The Dan Shaer Big Band is an 18-piece band started originally by Dan Shaer in the mid 80’s as The Music of Your Life Orchestra, representing the internationally syndicated radio show of the same name. Under Dan’s leadership the band represented the radio show performing live concerts and dances across Ontario at various venues including the Royal York Hotel and the Harbour Castle in Toronto. The band was also featured in the touring musical I’ve Heard That Song Before written by Dan & Wendy Shaer.
The Dan Shaer Big Band is not your traditional big band. Their moto is, “Not your grandma’s big band.” Since its inception, the band has featured a modern sound similar to the Brian Setzer and Phil Collins Big Bands, performing modern versions of traditional big band music and contemporary music. The members of the band come from the Quinte region, east to Kingston, as far west as Toronto, from the Peterborough area, and all along the lakeshore.
Members of the Dan Shaer Big Band
Band Vocalist – Wendy Shaer
Drums – Dan Shaer
Piano – Ken Cory
Bass – Tyson Galloway
Guitar – Neal Mattice
Percussion – Lance Jeffery
Bellevegas IV: The Big Band Sessions will be held Saturday, November 5, 7:30 pm at The Empire Theatre in Belleville, featuring the fabulous Dan Shaer Big Band and some very talented vocalists: Jeanette Arsenault, Lenni Stewart, Wendy Shaer, Susan Walsh, Kim Dafoe, Debra Tosh, Jenn Miller, Tim Campbell, Tim Hunt, John Miller, Sonya Zaback and Freddie Vette (who will also host the event). Tickets are just $25, $20 for students and QAC members, and are on sale at the Empire Theatre in Belleville, 613-969-0099, http://www.theempiretheatre.com. Some tickets are also on sale at the QAC Gallery and Gift Shop, 36 Bridge St. East, Belleville. For more information, call 613-962-1232.