Biography: George Gee Swing Orchestra
The George Gee Swing Orchestra (formerly known as “The Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra”) deeply enjoys their hard-earned reputation as the swingin’-est, blowin’-est, hepp-est classic big band in New York City. And they take special pride in their ranking as the #1 swing dance band by legendary Savoy dancers like Frankie Manning and Dawn Hampton – and dedicated fans around the world.
The 17-piece George Gee Swing Orchestra has been the powerhouse core of George’s perpetual swing-fest for 25 years. George formed the Orchestra while he was a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. They remained based there throughout the 1980's. Even though the city was in dire economic straits – and Swing hadn’t been played regularly on pop radio in decades - the George Gee Swing Orchestra flourished! The big band performed steadily - at colleges, clubs, country clubs, society events, concert halls and festivals – building an impressive, loyal fan base throughout the area. Road trips included jaunts to New York City for special appearances at Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater and numerous "Savoy Sunday" shows for the New York Swing Dance Society.
George and his same masterful artists who play dazzling public shows at prestigious concert halls around the world are equally honored to lead selected weddings, corporate productions, black-tie galas and other private parties.
George offers elegant music, including traditional classical selections, for your wedding ceremony. A small group then sets the right tone for your cocktail hour -- as low key or lively as you prefer!
In your main party, you will discover that in addition to their signature Swing, Big Band and Jazz styles, the George Gee Orchestra also offers awesome renditions of classic rock’n’roll, Motown and old-school funk/R & B grooves! You’ve probably already heard many of George’s musicians – because they have also performed with such top stars as Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys, Tito Puente -- and also with the Saturday Night Live Band, the Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Lionel Hampton and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and countless Broadway hits. That makes it a snap for George to bring you the real thing!
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