Blue Ridge Big Band
The Blue Ridge Big Band, from Western North Carolina and under the direction of Dr. John Entzi, is comprised of 19 like-minded musicians who share a common love of big band music and performing. The band’s mission is to enjoy performing while entertaining audiences with a wide variety of musical styles. Their repertoire ranges from traditional big band music (Glen Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman) to newer jazz (Chick Corea, Stan Getz) and even popular beach, R&B, and funk music from the 1960’s and 70’s. They are able to entertain audiences of any age, from the young to the young at heart. The band performs frequently for concerts, dances and private parties, and is known for putting smiles on faces and feet on the dance floor and taking listeners on a journey through time.
The Band Leader, Dr. John Entzi, received his DMA on trumpet from USC, Columbia. Dr. Entzi has toured extensively throughout the Southeast where he performed with Holiday on Ice, Disney on Parade, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, Henry Busse Orchestra, John Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, When Swing Was King, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and the US Airways Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with such luminaries as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Nancy Wilson, The Four Tops, The Spinners, The Temptations, Anita Bryant, Martha Raye, Bernadette Peters, Johnnie Ray, and Gladys Knight and the Pips.