The Ron Smolen Big Band / Orchestra

P.O. BOX 346152, Chicago, IL
" The Ron Smolen Big Band / Orchestra " is a TEN (10 piece) Big Band that provides the best in " Big Band Entertainment " and Dance Music. “ Every Night is New Year's Eve “ as The Ron Smolen Big Band / Orchestra creates a party atmosphere with a “ Touch of Elegance “ by performing music for Dancing and Listening for ALL ages. The Ron Smolen Orchestra combines classic 1940's arrangements played by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo with their own " NEW " Specialized Arrangements. They then add a special " CHICAGO " touch by also playing many " Authentic " Dance Band Arrangements that were performed at Chicago's Historic... " Aragon " – “ Trianon " and " Willowbrook / (Oh Henry) " Ballrooms, thus creating a " Unique and Inimitable Style " they call their own. Vocals by Ron Smolen, members of the Orchestra and Ron Smolen on Accordion round out the performance to present a total Big Band Experience. The Ron Smolen Big Band / Orchestra has performed thousands of engagements including Weddings, Concerts, Dinner Dances and Corporate Events throughout Chicago and the Midwest. Local venues include: All of Chicago’s Major Ballrooms and Hotels, Navy Pier, Corporate Events, Grand Openings and Special Events held at an assortment of Banquet Facilities, Church Halls and Fraternal Organizations. Local " Highlights " include: Neighborhood Carnivals and Festivals, Chicago Summer Dance, Chicago Winter Dance at Pritzker Pavilion, The Millennium Park – Grand Opening.. All in Downtown Chicago, Illinois; Rialto Square Theater, Joliet, IL; Pickwick Theater; Park Ridge, IL; Tivoli Theater, Downers Grove, IL; Congress Theater, Chicago, IL; and The Twilight Ballroom Pavilion at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois. National " Highlights " include: Big Band Weekends, Col Ballroom, Davenport, Iowa; Eagles Million Dollar Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Hub Ballroom, Edelstein, Illinois; Centennial Terrace Ballroom, Sylvania (Toledo) Ohio; Crystal Ballroom, Staunton, Illinois; Avalon Theater, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Crystal Falls Theater, Crystal Falls, Michigan; Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino, Peoria, Illinois; Ho Chunk Casino, Baraboo, Wisconsin; Bear Creek Farms Resort – Bryant, Indiana; The Club – Birmingham, Alabama; The Peabody Hotel - Memphis, Tennessee; The Hollywood Casino - Tunica, Mississippi; and The French Lick Springs Hotel and Casino - French Lick, Indiana * * * * Ron Smolen also offers trios and combos for smaller venues locally in Chicago. "Combos" will travel only upon special request.
Serving the Chicago, IL Area
The Connexion Band is the ultimate Chicago wedding orchestra. We provide music for wedding receptions and corporate events, trade shows, conventions, social functions, charity events, benefits, galas, and private parties. Our band offers a mix of music that includes Big Band, Swing, Motown, R&B, Rock, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today's current Dance Music. We invite you review our incredible song list. Our specialty is performing each song, note for note, creating a near perfect reproduction of the original recording. Your favorite songs, that you and your guests have enjoyed and danced to over the years, will sound exactly the way you love and remember them. The Connexion Band approaches each event with style, energy and enthusiasm and will draw you and your guests to the dance floor. Since our band offers such a varied music list, we're sure to make a "Connexion" with your audience. Our talented orchestra is fronted by two awesome female vocalists and one incredible male vocalist. Our singers are backed by five of Chicago's top professional studio musicians. The result; vocal excellence, outstanding showmanship and a packed dance floor. In keeping with our commitment to your guests' enjoyment, our singers and musicians set up their equipment and perform sound checks before your guests even arrive, insuring a smooth and pleasant transition from dining to dancing.