What do you get when you put five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, one piano, one bass, one drummer, one guitar, and two vocalists together?
You get the Alex Rene' Big Band, a group of 18 multi-talented musicians and singers.
The band’s sound and style are based upon the period of American music known as The Golden Age of the Big Bands, which occurred between the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s & ’60s. Popular bands of the day were conducted by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, and many others. However, this does not mean that the band’s performances are limited only to that period of music; our very talented vocalist Mari McNeil includes many popular tunes and songs of today, done in the style of the Big Bands.
Since its formation in 2004 by Alex Rene’, the band has presented many dances and fundraisers for organizations such as the American Heart Association, Lancaster Opera House, and The Wounded Warriors Veterans Association. Also, the band has performed many summer park concerts throughout Western New York.
Alex Rene’s love of Big Bands goes back to his high school days in Cleveland, Ohio, as a member of what was then called a stage band. Shortly after coming to Buffalo in 1968 to attend the University of Buffalo, Alex formed his first Big Band and, with his loving wife and family, has been at it ever since. Big Bands are enjoying a major resurgence in America, now being found in high schools and colleges. Many communities have formed Big Bands of their own.
The interest and love of Big Bands is anything but 'dead' as they were once thought to be. Thanks to many young (and not so young) talented musicians, Big Bands are alive and doing well. The Alex Rene' Big Band is one of them.