The Notables Swing Band

Playing the Great Swing Music from the Big Band Era


The big band era comes alive whenever The Notables Swing Band plays the great swing music of the 1930's - 50's. We are a 17-member band in Central Oregon that provides rousing live big band music for dancing and entertainment. Our playlist also includes a big variety of more recent favorites, all played with the traditional full sounds of a classic big band.

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Betty Berger

Betty Berger
December 14, 1929–March 20, 2019

The best decision the band ever made was to coax Betty to come out of retirement and join the Notables Swing Band. With her cheerful demeanor, professionalism and experience singing songs from the big band era of the 40s the band immediately rose to a new, higher level of playing every time Betty stepped up to sing. Diminutive in stature but with a huge heart and tremendous love of this big band music, Betty was one of a kind. We miss her immensely.

Doug Ward

Doug Ward
October 29, 1945–April 3, 2018

This photo tells you all you need to know about Doug. A ray of sunshine every time he entered a room, Doug was always upbeat and a wonderful bandmate. Whether it was playing in the trombone section or belting out a Frank Sinatra song, Doug was always there for us. To paraphrase Sinatra, Doug “had a very good life”.

Howard Gorman

Howard Gorman
December 7, 1938–April 11, 2018

The Notables Swing Band would never have had such a successful start if not for Howard. He was the organizer, the connection guy and a tireless promoter for the band. Howard had us booked into festivals in Redmond, Prineville, and Sunriver our very first year. And, along with his daughter, Kathy, he designed our music stand fronts and put together our website. This website even after 9 years is still 90% unchanged from the original. So, from all of the musicians in the band, a big,“Thank you Howard for being instrumental in making all this happen”.


  • Life on Hold
    (Played in the key of C-19)

    We miss you All! (and hope you miss us!)
    Music gets us through all kinds of things.
    It will comfort and sustain us
    during this time as well.

  • NO Afternoon Dances until
    SENIOR CENTER reopens

    Practice your dance steps at home -
    the 6-foot Tango?
    Listen to good music
    while staying healthy

  • Betty Berger $1,000
    Vocal Scholarship
    applications now available

    We have an obligation to Betty
    and it WILL happen.

    The $1,000 First prize winner and
    the top runners-up will perform
    in concert with the Notables Swing Band.
    Video of the concert will post on YouTube

    Application deadline and date of the concert will be extended and adjusted Contact:

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Betty Berger Vocal Scholarship Fund

With the new Betty Berger Vocal Scholarship Fund, our goal is to award a $1,000 Scholarship to the most deserving Central Oregon High School vocalist. With your help this will be a re-occurring, annual award.

To make a donation, please make out checks to:
Notables Swing Band with a notation For Betty Berger Scholarship Fund
Mail to:
Notables Swing Band
3062 NW Underhill Pl.
Bend, OR 97703

Donate with your Pay Pal account

We will also have a donation jar at our gigs and a FREE CD of Betty singing with bands in San Diego and Central Oregon.


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    “The Notables Swing Band is a true delight. Their music draws people out onto the dance floor for a great time, there are rhythms for everyone.” Brenda C., Bend

  • Note

    “We received lots of very positive feedback about the change in music (from previous years) and, obviously, you kept them dancing!!!!”  Thank you and Merry Christmas, Stephanie

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    “Hi Marvin, what a great concert you guys had last night. Great music and the evening was especially meaningful with the veterans tribute. Really enjoyed it! Glad I went!”  Kelly Bleyer, KBND Radio

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    “Thanks Marv and all the Notables and Harmonettes for a wonderful concert. Feedback was great, and I think we may make this an annual event.”  Thanks again, Carmen

  • Note

    “Thank you so much for participating in the July 4th Festival at Drake Park. Your music was beyond perfect. I heard so many positive comments...”  Charlene Schutz, Bend Park and Recreation


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