Southern Minnesota's REAL Big Band


About Us

The Real Big Band, established in 1998, has a full 5-5-4-4 instrumentation. About half the members are band directors, the other half coming from a variety of occupations - 18 of the region's top jazz players performing a wide variety of contemporary jazz.

The Real Big Band performs a wide variety of music from the libraries of:

  • Gordon Goodwin
  • Stan Kenton
  • Buddy Rich
  • Count Basie
  • Duke Ellington
  • Maynard Ferguson

...and more!

The RBB rehearses in Waseca and performs several times a year at school concerts, jazz festivals and other events.

Please conctact us for an event with the Jazz Combo or full band! We'd love to perform at your event! Schools, church events, community events, etc.!


New Orleans is the only place I know of where you ask a little kid what he wants to be and instead of saying "I want to be a policeman," or "I want to be a fireman," he says, I want to be a musician".

—Alan Jaffe  



We perform to help promote jazz as America's art form, to keep jazz alive, and to enjoy playing and sharing this great music!

If you are interested in booking the Real Big Band for your event or if you have any questions, please e-mail us at


© 2015 Southern Minnesota's Real Big Band • Mankato, Minnesota USA


Booking The Band

To book our band, check out our "Contact Us" page or email the above address.