nestico, Dave Wolpe, Quincy Jones, Bill Potts and many more comprise a large part of the Band’s repertoire. Here is some of the music that we play.


The Olney Big Band has performed at a wide array of events and venues, including Blues Alley, the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Strathmore, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Olney Theatre Center, Washington DC Mormon Temple Visitors’ Center, occasional weddings, and numerous community festivals, high school dances and concerts, and retirement community events. Our CDs have been featured on In the Mood Big Band with Ken Jackson (WYPR 88.1).

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