The Route 66 Jazz Orchestra is a 20-piece jazz band 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 this day 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 come from all walks of life, including business professionals, music
educators both active and retired, music students, and music professionals, bound together by their passion for Big Band music and the common desire to spread the word that jazz music is alive and well.
After more than 40 years, the band continues to thrive, with performances at festivals, community events, conferences and theaters across the region.
Sheldon Concert Hall 2013
Jason Kaminsky, alto
Craig Todd, alto
Matt Schultz, tenor
Nick Maluf, tenor
Bob Probst, bari
Black Cat Theatre 2011
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