About the Band

About us …

“To jazz, or not to jazz, there is no question!” ~ The late Great, Mr. Louis Armstrong

Founded by Band Leader Mr. Bruce James, the 19-piece Bruce James Orchestra has been an active part of the live music scene in the Greater-Vancouver area since its inception in 1999. Comprised of talent from all over the Lower-Mainland, the Bruce James Orchestra provides the finest in big band performance.

As specialists in big band / swing dances, parties, weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, jazz vespers,  and community events and celebrations, the Bruce James Orchestra loves the opportunity to perform and bring the Best of Big Band to Vancouver and beyond!

The Bruce James Orchestra strives to keep music of the big band era alive, plus bring music of other genres and later decades to its audience. The Bruce James Orchestra prides itself of diversity in repertoire and extreme professionalism in services. The mantra of the ensemble: Professionalism, Passion, Exceptional Performance, and Showmanship. These are key elements we hold in an effort to bring superb quality performances to our audiences.

If you or your organization is interested in our services, please contact us through our “contact us” page on our website, call us at 604-760-8329, or find us on Facebook: Bruce James Orchestra Vancouver Big Band.

The band is available for hire and welcomes inquiries. We offer competitive rates, and assure you the highest quality performance of any Big Band in the Lower Mainland!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Who are we? Browse each section to see our current band members:

Over the years we’ve seen many band members come and go. Here we honour some of our former band-mates:

Finally, we have have an extensive list of potential subs for our players, and if you are interested in being on that list, please contact us

2 thoughts on “About the Band

  1. I saw your orchestra for the first time on Remembrance Day 2017, and I was completely blown away!! Your group is WONDERFUL, and I hate to say it, but you were far to talented for the modest venue I saw you at (we all said so), so LUCKY ME. I am a big fan, and will be watching your website for future performances I can treat myself to…..Thank you!

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