Red Raville's Big Band Sounds was formed by Red in 1986 and has 15 members; 6 brass, 5 saxes, piano, bass, drums and vocalist. The band has performed concerts and private events (weddings, anniversaries, receptions, and ballroom dances) from Lake Placid to Corning, NY, including the 2006 Syracuse Blues Festival and Utica Monday Night's Opening Gala in 2005. I have been playing lead Alto Sax in this group since 2006, and used to sub with this band for 6 years prior to that.

The band has an extensive library of dance music, including swinging jazz of the 30's and 40's dance bands (think Benny Goodman, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers...), latin numbers (cha-chas, bossa novas, merengues, etc.), waltzes, polkas, and some popular rock tunes.

You can get in touch with Red by calling 315/691-3909 or emailing him directly at You can find out more about Big Band Sounds, including upcoming performances at the BBS website.