As an enterprising young man, Armand Blais blended his love for big band music and his optimism into a lifelong dream. He created an 18-piece orchestra with a male and female vocalist. The orchestra has been playing swing, Latin and big band music for enthusiastic audiences at benefits, retirement communities and hotels.
With five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, piano, bass, drums and a singer in the line up, Blais and the band work hard to keep the band playing at least a few gigs per month. Like any band, the orchestra has to work for free sometimes in between paying shows.
From as far back as the fourth grade, Blais can remember being influenced by the movie "The Glenn Miller Story". "I watched all of these guys playing and entertaining the crowds and riding in the band bus". He knew from that moment on what he wanted to do in life.
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