Frequently Asked Questions

How big is Jumptown Big Band?

The band consists of 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, and
drums.  We also have a vocalist.  Our “Meet the Band” page features more than
17 members. We have several talented members who play with us regularly who
swap out positions as schedule requires.

What are the space requirements of a band this size?

A big band does take up more space than a small jazz combo, so space
consideration is important when hiring this type of group.  We have two standard
preferred setups with areas of 24 ft x 24 ft or 16 ft x 32 ft, but we can typically
find a way to fit the venue.  We can provide a stage plot with our typical layout
requirements.  Please contact us if you have particular concerns regarding space.

Does the band have travel limits?

Our standard performance locations are within the Portland metropolitan area.
However, we would consider traveling depending on the circumstances. If you
are considering hiring the band for a performance where long distance travel is
required, please contact us for further information.

Do you take requests?

We have an extensive library of dance band and stage band arrangements.  If we
have a requested piece in our library at a gig, we will try to accommodate. If a
request is made in advance of a performance and we don’t have it in our library,
we will try to obtain the requested arrangement.

Is swing music the only style the band performs?

The band is predominantly a swing and jazz band.  However, we have some
Latin, rock, and funk arrangements in our library.  Dance band sets will typically
include waltzes, tangos, cha-chas, or even a polka.

How much does it cost to hire the band?

Depending on the event and time required, our fees range between $1,200 and
$4,000. Typical performance times range from one to four hours.  Each event is
individually priced. Please contact us for a price quote. We will work with you
to try to fit your budget.