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Big Bandemic & The Crooners


  • Location: Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association 795 Dundas Street East
    London ON N5W 2X6
  • Cost: $30 Adv. / $35 Doors
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Telephone: 519-672-7950
Big Bandemic & The Crooners

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 has since held forty-six two-hour rehearsals at the legion and has performed three free concerts at the Lambeth Legion.  In June 2022, the band participated in the inaugural Aeolian Jazz Festival.

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.

For our February 11th Concert, in the true style of the Big Bands of the swing era, we are pleased to join with “The Crooners”, London’s own Rick Kish and Conor Boa for some traditional Big Band vocals.

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