OVATIONS is the premier big band of the Southeast. Led by veteran trumpet player Don Edwards who was a member of several name big bands, it performs all the Standards and Swing tunes from the Big Band era along with a touch of more contemporary music as needed for dancing. Ovations is at home performing for engagements ranging from receptions and dances to national conventions and festivals. Its size ranges from seven to fifteen members as needed. With its exceptional music, extensive song list and Edwards' spot-on ability to read and cater to the crowd, Ovations is known as "the band that keeps dancers on the floor and listeners begging for more!"
What to Expect
The band provides its own band stands, stand lights and library. For local and regional engagements, it can also provides its own keyboard and drums. For shows, festivals, larger venues and engagements outside Charlotte, it will need a piano or quality electric keyboard, drum set and sound system. When possible, it needs a riser that must be a minimum of 8' wide, 8 ' deep and 1-1/2' high for smaller versions of the band. For larger versions, the riser must be a minimum of 16' wide, 8' deep and 1-1 1/2' high. The required size of the full stage would vary, depending on the size of the band.
OVATIONS is a premier commercial dance band led by veteran trumpeter Don Edwards, whose impressive and varied background includes playing lead trumpet with the bands of Hal McIntyre, Ray Anthony, Billy May, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton. Following the big band era, Edwards spent fifteen years in Vegas, playing lead in stage show bands, backing major stars and entertainers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, Jack Jones and a host of other artists.
The band can vary in size from seven to fifteen members as needed. It is especially popular for special events that include wedding receptions, anniversary parties, corporate events and national conventions. With its hand-picked musicians, extensive song list and exceptional ability to read and cater to the crowd, Ovations always welcomes requests from the audience, and is equally at home performing at both concerts and dances, as well as providing a background of smart listening music at receptions. Shortly after it was introduced to the public, Ovations became known as "the band that keeps dancers on the floor and listeners begging for more!"
Additional Booking Notes
For indoor events, the band would prefer enough overhead lighting to enable the band members to read their charts. It would also have its own stand lights to use as needed. The band would also require dressing rooms where the members can dress. When performing indoors, It also needs a break room with a minimum of light refreshments during its breaks.
The only time set lists are used is when the band is performing a concert or show. On all other engagements, leader Don Edwards prefers to be adaptable and follow the moods and likes of the crowd.
Influences & Inspiration
The big bands of Louis Armstrong, Ray Anthony, Count Basie, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Harry James,Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Rob McConnell, Billy May, Glenn Miller, Nelson Riddle, Artie Shaw, Charlie Spivak, Jack Teagarden and Claude Thornhill.
Wow!.......This is the best band I've heard since leaving Vegas!!