Big Band

The Big Band was formed in the Spring of 2017 and has become an attraction for those individuals who enjoy playing music associated with this genre. The band’s repertoire covers the music of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Buddie Rich, Quincy Jones, Alan Baylock, just to name a few. Our intention is to entertain our audiences by playing music of all styles.

The Big Band rehearses every Sunday evening from 5- 6:30pm at Calvary Orlando. The group utilizes trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, bass (acoustic and electric), guitar, and drums. Jazz improvisation and musical experience performing in this style of ensemble is not a necessity for membership. Those individuals with the ability to improvise will find that they have an outlet in this organization.

Amateurs and professionals who enjoy jazz ensemble music and who wish to join others with the same interest will find a home in the CFCArts Big Band. This is a non-auditioned group for those that are 18 years of age or older.  Any questions regarding joining or playing in our organization may contact Priscilla Greenough at 407-937-1800, Ext. 708 or via email at priscilla@cfcarts.com.

About the Directors

John Almeida holds the BM in Performance from the Univ. of Alabama and an MA in Music from Appalachian State Univ. Mr. Almeida currently teaches Applied Trumpet at Eastern Florida State College and Seminole State College. He remains active as an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association. Mr. Almeida has been a guest artist/clinician in 14 U.S. states. His students have earned music degrees from numerous prominent universities and colleges across the U.S. John Almeida is a Yamaha Performing Artist. Mr. Almeida’s principal teachers include William Adam, Indiana Univ., and Thomas Wholwender, 2nd. Trumpet – The Cleveland Orchestra, and Joe F. Phelps, Appalachian State Univ.

Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Central Florida.  While at UCF, he participated in the Marching Knights, Jammin’ Knights, UCF Wind Ensemble, UCF Concert Band. He was an active member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary service fraternity.  Daniel continued his education by enrolling in Summer Music Education Master’s program at Florida State University and graduated during the Summer of 2017.  He is currently the Band and Orchestra director at a local middle school in the Orlando area.

Priscilla has been involved with music since she started playing the flute in 4th grade. She was a member of an award-winning high school marching band and symphonic band and capped her instrumental career with four years in the Big Brown Music Machine at CSU Long Beach. Since relocating to Florida from California in 2004, she has been involved with several area choirs and has participated in the Candlelight Processional at Epcot as a member of the Walt Disney World Cast Choir for the last 8 years. Priscilla has been a member of the CFCArts Community Choir since its inception and works for the Walt Disney Company as a Guest Information Coordinator.

Spring 2021 Season

From Duke Ellington and Count Basie to Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, come enjoy the music of some of America’s most iconic Black composers and songwriters. Join the CFCArts Big Band for a journey through decades of incredible music that helped change our country and culture. Jazz is the most distinctly American musical genre and there is no better time to celebrate the people and moments that created it than Black History Month.

  • All rehearsals will be 5 – 6:30 PM at Calvary Orlando (1199 Clay St, Winter Park, FL 32789)
  • Please email Priscilla at priscilla@cfcarts.com if you are planning on attending in-person rehearsals.
  • Annual Membership Due: $50

All participants in any in-person activities are required to adhere to all health and safety guidelines (masks, social distancing, using marked entrances and exits, etc.). Click here to read the CFCArts Health & Safety Guidelines. 

  • Do not arrive early for rehearsal.  We would like you to wait in your car until 4:45 (15 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal) to alleviate any crowding and to make sure we have the room set up complete.
  • CFCArts has bell covers available to use during rehearsal in order to help stop the spread of the aerosol created while playing instruments.
  • Bring your own music stand (please let us know if you need CFCArts to provide one for you).
  • Please print your own music.  We are trying to limit touching and exchanging objects. There will not be any extra copies at rehearsal.
  • Brass players, please have something that can collect your excess water from your water key and be prepared to take this home and dispose of it there.

The annual membership due is $50. Cash or check payments can be made at rehearsal and credit card payments can be made online. Please click the button in the box below to pay your dues. For financial assistance, click here.

The spring Big Band concert will be at the Apopka Amphitheater on Sunday, February 21 at 3pm.

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