Big Band Express

all your favorite big band tunes in Tucson Arizona


Big Band Express was founded over two decades ago in 1994 by Tom Patrick and Dave Plank as a vehicle to promote and perform big band music in Tucson and all over Southern Arizona.  For many years, Tom Patrick lead the band from the drum set and created quite a loyal following.  After Tom’s retirement from the band, Kelland Thomas as lead alto took the band in a new direction with more contemporary charts and an expansion of soloists fronting the band.  In the same vein, the current leader, Pete Swan, has taken the reins of the most swinging band in Southern Arizona and another chapter has begun.

Tom Patrick, co-founder

Dave Plank, co-founder

Pete Swan, current leader

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