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    AJAMAF 2024: Big Bandemic Divas' Night

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    WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: SONJA GUSTAFSON, RICK KISH & DENISE PELLEY

    TUESDAY JUNE 11, 2024

    8:00 PM   |  DOORS OPEN @ 7:00 PM

    FREE ADMISSION  

    MAXIMUM OF 4 TICKETS PER ORDER

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    With the start of the pandemic in early 2020, all live wind-instrument playing stopped. By the end of the year, musicians were restless to find a place to play, so Karl Hermann and John Thompson started a group that used the Internet to allow people to play together, but from home. The musicians could hear and see each other online. What to call the Group?  Big Bandemic — what else?

    The online sessions were chaotic, especially because of the inherent delays in Internet technology.  But the musicians persisted, and Big Bandemic held eighteen sessions in the first half of 2021

    With the re-opening of the country in 2021, the band quickly moved to regular Monday evening sessions at the Lambeth Legion. The arrangement included physical distancing and masks when not playing. Big Bandemic rehearses weekly at the Lambeth Legion and helps them out with some fundraising concerts each year.  In June 2022, the band participated in the inaugural Aeolian Jazz Festival and continues to perform to sold out crowds in Southwestern Ontario.

    The 17-piece big band grew out of necessity because of the pandemic, but we plan to play together for as long as the musicians enjoy the experience.


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