Jazzed Up Big Band

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Date(s) - Tue, Aug 07, 18
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Majestic Pavilion at Arnolds Park

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We are happy to announce the fifth season for the Jazzed Up Big Band and our continued partnership with Historic Arnolds

Park in 2018. Mark your calendar for our first performance in the newly renovated Majestic Pavilion on Tuesday, June 12,

2018, at 7:00 PM, and every Tuesday through the summer.

Since our very first performance four years ago, Jazzed Up Big Band has brought the highest-quality big band jazz in the

region to as many different types of people as possible through our free performances at the Majestic Pavilion in Historic

Arnolds Park. We were founded with the hope that we could revive and continue the long history of live big band music

at Arnolds Park and that we could be, in the true spirit of our art, a beacon of creativity, integrity, civility, and the genuine

feeling of community.

We certainly feel the love and support of the community through the generous sponsors who continue to help make this

happen and the beautiful people who come to hear us each week. We are truly humbled by the support that has been

given to us. Big Band Jazz engenders a spirit of joy, of coming together, that has defined this community since its beginning. And to

grow, share, and sustain that spirit, I hope you’ll consider joining Jazz Up Big Band each Tuesday night.

To you and yours, I wish the healthiest, happiest, and most swingin’ summer season at the lakes. Thank you for your

participation in this dream we began with Historic Arnolds Park four years ago and for being part of the Jazzed Up Big

Band family.

With gratitude and thanks,

RICK AYRES, Managing Director



It takes fine musicians and assets to put a band like this together. Top level musicianship goes without saying. Also, their

personalities come into play. Musicians who can tone down their egos for the good of the band. Musicians who are

willing to dedicate themselves to the ensemble and take pride and ownership of being a part of a top-notch group. And

they need to have the love for the genre to have lost money once in a while to play it! Let’s face it, marketing this kind of

music is difficult, at best, and we’ve all done gigs for little or no money just for the love of playing

The musicians listed are, to the person, absolute fine musicians! They can sight read most anything, which comes in

handy as it’s rare to get many chances to rehearse. They will enjoy sharing their gift of playing for you and continue to

expose live big band music to as many people as possible. And, they all realize what a gift it is to be able to play music

and play it to the highest standard they are capable. That permeates everything we do as musicians, and we try never to

take that for granted.


Justin Kisor, jazz trumpet • Sioux City, IA

Jeff Soukup, lead trumpet

Kevin Massey, trumpet • Sioux City, IA

Mike Wells, trumpet • Alta, IA

SAXES (Clarinet & Flutes)

CJ Kocher, lead alto • Vermillion, SD

Jeff Paul, alto • Sioux Falls, SD

Brian Hanegan, lead tenor • Sioux City, IA

Ryan Middleton, 2nd tenor • Spirit Lake, IA

Mark Isackson, bari • Sioux Falls, SD


Rick Ayres, lead bone • Spirit Lake, IA

Ken Hoyne, jazz bone • Sioux Falls, SD

Dennis Anderson, bone • Rockwell City, IA

Evan Krebs, bass bone • Sioux Falls, SD


Steve Smith, piano • Marcus, IA

Michael Anderson, bass • Worthington, MN

Darin Wadley, drums • Vermillion, SD