Welcome to the Big Band Tradition website! If you would like to contact the band with questions or possible concert/dance opportunities, please use the contact information (e-mail addresses) at the end of this web page.

Following is a description of the kinds of music that the band enjoys playing, plus some additional information about them and their previous gigs.


Big Band Tradition

A full-sized big band based in Silver Spring, Maryland
Performing a variety of instrumental and vocal music
for dances and concerts in the Washington, D.C., area

Dance Music
A variety of dance styles: foxtrots, waltzes, tangos, mambos, sambas, line dances, etc.

Dance Music of the Swing Band Era (1930’s, 1940’s)

  • Glenn Miller
  • Duke Ellington
  • Harry James
  • Tommy Dorsey
  • Benny Goodman
  • Count Basie
  • And others

Dance Music of the Post-Swing Era (1950’s to present)

  • Stan Kenton
  • Woody Herman
  • Sammy Nestico
  • Brian Setzer
  • And others

Concert Music

A history of big-band music from past to present, or music of a particular well-known band, or a variety of music: some old, some new, some fast-paced, some blue.

Modern Day Concert Music

  • Buddy Rich
  • Bill Holman
  • Oliver Nelson
  • Tom Kubis
  • Thad Jones
  • Doc Severinsen
  • Maynard Ferguson
  • Gordon Goodwin
  • And others

Representative Performances

    • Big Band Society
  • Elks Club, Rockville
  • Goodman Hall, B’nai Israel
    • Retirement and Assisted Living Facilities
  • Schweinhaut Senior Center
  • Asbury Methodist Village
  • Summerville of Potomac
    • Institutions and Clubs
  • New Deal Cafe
  • Silver Spring Civic Center
  • Bethesda Naval Medical Center Officers Club
  • Greenbelt Community Center
  • Fairfax, VA, Elks Club
    • Churches
  • Christ Congregational Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
  • Woodside Methodist Church
  • St. Andrews Lutheran Church


  1. Tony Jordan · April 13, 2019

    Correction: The time is 8 – 11.


  2. Tony Jordan · January 31, 2018

    7:30 – 10:00 PM
    There will be food, beverages and entertainment for all! Listening and dancing open to everyone. Free – donations accepted at the door.


  3. Tony Jordan · January 24, 2018

    We’ll be at Christ Congregation Church 9525 Colesville Rd in Silver Spring on Friday, February 9th. Check back for the time.


    • Tony Jordan · April 13, 2019

      This performance has been rescheduled for May 18th, 8 – 10.


  4. Don Becker · May 26, 2017

    Couldn’t make the Valentine Day dance at CCC, when/where is the next one?


    • Tony Jordan · May 26, 2017

      Nothing scheduled at the moment. Keep your eye on this sight. When our next performance is scheduled it will be posted here.


    • Tony Jordan · September 17, 2017

      We’ll be opening the Greenbelt Jazz Festival on Oct. 14.


  5. Archer Anthony Jordan · February 3, 2017

    Here’s a listing of this event in Jazz Near You Bethesda.


  6. Archer Anthony Jordan · December 23, 2016

    We are scheduled to play at CCC (9525 Colesville Rd in Silver Spring) on Feb. 11th, 2017. I hope to post a flyer here when it gets closer.


  7. Archer Anthony Jordan · April 27, 2016

    The Big Band Tradition has a profile on All About Jazz: http://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/bigbandtradition


  8. Jennifer Gelman · February 11, 2016

    I believe it’s from 7pm – 10pm at CCC (as mentioned above). It’s a fundraiser for their youth group so there is a “suggested donation”.


  9. Don Becker · February 1, 2016

    Hope that flyer gets put up pretty soon! when does the Feb. 20th performance start?


  10. Renay Weissman · December 29, 2015

    Would like to know if the band is playing anywhere soon that I could listen to their performance?


    • roadiedave · December 30, 2015

      Absolutely! They are scheduled to play at CCC (9525 Colesville Rd in Silver Spring) on Feb. 20th, 2016. I hope to post a flyer here when it gets closer.


    • Archer Anthony Jordan · April 28, 2016

      Our next currently scheduled performance is Sunday, August 7th, 2016, 5pm – 8pm at the New Deal Cafe 113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt, MD 20770. http://www.newdealcafe.com/


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