Formed in December 2010, director Carlos Menezes Jr. teamed up with friends and fellow musicians Shawn Lowe, Paula Burns, Vinny Rodolosi, Mike Lentini, and Rick Geraghty to discuss the potentials of starting up a 17-piece big band. What was once a dream, quickly became reality when Menezes found the roster full in just a week’s time. Driven by the talents of Cape Ann musicians, the Cape Ann Big Band prides itself in performing to entertain and connect with it’s local community. Although it is not a community band in the sense of membership, it strives to connect the community through open rehearsals and public performance. Seasonally, the band works with a number of diverse vocalists seeking the opportunity to sing with a big band. 

Beyond the aspect of performance, the band hopes to connect with local musicians of all ages and backgrounds to inspire, challenge, and educate. Inspired by the sounds of jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll, the band prides itself in a repertoire without horizon. CABB's repertoire always features a number of vocal and instrumental standards from the “Golden era” of swing, pop tunes, and a number of show-tunes derived from popular films. As one quickly learns, the organization, success, and mobility of this ensemble is only made possible by the efforts of its participants. This is a group that truly operates as a family. Born in the basement and bred in a garage, the Cape Ann Big Band is not your average swing orchestra! Enjoy the Show!



Photos by CoCo Boarman