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Commodores Big Band

Big Band Dance Music from Victoria BC
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Commodores Big Band

since circa 1975
The Commodores Big Band has been playing shows and dance events in Victoria since 1975 when they were called the Coppertones. The Commodores Big Band name was chosen in 1984 to reflect Victoria’s nautical history. The band, with over 1000 tunes in their library, play a hugely varied repertoire of music suitable for dances and stage shows. They are well known to ballroom dancers with gigs at the Butchart Gardens, Empress Hotel, Crystal Garden, Leonardo Da Vinci Centre, Langford Legion, the Edelweiss Club & Goverment House Garden Parties; performs regularly on stage at the Saanich Strawberry Festival, and for weddings, anniversaries and conventions at clubs, halls and private residences all over the Greater Victoria region. The band has a reputation for its committed and talented personnel, and consistently fine performances. They embrace a spirit of enthusiasm, drive and professionalism that has determined its success, longevity and popularity with fans of all ages.

The band’s talented vocalist Kim Greenwood, a native Victorian, is a successful multi-genre artist including jazz, pop, musical theatre and classical. She has performed with many groups across the country, created ensembles and has produced shows including the highly successful "Ella at 100" tribute in 2017. Kim’s other passion is teaching and she has been educating vocalists for over 20 years.

Band leader Mark Fraser is a former school band teacher, and retired assistant superintendent from SD 63. The band has benefited from his inspiring leadership since 2005.
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Current Lineup

Don Fox
Bass
Brian McLagan
Tenor Sax
Sue McTaggart
Trombone
Gerry Wolfe
Trombone
Wayne Speller
Trumpet
Mark Fraser
Leader
Dave Paulson
Keyboards
1975 - present
Pam Gerrits
Tenor Sax
1975 - present
Liam Arthurs
Guitar/ Vocals
1990 - present
Kim Greenwood
Lead Vocalist
2012 - present
Kevin Greenwood
Trumpet
2015 - present
Bruce Ham
Trombone
2016 - present
Dave Flello
Trumpet
2017 - present
Matthew Martin
Trumpet
2017 - present
Brian Hawkins
Trombone
2017 - present
Don Mayer
Alto Sax
2018 - present
Chris Watt
Bari Sax
2020 - present
Amanda Paterson
Alto Sax
2022 - present

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