About Big Band Tradition

The Big Band Tradition has its roots in a small band founded by Christ Congregational Church members in the early 1970’s. That band performed at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. for the National Convention of the Congregational Church in the US. It was reestablished as a big band in 1994 to perform at Martin’s Crosswinds for CCC’s 50th anniversary.


Under the leadership of Chuck O’Connor and later Steven Kaufman, it grew into a full-sized band with 18 members. It includes five saxophones, five trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, guitar, drums, and vocalist.


Band members are varied in age, live throughout the metropolitan area, and are from all walks of life. Several also play professionally in other musical groups.

Music Library

Big Band Tradition has an extensive library of concert and dance arrangements that span dance styles and tempos from before the Swing Era to the present.


If you’d like to come to listen, you’re welcome to contact the Band Leader. The band rehearses regularly on the first and third Tuesday evenings of each month from 8:30pm to 10:00pm at:

Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901