Historical Background - The Big Big Jazz Band
The Big Big Jazz Band was organized in 1968, as the Bob Troxell Big Big Jazz Band to serve as the pit orchestra at the Fulton Theater for a Lancaster politics-spoofing show written by Donald Goldstrom, the first guitarist in the band. For over 50 years we have been serving Lancaster county and surrounding areas with Gary Peters as the current Musical Director. Bob Troxell continues to support the band as a substitute on trombone.
Thus far in its history, the big band (or the 7-member Dixieland Connection to the big band) have played for over 400 fund-raising benefit performances, concerts for community organizations, jazz worship services, funerals and other church-related occasions. It is estimated they have helped to raise over three-quarters of a million dollars to meet these organization’s operating needs. The musical library has well over 500 arrangements of tunes, both secular and some religious; many are reminiscent of the exciting sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, the Dorsey Brother’s Bands, etc.
About half of the band is now retired and the rest are working professionals from Lancaster County. Messrs Goldstrom, Troxell and Dr. J. Albert Schulz, pianist, have many years of producing, performing and show business in their backgrounds, enabling the band to present attractive and entertaining performances for their listening, dancing and church audiences.
In the past few years performances have included: Organ Fund Benefit dance for 1st Presbyterian Church, Camp Hill, a concert at Cornwall Manor, Methodist Retirement Community, Lancaster Iris Club Boxwood Ball Charities Dance, Jazz Mass at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Lancaster, Cleft Palate Clinic Benefit show at American Music Theater, Lititz, USO benefit Dance for Lititz Public Library, Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster fund raising benefit at Lancaster Country Club, a concert at Willow Valley Retirement Community, concerts at the American Cancer Society "Relay for Life", a concert in Lancaster Square for the Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, Jazz Worship services at First U. Methodist Church, Lancaster, concerts at Nissley Vineyards for Benefit of Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization, a benefit dance for Lancaster Catholic High School at the Lancaster Country Club and a Jazz Worship Service at the Lititz Moravian Congregation.