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Q1:   What is the Blue Moon Club and how do I become a member?
Q2:   How many members are in Blue Moon Big Band?
 Q3:   How will I know if Blue Moon can physically fit into our venue?
 Q4:   How far will the band travel for an event?
 Q5:   Do you play music other than Swing?
 Q6:   What are your other groups all about?
 Q7:   Where can I see the band perform?
 Q8:   Can I buy recordings of Blue Moon Big Band?
 Q9:   How much does it cost to hire Blue Moon or Li'l Bit of Blue?
 Q10:   What does it cost to be on Blue Moon's mailing list?
 Q11:   Does Blue Moon have any apparel for sale with their cool logo on it?
 Q12:   Has the band appeared in any movies or on any television / radio programs?
 Q13:   Who's the most famous performer Blue Moon has ever worked with?


Q1: What is the Blue Moon Club and how do I become a member?
A1: The Blue Moon Club offers discounts on CD purchases and other benefits. Plus, you can get a free CD just by joining. Go to the Club page for more information.



Q2: How many members are in Blue Moon Big Band?
A2: The standard line-up comprises 13 horns, a three-piece rhythm section, a featured (female) vocalist, and the band leader. We can also add a second (male) vocalist if requested.

Q3: How will I know if Blue Moon can physically fit into our venue?
A3: You may be surprised how comfortably a swing orchestra can fit onto seemingly small stages and performance sites. If you're familiar with places such as the Peabody Library in Baltimore, the Country Club of York (PA), or the Washington Golf & Country Club in Arlington, VA, we've played there and the setting works great! If you're still concerned with our physical set-up, contact Rob Leonard at bandleader@bluemoonbigband.com and he will arrange to meet with you at the proposed site and go over the set-up with you before you make a decision!

Q4: How far will the band travel for an event?
A4: To date, we have played in Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York. But, that doesn't mean we won't travel farther. Contact us and find out! Some of the more noteworthy venues at which we have performed include:
Annapolis Marriott Waterfront (Annapolis, MD)
Antrim Inn (Taneytown, MD)
Arlington Country Club (Arlington, VA)
Baltimore Convention Center (Baltimore, MD)
Baltimore Garrett Museum (Baltimore, MD)
Baltimore Hilton (Baltimore, MD)
Baltimore Museum of Industry (Baltimore, MD)
Baltimore Waterfront Marriott (Baltimore, MD)
Bavarian Inn (Shepherdstown, WV)
Blue Ridge Country Club (Harrisburg, PA)
Boordy Vineyards (Glen Arm, MD)
B&O Railroad Museum (Baltimore, MD)
Carroll Country Farm Museum (Westminster, MD)
Carroll County Arts Council (Westminster, MD)
Celebrations at the Bay (Pasadena, MD)
Ceresville Mansion (Frederick, MD)
Chevy Chase Country Club (Chevy Chase, MD)
Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
Country Club of York (York, PA)
DuPont Country Club (Wilmington, DE)
Eichelberger Performing Arts Center (Hanover, PA)
Evergreen Carriage House (Baltimore, MD)
Felicita Resort (Harrisburg, PA)
Gettysburg Hotel (Gettysburg, PA)
Gray Rock Mansion (Baltimore, MD)
Hagerstown Community College (Hagerstown, MD)
Harbor Court Grand Ballroom (Baltimore, MD)
Hillendale Country Club (Baltimore, MD)
Hotel Monaco (Washington, D.C.)
Inner Harbor Renaissance Hotel (Baltimore, MD)
Kent Manor Inn (Easton, MD)
Loew's Annapolis (Annapolis, MD)
Marriott Pier 5 Hotel (Baltimore, MD)
Maryland Club (Baltimore, MD)
Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia, MD)
Meyerhoff Theater at the Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD)
Morningside Inn (Libertytown, MD)
Mt. Vernon Inn (Alexandria, VA)
National Aquarium (Baltimore, MD)
National Public Radio (Little Rock, AR)
Naylor Wine Cellars (Stewartstown, PA)
Nissley Vineyards (Bainbridge, PA)
Oasis Winery (Hume, VA)
Oella Lions Club (Ellicott City, MD)
Old Ebbits Grill (Washington, D.C.)
Old South Country Club (Lothian, MD)
Oregon Ridge (Hunt Valley, MD)
Oxon Hill Manor (Oxon Hill, MD)
Parkville American Legion (Parkville, MD)
Pimlico Race Track (Baltimore, MD)
Potomac Boat Club (Washington, D.C.)
Radisson Lord Baltimore Grand Ballroom (Baltimore, MD)
Ritz Carlton (Tysons Corner, VA)
Rockfield Manor (Bel Air, MD)
Rolling Road Country Club (Catonsville, MD)
Rolling Rock Country Club (Ligonier, PA)
Ronald Reagan International Trade Center (Washington, D.C.)
Salisbury State University (Salisbury, MD)
Sheraton Barcel Hotel (Annapolis, MD)
Sheraton Inner Harbor (Baltimore, MD)
St. Johns College of Annapolis (Annapolis, MD)
Strong Mansion (Sugarloaf Mountain, MD)
Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club (New York, NY)
Ten Oaks Ballroom (Clarksville, MD)
The Arbor Ballroom (Washington, D.C.)
The Belvedere (Baltimore, MD)
The Cloisters (Baltimore, MD)
The Engineers Club (Baltimore, MD)
The Gramercy Mansion (Greenspring Valley, MD)
The Pikesville Hilton (Pikesville, MD)
The Union Club (New York, NY)
Visionary Arts Museum (Baltimore, MD)
Washington County Fine Arts Museum (Hagerstown, MD)
Washington Golf & Country Club (Arlington, VA)
WMAR Studios (Baltimore, MD)

Q5: Do you play music other than Swing?
A5: We are a 1940s style Big Band. We prefer to play swing music all night long, but we often receive requests for special songs (particularly at wedding receptions and similar events) that are not of the genre. If you have a special request for a song that is not in our library, we will either attempt to find an arrangement suitable to a big band or we will make an effort to write the song ourselves! Either way, we want you to be completely satisfied.

Q6: What are your other groups all about?
A6: Li'l Bit of Blue is a jazz, blues, and swing ensemble, comprising any combination of a 2-4 piece rhythm section, optional horns, and vocals. Li'l Bit of Blue can perform for an entire event or as a set-up group for the full orchestra.

Q7: Where can I see the band perform?
A7: Many of our engagements are for private affairs and corporate events. However, we try to keep as many "open to the public" performances on the schedule as possible. Keep tuned in to the site to see us swing!

Q8: Can I buy recordings of Blue Moon Big Band?
A8: Yes! We have six recordings available from Blue Moon Big Band and one solo album from vocalist Teresa Leonard. Our 2008 release, "Blue Moon Big Band Caught in the Act: 10th Anniversary Celebration Live at Naylor Wine Cellars," includes more than 2 and a half hours of entertainment and captures the excitement of the band in a live performance setting. Our 2007 release, "The Polar Bear's Pajamas," has been reviewed by radio stations around the country as our finest recording. The 2003 release, "Baby, it's Cold Outside: A Swingin' Christmas Collection from Blue Moon Big Band and Friends," boasts 31 big band, jazz, and blues tracks on two CDs or cassettes. The 2001 recording in the Blue Moon collection is "Nice Work if You Can Get It," which packs in 20 swing, big band, jazz, and blues titles. Included are songs from the libraries of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Glen Gray and the Cosa Loma Orchestra, Hoagy Carmichael, Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, and others. Our 1999 CD, "Swingin' Live!" includes both '40s and '90s swing and big band music, including cuts from artists such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Natalie Cole, Brian Setzer, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, and more! Our 1998 studio release, "Things Ain't What They Used to Be," contains 16 songs and an hour's worth of music. Teresa's 2004 solo release, "The Child in Me," comprises 18 songs including light jazz, standards, and lullabyes.

You can order CDs right here from the web site!

Q9: How much does it cost to hire Blue Moon Big Band or Li'l Bit of Blue?
A9: It really depends upon how far we have to travel and how many hours you want us to play at your event. Keep in mind, though, that the music Blue Moon plays was written for a big band, not for an 8- or 9-piece ensemble. Don't be fooled by "half-sized" bands claiming to play big band music. It's important to understand that if you want real swing music, the full orchestra is the way to go. But, if you're looking for jazz, blues, and light swing, the Li'l Bit of Blue trio or quintet will work perfectly for your event. Regardless of what you're looking for, always ask for a recording or (better yet) to see a band BEFORE you hire them.

Q10: What does it cost to be on Blue Moon's mailing list?
A10: With the emergence of social media, we recently discontinued our e-newsletter. However, you can "Like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates on what's going on!

Q11: Does Blue Moon have any apparel for sale with their cool logo on it?
A11: We have custom-made windshirts and baseball jerseys, and can also arrange to have our logo embroidered on just about any other clothing item (polos, denims, workout apparel, shorts, T's) as well as many types of fabrics such as scarves, tablecloths, towels, and more! Some items can be ordered through our order stuff page right here from the web site. Otherwise, just drop an email to bandleader@bluemoonbigband.com to let us know what you're looking for, and in what sizes! Or, call us at 301.639.0770 and we'll get you set up with Blue Moon gear right away.

Q12: Has the band appeared in any movies or on any television / radio programs?
A12: The band was selected to appear in the feature film, My One and Only, starring Renee Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, and Logan Lerman, which made its U.S. debut in New York and Los Angeles on August 21, 2009, followed by additional cities on September 4. Filming took place during the summer of 2008. With regard to television and radio, we have been privileged to appear on several of each over the years. In all, over 60 radio stations across the U.S. have played the music of Blue Moon Big Band.
Radio programs have included:
National Public Radio's "Swingin' Down the Lane" -- a 1-hour feature broadcast dedicated solely to the music of Blue Moon Big Band -- aired during the week of May 13, 2002 on over 40 stations across the U.S., including:
WRWA-Dothan / WHIL-Mobile / WTSU-Troy (Alabama); KBRW-Barrow / KHNS-Haines / KMXT-Kodiak / KUHB-St. Paul Island / KSTK-Wrangell (Alaska); KASU-Jonesboro / KUAR-Little Rock (Arkansas); KUAZ-Tucson / KAWC-Yuma (Arizona); KAAT-Oakhurst (California); WUGA-Athens / WWGC-Carrollton (Georgia); KRIC-Rexburg (Idaho); WQUB-Quincy (Illinois); KDTH-Dubuque (Iowa); KANZ-Garden City / KZNA-Hill City (Kansas); WUKY-Lexington (Kentucky); KEDM-Monroe (Louisiana); KMSK-Austin / KMSU-Mankato / KQAL-Winona (Minnesota); WZRU-Roanoke Rapids (North Carolina); KSJE-Farmington / KMTH-Maljamar / KENW-Portales (New Mexico) / WHPC-Garden City (New York); WMCO-New Concord (Ohio); KCCU-Altus, Ardmore, & Lawton / KGOU-Norman / KROU-Oklahoma City (Oklahoma); KMUN-Astoria (Oregon); WETS-Johnson City (Tennessee); KACU-Abilene / KAMU-College Station / KBMH-Harlingen / KNCT-Killeen / KHID-McAllen / KOCV-Odessa / KTXK-Texarkana (Texas); WVLS-Monterey (Virginia); KLSU-LaCrosse (Wisconsin)
Additional radio stations that have played our music include:
WBNR "Big Band Breakfast" (Beacon, NY)
KBEM 88.5 "Big Band Scene" (Minneapolis, MN)
KEDM "Mostly Big Bands" (Monroe, LA)
WDCB 90.9 FM Midwest Ballroom (Chicago, IL)
WUKY 91.3 (Lexington, KY)
KAAM (Irving, TX)
WYPR "In the Mood" (Baltimore, MD)
WWLG "Legends Radio" (Baltimore, MD)
WTHU "The Sounds of Jazz" (Thurmont, MD)
Feature Film and Television performances have included:
My One and Only - 2009 feature film - (Baltimore, MD)
The Wake Up Baltimore Show - in 1998 and 1999 - (Baltimore, MD)
The Rodrick's for Breakfast show (Baltimore, MD), where we served as the house band for a live 1940s style Christmas special filmed at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Q13: Who is the most famous performer Blue Moon has ever worked with?
A13: In the summer of 2008, Blue Moon Big Band was selected to appear in the feature film, My One and Only, starring Renee Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, and Chris Noth. We had the opportunity to work very closely with Kevin Bacon in particular during filming for the 2009 release, as he played the part of the band's leader.

A close second is from our December 1998 appearance on the Baltimore-based Rodricks for Breakfast show, where jazz legend Cyrus Chestnut unexpectedly sat in on The Way You Look Tonight and it was magic! And to top things off, the great Ethel Ennis appeared on the same show.

Where in the world?  Where in the World are Blue Moon Big Band's CDs and cassettes?
We have customers in all 50 U.S. states - yes, even Alaska and Hawaii - as well as the 12 international territories below.
If you've purchased one of our recordings... thanks!

Australia
Australia
Canada
Canada
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
France
France
Germany
Germany
Japan
Japan
Mexico
Mexico
Netherlands
Netherlands
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Russia
Russia
Spain
Spain
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U.K.
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Swing Terms: Are you a red-hot tomato or righteous hepcat who togs the bricks when cutting a rug? If so, then you might already know these hip 1940s swing terms...

Jitterbug is used to describe both a style of dance and a person who likes to swing.
Musicians in swing bands are usually called cats, but that word can be used to address any fellow who is cool and knows the score.
A chick is just as cool as a cat, only in the female persuasion.
You can address your male friends as Jack, Gate or Pops.
Forget the name of the cat you just met; call him Charley.
Forget the name of the chick you just met; call her Sam.
A beautiful girl can be described as a barbecue.
A very stylish or classy girl is a barn burner, but her ugly girlfriend is a battle.
The male equivalent of a battle is a Jeff.
Every cat wants to date a ripe tomato, a ring-ding woman who's got it going on.
When you are looking good and solid in your threads, you are togged to the bricks.
A smooth character who comes on to you is said to creep out like the shadow.
Someone who is copacetic, cool or all right is righteous.
A rug cutter is a twist or a very good, active dancer.
A man or woman that you highly admire is a gasser.
An unattractive battle or Jeff who is uncouth and square is a yard dog.
A shifty character who is unreliable or impossible to respect is a crumb or a fink.
The opposite of a hip cat or a chick is someone who is icky.
A person without talent is the original loser.
A yokel who is out of date or square is off the cob.
Any kind of failure in life is Bombsville, baby.
Killer diller is a great thrill.
Once you learn how to swing, people will be calling you chicks a twirl or a twist.
And, if you're a guy who understands this jive, then you are a hepcat. 



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