Bruce James Orchestra turns 20 years old in 2019!

Since it’s inception in January 1999, the Bruce James Orchestra has been bringing the Best of Big Band to the Greater-Vancouver / Lower Mainland areas of B.C. A power-house 19-piece Big Band with two fabulous vocalists John Cronin and Shannon Messam, the Bruce James Orchestra strives to bring the authentic sounds of the big band era through to present day hits to our audiences. We pride ourselves on musical excellence, showmanship and in having the most fun we can as an ensemble making great music together.

The band is now accepting bookings for 2019. We are available for:

  • Weddings
  • Anniversary Parties
  • Private Functions
  • Fundraising events
  • Corporate events
  • Celebrations of Life
  • Swing Dances
  • Community Events
  • Jazz Vespers  … and anywhere great music is required!

Please send us an inquiry if you’d like to know more about our services!

We also come equipped to provide:

  • Solo Piano or Guitar for events such as weddings or celebrations of life
  • A small 6-8 piece jazz combo for events such as small parties and cocktail receptions
  • A small instrumental quartet with vocalist
  • Affiliate DJ service at all our events

We look forward to working with you in 2019 – our 20th anniversary year!


Hello everyone!

While the Bruce James Orchestra is busy with bookings into late 2018, we are still taking performance requests and are available for hire!  We would love to be a part of your special event. We specialize in:

  • weddings
  • anniversaries
  • dances
  • celebrations of life
  • formal concerts
  • corporate events
  • private parties … and  more!

We come equipped to provide a small jazz combo, solo piano, solo guitar, Master of Ceremony services in addition to the full Big Band with Vocals. We can also provide full affiliate DJ service for your event.

The Bruce James Orchestra has a long history of providing exceptional big band/jazz/dance band music in the Tri-Cities/Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley; we have been performing all over the Lower Mainland since 1999. We perform a variety of big band music and are adaptable to all types of audiences/performance situations. We are a band that exudes high energy in our performance, incorporates rehearsed choreography in our selections, and is an ensemble which prides itself on excellence in both music, and showmanship.

If you are looking to add flare and style to your next event with exceptional music, we want to hear from you!

Contact us via the website, find us on Facebook –  or email us:


Thanks to the Pitt Meadows Community …

… for an amazing Summer 2017 season!

With over 2000 people in our audiences over eight public performances in Pitt Meadows’ beautiful Spirit Square, this has been a record year in attendance for our Summer Serenade Concert Series!

The Bruce James Orchestra is honoured to have the opportunity each year to play in our own community, and is elated that big band music continues to be enjoyed, and that our event grows in attendance each year!

Thanks to everyone for your attendance and support of local live music.

Thanks also to Mayor and Council of the City of Pitt Meadows for their support, and to Susann Sigmund and the Arts, Culture and Heritage Department of the City of Pitt Meadows for all their assistance and support to ensure our summer season in Pitt Meadows was a success.

We look forward to seeing you all next summer … if not before!

All my best wishes,

Bruce – Band Leader – on behalf of the Bruce James Orchestra.

AUG 23rd: Final Summer Serenade of 2017

AUG 23rd, 2017: Join the Bruce James Orchestra for a night of the BEST OF BIG BAND, and … for our FINAL SUMMER SERENADE PERFORMANCE of 2017.

Sizzling Swing Classics from Bruce the Band

Classic Crooner Hits, courtesy of John Cronin

Dazzling Diva Delights from Shannon Messam

In addition to great music, there will be a triva contest with prizes, plus the opportunity to DANCE!


Thanks to everyone who has supported the band all summer season. We look foward to seeing you, and hopefully our biggest crowd of the summer!

See you at Pitt Meadows’ Spirit Square, 7-9PM on Wednesday, August 23rd!

Please note: in case of inclement or questionable weather, we will post event cancellations on the website and Facebook by 6PM day of.

August 16, 2017: A Night of Spies, Super Heroes and Stellar “Good Guys”

So… what do James, Peter, Robert and Austin all have in common?

They are spectacular … and spectacular enough people have written songs about them!

Want to know more? Come on down to Spirit Square in Pitt Meadows this Wednesday from 7-9PM and be whisked in to a musical world of spies, super heroes and stellar good guys…

We will be waiting …

Summer is coming … and so is SUMMER SERENADE 2017!

Bruce James Orchestra is excited to be back at Pitt Meadows’ Spirit Square this summer to bring you FREE LIVE BIG BAND MUSIC Wednesday nights (7-9PM) in July and August (weather permitting). Bring a lawn chair, blanket, some snacks and all your family and friends to enjoy music from the hottest band in the Tri-Cities! Don’t forget your dancin’ shoes!

We look forward to seeing all our friends and fans this hot summer for some cool jazz! This is Big Band at it’s Best!

Please note: in case of inclement or questionable weather, we will post event cancellations on the website and Facebook by 6PM day of.



2017 Bookings Still Available!

Hey there friends and fans!

BJO is now in the process of booking gigs for late spring, summer and into fall 2017 (and beyond!).

Don’t miss your chance to have the band out to your event!

E-mail event/rate inquiries to or call 604-460-8329.

We look forward to hearing from you!