Big band back after eight-year hiatus

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January 15, 2015 9:02 AM

Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Daisy Duke and Dean Martin are a few big names that were once hailed as the best in the business when it came to big band musicians.

With time moving on and the music of Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga playing on the radio, one group in Lloydminster hope to revive the music of the big band era, and is kicking it off next Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Legacy Centre with a comeback show after an eight-year hiatus.

The Junction Jazz Big Band will be on stage performing songs from the past in a truly Lloydminster fashion.

One of the band members, Aaron Sikora, said that attendees at the concert will hear not just the songs of the big band era, but also a wide variety of music, including Latin tunes and funk.

Sikora, one of the original members of the band, said that they started back in 2001.

“We were meeting regularly and it went on until 2006, and we took a bit of a hiatus after 2006, and recently we got together and decided that it was time to get things going again,” he said.

Saturday night’s performance will be the first show the band has done since their leave in 2006.

With a band of 14 musicians and instruments including drums, pianos, trumpets and a range of saxophones, Sikora said that while the band is big right now, they are always looking for more people.

“We are definitely always looking for people who want to come out and join,” he said. “It’s a variety of people from the community.”

Sikora, a teacher in the Lloydminster Catholic School Division, said that he has always had a keen interest in music.

“The great thing about the big band is if you have ever had music lessons, even dating back to high school, then you are good enough for our band.

“We are not professionals, it isn’t out main profession, it’s just something that we enjoy to do.”

Anyone who has ever played an instrument would make it in the group, according to Sikora.

With the start up of the band again, the one thing that Sikora and the rest of the group will be looking for this year is more members.

Asked if there was one instrument over another that he would like to see more of in the band, Sikora said that while open to all instruments, the band is really looking for trumpet and trombone players right now.

“We want people to come check us out and see if they would be interested in joining us,” he said.

To get more information about joining the band, Sikora said that you can call him at Holy Rosary, 780-875-3600, or email him at Asikora@lcsd.ca.

The Junction Jazz Big Band will take the stage on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m, at the Legacy Centre, and the event is open to everyone.

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