" The Ron Smolen Big Band / Orchestra " featuring Vocalist Sally Kokos... is an 11 piece Big Band dance orchestra that provides the best Big Band entertainment and dance music available.
(10 piece Big Band and 1 female vocalist)
The Ron Smolen Orchestra performs Monthly at the Willowbrook Ballroom located in Willow Springs, Illinois
“ Every Night Is New Years Eve “ as " The Ron Smolen Orchestra " creates a party atmosphere along with a “ Touch of Elegance “ by providing music for listening and dancing for all ages in the great tradition of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Wayne King and Guy Lombardo.
Over the past 45 years, " The Ron Smolen Orchestra " has performed thousands of engagements including Weddings, Concerts, Dinner Dances, and Corporate Events throughout Chicago and the Midwest. They have performed at a wide variety of venues including all of Chicago's Major Ballrooms, Navy Pier, and for City and regional festivals including Chicago's Grant Park Summer Dance and Winter Dance Series and The Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois.
Regionally they performed at The Bureau County Fair in Princeton, Illinois and the Hub Ballroom, Edelstein (Peoria) Illinois.
Nationally, they have entertained at Big Band Weekends, Historic Ballrooms, Casinos and Major Hotels including The Hollywood Casino, Tunica, Mississippi; The French Lick Springs Resort in French Lick, Indiana and The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Every Ron Smolen Orchestra engagement includes waltzes, Latin styles, Society numbers, Fox Trots, Swing, Dixieland, pop and show tunes. Their inimitable style, is seasoned via their own custom arrangements, and their vast library of original Big Band Era arrangements that includes popular pieces from the great American song writers.
Vocals provided by Sally Kokos and Ron Smolens' Accordion round out the orchestra's performances to present a total Big Band Experience.
Ron Smolen offers trios and combos for smaller venues locally in Chicago. Combos will travel only upon special request.