" 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
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Ron Smolen also offers trios and combos for smaller venues locally in Chicago.
"Combos" will travel only upon special request.