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Bold, Brassy, Baltimore-based, Big Band - These words only partly describe Shades of Blue Orchestra... the best in Big Band music in the Mid-Atlantic Area!  Here's more...

The Shades of Blue Orchestra performs a variety of musical styles and selections in an effort to promote and recreate the Big Band sound – applying that sound to popular music from the 30’s to the present.  Established in 1976, this 18-piece Big Band consists of a well-balanced complement of brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments as well as two of the finest Big Band vocalists anywhere. The Orchestra’s repertoire of music includes Swing, Rock, Standard Ballads, Popular Ballads, Latin, Retro, Waltzes, Polkas, and miscellaneous selections. The Orchestra has performed at social, fraternal, civic, and business functions throughout the mid-Atlantic area.  The Shades of Blue Orchestra provides consistently high quality music for your listening and dancing pleasure.

When attired in formal wear, the Orchestra displays elegance and professionalism to complement any event!  Whether it's a large venue and crowd, a small intimate setting, indoors or out, Shades of Blue offers outstanding musical entertainment -- expect **** "four stars out of four" from your guests!


The Shades of Blue Orchestra has performed at the following locations:

    Notable Large Venues Notable Historic Locations
     w Baltimore Convention Center  w Johns Hopkins Evergreen House
     w Washington, D.C. Convention Center  w Westminster Hall
     w Meyerhoff Symphony Hall  w Engineering Soc. of Baltimore
     w Morris Mechanic Theatre  w The Peabody Library
     w Oriole Park at Camden Yards  w B&O Railroad Museum
     w M&T Bank Stadium  w Baltimore Museum of Industry
     w Smithsonian Institute  w The Walters Art Gallery
     w Ripken Stadium  w Shrine of the Boumi Temple
     w Pimlico Race Course  w Scottish Rite Temple
     w University Center - UMBC  w Masonic Grand Lodge
     w Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, Annapolis  w American Visionary Arts Museum
     w Carroll County Arts Center  w Auburn House - Towson University
     w Mt. Gretna Playhouse (PA)  w Savage Mills
       w Paca House - Annapolis
    Hotels/Ballroom Facilities  w Grey Rock Mansion
     w Willard Inter-Continental - D.C.  w Liriodendron Mansion
     w Baltimore Hyatt Regency  w Ceresville Mansion
     w Sheraton Inner Harbor  w Ostertag Vista
     w Harbor Court Hotel  w Aspen Institute
     w Lord Baltimore Hotel  w Maple Hall
     w Baltimore Renaissance Hotel  w Ft. McNair (D.C.)
     w Belvedere Hotel  w Valencia Ballroom (York, PA)  
     w Hunt Valley Inn       
     w Towson Sheraton Country Clubs/Resorts
     w Pikesville Hilton  w DuPont Country Club
     w Sheraton BWI  w Baltimore Country Club
     w Tidewater Inn (Easton)  w Maryland Club
     w Bethesda Marriott  w Elkridge Club
     w Sheraton Premiere (Tysons)  w Greenspring Club
     w Key Bridge Marriott (D.C.)  w Turf Valley Resort
     w Harrisburg Marriott  w Suburban Club
     w Martin’s West, East, Eudowood, Northpoint  w Rolling Road Club
     w Martin’s Westminster  w Hillendale Club
       w Crofton Country Club
    Other Regional Locations/Clients  w Old South Country Club
     w Friday Night Dance Club  w Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
     w Lady Baltimore (Inner Harbor)   
     w Boordy Vineyards Notable Events
     w Naylor Wine Cellars  w Ocean City Sunfest
     w The Avenue at White Marsh  w Baltimore City Fair
     w WLG Radio  w Walters Art Gallery Hackerman House Gala
     w WYPR Radio  w Army/Navy Weekend Gala
     w Fox 45 TV  w Baltimore Ravens All-Community Team
     w WJZ TV  


Fee Considerations

Major factors that determine the contract fees to obtain the services of Shades of Blue Orchestra include:

  • Date of Event
  • Location of Event
  • Duration of Event
  • Date of Contract
  • Special Entertainment Arrangements

Your organization will find that the Orchestra.

Arrangements to hear the group can be made to coincide with rehearsals or scheduled performances. Contact the Orchestra Manager for further details. A demo CD and/or song list are available upon request.


Customer Commitment

The Shades of Blue Orchestra offers the finest in Big Band music.  Nevertheless, our commitment to you goes far beyond the musical offering.  We will:

  • provide personal service and flexibility in planning and preparing for your event.
  • visit and review any event site we have not previously played (as appropriate).
  • be efficient and as discrete as possible in set-up and tear-down.
  • provide a bandstand set-up that is neat as well as functional.
  • dress in an appropriate professional manner for your occasion.
  • start our performance on time and end breaks promptly.
  • demonstrate the highest standards of professional conduct at all times.
  • do our utmost to provide quality entertainment for the dancing and listening pleasure of your guests.


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