The Lansing Symphony Big Band made its debut in the spring of 2001, under the direction of John Dale Smith, at Jambalaya’s in Laingsburg. The Band features musicians of the Lansing Symphony as well as other respected performers from throughout the state. The ensemble has been featured at several Jazz Fests in Lansing’s Old Town, 4th of July Celebrations at Oldsmobile Park and recently as part of the Lansing 150 Capitol Moves celebration on the Capitol lawn. 

The Lansing Symphony's Jazz Band, under the direction of Ron Newman, is proud to present two evenings of classics from the big band era to contemporary pieces performed by Michigan's finest jazz musicians.

The Lansing Symphony Jazz Band is available for special events, concerts, dances and fundraisers. For information and/or booking, contact the Symphony office at 517-487-5001.


2017/2018 Jazz Band Concerts:

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 7:00pm 

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center for Performing Arts



Joe Lulloff
Derrick Newbold
Diego Rivera
Ryan Frietas
Gary McCourry


Ed Fedewa, Bass
Jeff Kressler, Piano
John Hill, Drums


*The line-up varies each performance


Mike Williams
Rich Illman
Mark Thompson
Paul Finkbeiner


Rob Killips
Ken Prouty
Michael Dease
John Rutherford