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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).


"SWonderful' by Olney Big Band


Posted By: Cordelia Dreisonstok on: 

January 16, 2020


The Olney Big Band plays swing music from the 1930’s-1940’s era.  Yet the fact it is  able to play in different styles and perform diverse material makes its unique repertoire accessible to all age groups.  Indeed, the band is able to capture the audience’s attention and interest by playing a variety of jazz styles, such as jazz, swing, and bossa nova. Even atmospheric Christmas and New Year’s music can be heard in the course of a performance, played using different sections (brass and reeds), and finally combining different sections and percussion instruments into a melody.

The band performs at the annual Olney Theatre Centre’s Historic Stage in Olney each November and also occasionally at the Art Deco Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park.  I recently had a chance to hear this jazz orchestra at the holiday “Festival of Lights” at the Latter-day Saints Temple Visitors’ Center in Kensington, Maryland. 

        "The Olney Big Band
        understands that part of a
        swing band’s appeal is not
        only musicianship but



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