Route 66 Jazz Orchestra

The Route 66 Jazz Orchestra is a 20-piece group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of “Big Band” jazz through performance, education, and community involvement. Founded in 1969 by Dr. Ron Stillwell as the Meramec Jazz Lab Band, Route 66 Jazz continues to act as jazz ambassadors for the community. Led by retired music educator Bob Boedges of Normandy and Collinsville High Schools, this incredible group of dedicated musicians comes from all walks of life, including business professionals, music educators, and students, bound together by their passion for big band music and the common desire to spread the word that jazz music is alive and well.

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  1. Pat Vogel
    Pat Vogel says:

    I attended the concert Feb. 27 and must say that the group fulfilled its purpose—to promote big band jazz and instill a wide range of emotions to the various pieces and songs. I don’t know what it is about jazz, and my knowledge of music is limited, but I love this kind of muisic. I felt myself tapping to the beat, then for the quieter pieces, every muscle relaxed and I let the music soak into my soul. The talent in this group is astounding! I thank Mike Sissin for inviting me and I plan to get on the mailing list in order to be notified of future gigs.

  2. Beth Hayes
    Beth Hayes says:

    I am new to Saint Louis. I have been playing the trumpet and trombone for 20 years and have 3 music degrees. Do you have room for another brass player?

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