The Blue Note Swing Orchestra is known internationally as one of
the premier jazz ensembles in the United States. Founded by Robert
Slack, the group has a diverse history in which they have recorded
for major motion pictures and commercials, received honors by receiving
invitations and winning many festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.
The Blue Note Swing Orchestra regularly travels to Japan and is
the summer house band at the Hyatt
Regency in Maui.
The group also records frequently in the world class Citrus College
studios where they recorded their
prestigious Down Beat
award winning album “A Tribute to Duke Ellington”.
A large component of the ensemble’s success is the professional
environment in which it frequently functions. The Blue Note Swing
Orchestra is contracted to perform in many varied experiences ranging
from corporate parties, dances, backing up major artists and recordings
including the legendary Count Basie arranger and composer Sam
Nestico. Material that the group studies and performs ranges
broadly from classic to contemporary.
Fundamentals and attention to detail including musical style, phrasing,
intonation to the attire and image of the ensemble are highly stressed.
Students from the Blue Note Swing Orchestra have gone on to perform
with or on Broadway, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, No
Day, The Offspring,
Gwen Stefani, Las Vegas,
Carnival Cruise Lines, Branson Missouri, Japan, as well as other
artist/venues and areas of the entertainment industry, as well as
receiving scholarships and graduating from local and major universities.
Instrumentation is 5 woodwinds, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, piano,
guitar, bass, drums, percussion and vocals. Audition is required,
contact the music office for more information – 626.914.8580.
Sam Nestico, Bill Liston, Mighty Ducks 3, Slap Her... She’s
French, various commercials, Jimmy Borges Tribute to Frank Sinatra,
A tribute to Duke Ellington, Take A Number.
Montreaux Switzerland, North Seas Jazz Festival, Luxembourg Jazz
Festival, The Paradise jazz theater Belgium, Berkely Jazz Festival,
South West Jazz Festival,
The Blue Note Swing Orchestra has supported Michael Maguire, Sandy
Duncan, Gwen Stefani, Bob Newhart, Patti Paige, Art Linkletter,
Nanette Fabray and Dale Kristien (star of Phantom in LA for 2000