The Lake Norman Big Band is the premier big band in the Lake Norman and greater Charlotte area.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable musical arts organization formed by all-volunteer musicians.  The Lake Norman Big Band takes the stage with about 20 members and performs the full spectrum of jazz music from the 1920's to present day.  We perform selections from Dixieland, swing, bebop, Latin, jazz-rock fusion, faith and pop genres.  The group generally performs with 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones (2 alto, 2 tenor & baritone), a rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums & percussion) and vocalists.

The big band has been performing regularly for the public on a monthly schedule since January 2010.  We also perform for charities, churches, festivals, non-profit organizations, clubs, fund raisers, veteran’s groups, corporate celebrations, etc.  We play in either concert venues or dinner/dance settings.  Playlists are developed specifically for each occasion.  The band is currently booking performance engagements.  Please contact us for more information.


Next Live Performance:

Third Monday Concert/Dance
Finish Line Restaurant at
George Pappas' Victory Lanes

Mooresville, NC

Monday, September 21, 2015

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Reservations Strongly Recommended
Donations Requested


NEWS: The Lake Norman Big Band hosted our 2015 Summer Jazz Celebration.  This was an inspiring, educational event (band camp if you will) for our group.  For the public, it was an opportunity to hear our band featuring a couple of the finest jazz saxophone artists around.  The band kicked off the event with a two hour rehearsal on Friday evening and then spent the entire day on Saturday in sectionals and full ensemble rehearsals.  The culmination of the weekend was a concert on Saturday evening, Aug. 22nd in the sanctuary of Williamson's Chapel United Methodist Church. 

Our featured guest artist was preeminent saxophonist, Mr. James Riggs from Denton, Texas.  Mr. Riggs is Regents Professor Emeritus of the University of North Texas College of Music Jazz Studies, and Performance Divisions.  From 1993 until his retirement in August 2008, Riggs taught Applied Saxophone, Jazz Style and Analysis, and directed the Two O'Clock Lab Band.  He holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Toledo.  Mr. Riggs is an artist/clinician for Rico International.  He has produced many award-winning saxophonists including Dr. Will Campbell, who is the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Saxophone at UNC Charlotte.  Dr. Campbell joined his mentor as an instructor, and played in the band for The 2015 Summer Jazz Celebration concert.

James Riggs               Will Campbell



The 2015 Summer Jazz Celebration concert program:

    Pegasus – composed and arranged by Hank Levy

    I Thought About You - composed by Jimmy Van Heusen, arranged by Billy Byers

    Perdido - composed by Juan Tizol, arranged by Urbie Green

    Sophisticated Lady (Trumpet section feature) - composed by Duke Ellington, arranged by Curt Wilson

    Lonely Street - composed and arranged by Sammy Nestico

    Skippin’ - composed and arranged by Jack Petersen

    Moondance (Trombone section feature) - composed by Van Morrison, arranged by Eric Goldstein

    Out Of Nowhere - composed by Johnny Green, arranged by Bill Holman 

    Prohibido (Saxophone section feature) composed by Benny Carter, edited by DuBoff and Sultanof

    My Foolish Heart - composed by Victor Young, arranged by Neil Slater

    Take the A Train - composed by Billy Strayhorn, arranged by Jeff Tyzik


The Lake Norman Big Band's musical home is the Finish Line Restaurant and Lounge.  This venue is located at 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville, NC. in George Pappas' Victory Lanes.  The concert/dance area is enclosed and separated from the bowling alley so that sound from the lanes does not disrupt our music. 

All shows are held on the third Monday of each month from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
Dinner seating is available at booths, regular tables and high tops.  Limited seating is also available at the bar.  The restaurant charges a $10 walk-up cover charge.  Reservations may be made by calling the Finish Line at 704-664-2695.  Those reservations are held with a charge of $20 per person.  This fee covers entertainment, food, and nonalcoholic beverages.  Any remaining seats are available on a first come/first served basis.

Our band encourages donations in order to continue to provide quality programs.

We are excited to be able to continue to present the Lake Norman and greater Charlotte area with the finest in live big band jazz music.

Click here to read our feature article in the Charlotte Observer's
Mooresville News section - published on Wed. Sep. 3, 2014.

Click here to read our feature article in the Charlotte Observer's
Lake Norman News section - published on Wed. Feb. 1, 2012.

The Lake Norman Big Band is made possible in part, with funding by the Arts and Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

The Lake Norman Big Band
19706 One Norman Blvd.
Suite B134
Cornelius, NC  28031

Contact: Jim McNabb

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