The Georgia Straight Big Band offers pure dancing and listening pleasure–
we play Mega-hits from the Big Band Era, plus swing and latin tunes from
today’s popular arrangers and composers.
From the Count to the Duke, Miller and Gillespie, the Georgia Strait Big Band entertains
with music from the most exciting composers of the twentieth century.
Under the direction of Greg Bush, the Georgia Strait Big Band specializes in repertoire that is eminently danceable. Fox-trot, swing, tango, cha-cha, bolero, rhumba – our music has the rhythms to keep you on the dance floor all night long. Take a look at a sample of our repertoire.
The community-based Georgia Strait Big Band not only attracts and showcases accomplished musicians from the Comox Valley, but also proudly features some of the Valley’s finest singers who captivate audiences each with their own unique vocal styles, fronting the band in ballads and hard-swinging jazz standards.
The GSBB is headed up by Greg Bush, Professor of the Jazz Program at Vancouver Island University, musician, arranger and composer.
Press Release: Special Performance of the compositions of Greg Bush
As part of the Beltone Jazz Series at the Little Red Church, there will be a special performance at The Little Red Church, on Sunday, June, 8 @ 7:30.
This special performance is extraordinary, as the 17 piece Arrowsmith Big Band from Parksville, will be performing all original compositions of Professor Greg Bush. Greg has been the Conductor of our Georgia Strait Big Band for the past 7 years. A Professor of Music at Vancouver Island University and a resident of Nanaimo, Greg makes close to 50 trips per year to lead the Georgia Strait Big Band and during this period, estimates that he has logged over 40,000 km. Greg’s classy demeanour, musical expertise and commitment to the legacy of Big Band music in Comox Valley, has won the respect of all members of the Georgia Strait Big Band, past and present.
GSBB supports the Community
The Georgia Strait Big Band partners with various charitable organizations in their fund-raising efforts—groups such as the Comox Valley’s Dawn to Dawn Society, in aid of the homeless . The GSBB also supports young up and coming ballroom dancers at Penfield School in Campbell River. Annually, GSBB participates in the Children’s Network Telethon and puts on a Canada Day tea and dance for the general public.
The GSBB is available for special occasions, weddings and dances.
For information about rates and booking the Georgia Strait Big Band, please contact
Rob Peterson at email@example.com / 250-339-6032