MEET THE NOTABLES SWING BAND
WITH BETTY BERGER

The Notables Swing Band brings back the “golden oldies” from the Big Band era when swing ruled the dance floors. Many of our band members remember those full sounds and infectious rhythms and in 2010 our band was formed to recreate this great music. Swing has been enjoying a resurgence and we are excited to be part of that in Central Oregon. We play to renew the memories of that music for those who used to dance to swing and, importantly, we play to draw in completely new generations. And we want those who come to our events to have as much fun as we do playing for them!

The Notables Swing Band recently brought Betty Berger out of retirement to sing with the band. Betty led her own band for over 15 years, playing twice monthly at the River House here in Bend. Before that she had a 40 year career singing with bands in Southern California. Her vocals, backed by the 17 piece Notables Swing Band, really do take you back to the days when big bands with singers such as Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Helen Forrest and Ella Fitzgerald ruled the airwaves. We are sure you will appreciate what a great addition Betty Berger is to the band.

The Harmonettes are one more addition to mention. They had their inaugural appearances with the Notables at the Tower Theatre and they brought the house down. They will be appearing off and on with The Notables. Close your eyes and listen to their harmonies and you will be taken back to the Andrew Sisters’ recordings of the 40s.

We all love playing the classic swing music popularized by musicians such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. In that tradition, we have 17 members in order to make that characteristic full sound of a big band by offering the standard instrumentation of the early bands. We believe we provide a very enjoyable experience for all.

We are a non-profit entity. All of our performance fees, after expenses, are donated toward helping various school music programs in the area. The money is used to buy and repair instruments, purchase music and also help pay for school band trips.



The Notables Swing Band performs in numerous venues throughout the Central Oregon area. We have performed at: The Tower Theatre, Bend Golf and Country Club, The Belfry, The Bite of Bend, July 4th at Drake Park, the Quilt Show and Art Faire in Sunriver, Deschutes County Fair and for the Veteran’s Honor Flight show.

What is swing music?

Dancers

WE SUPPORT
SCHOOL MUSIC

All our performance fees, after expenses, are donated toward helping various school music programs in the area. The money is used to buy instruments, supplies and in other needed areas.

2015 KBND radio interview
Belfry video
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RECENT GIGS

  •  Sisters, The Belfrey
  •  Redmond's "Music on the Green"
  •  Bend Senior Center, monthly
  •  Bend Elks
  •  Sunriver Quilt Festival
  •  Sisters Community Park
  •  Prineville "Picnic In the Park"
  •  Redmond VFW
  •  July 4th at Drake Park
  •  Veterans Day Benefit at Tower Theatre
  •  Deschutes County Fair

LINKS

Some of our musicians also play in these area music organizations:

 

>  Cascade Horizon Band

>  Central Oregon Symphony

>  Cascade Winds


OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

 

>  Just Joe's Music

>  Bend Senior Center


Backstage

 

Marv

Marvin Thomas - Music Director

 


our band members

 

Trumpets   Tom Blomstrand
Bob Shimek
Marv Thomas
Marilyn Pinkerton
Rick Homer
Trombones   Herb Blank
Karen Larsen
Paul Shannon
David Brocker
Saxophones   Cliff Robison
Peter Birnbaum
Karen Pagen
John Aklonis
Norm Wonzer
Tom Foote
Steve Heuser
Rhythm Section   Dave Finch, piano
Alan Aulie, bass
Doug Bray, guitar
Bill Ortman, drums
Dan Miller, drums
Vocals   Betty Berger
Norm Wonzer
The Harmonettes
 

Photography  

Howard Gorman
Darrell Fevergeon
Chris Gorman