Swing Band

When a Pittsburgh native musician served in the Navy Band in Washington, DC, he formed a group smaller than a traditional big band but larger than a small combo to perform at events not usually covered by the Navy Band. These were usually dinner parties for the diplomatic corps. Several members of the band contributed arrangements for the ensemble which included alto and tenor saxophones, trumpet, and trombone and a rhythm section made up of piano, bass and drums. The band was very successful and in much demand in the Capitol area for many years. When this musician retired from the service, he returned to Pittsburgh and decided to sell the band’s library of arrangements. This was the beginning of the band, Mark VII. Using these arrangements as the core of its library, additional tunes were added by local and national arrangers. The library has grown substantially since that time many years ago.

The size of the ensemble makes it large enough to carry some of the impact of a Big Band, yet small enough to have the flexibility and intimacy of a small combo. The founding principles of the band are clear. This is a swing band, and swing it does!!

Picture from October 21, 2007 Performance

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Lou Casini



Last Modified April 10, 2010