About Us

The Salisbury Swing Band is a 18 member Non-Profit dance band made up of 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums and a vocalist.

Based in Salisbury, NC, the band is available for functions in and around the Charlotte – Greensboro – Winston-Salem metropolitan areas.

We also field a smaller Combo group consisting of 9 or so players that is designed to fit smaller, quieter or more intimate settings unsuitable to the big band.  This group usually has piano, bass, drums, guitar, trombone, trumpet, alto sax, and tenor sax, as well as a vocalist.  Some of the sax players cover other reed instruments as needed (clarinet, soprano sax, bass clarinet, etc.)

Our leader is Dr. Steve Etters, who is also the Director of Bands and Music Education at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.

The band’s extensive repertoire ranges from ragtime from the early 19 teens and twenties, the big band styles of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s (swing, straight-ahead, blues, Latin, shuffle, ballad, rock and roll), to the popular dance styles of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s (East Coast “beach music”, R&B, funk, disco, and rock), as well as current dance hits.

Because we’re a non-profit organization, the band is surprisingly affordable. The musicians’ dedication and commitment to the band is more important than high financial rewards. Our main concern is to provide a first rate performance at an affordable fee.

The band is ideally suited for Grand Balls, Society Events, Weddings, Charity Functions, and Private and Corporate dinners and parties.

A big band is not generally loud. Many smaller groups and DJs are actually louder. We use a sound system mainly for the vocalist and announcing.

We play just about any type of dance music. Unlike most big bands, this is not a pick up band, but a polished, experienced group of handpicked musicians most of whom have played together for some time.

The typical stage area required for the full band is around 25ft wide by 20ft deep.  It’s usually desirable to have some open space (10 ft) directly in front the band before seating begins.  Often, a somewhat larger space directly in front of the band is left open for dancing.  The combo can be fit into much smaller spaces.

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