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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
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
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 email@example.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
Antrim Inn (Taneytown, MD)
Arlington Country Club (Arlington,
Baltimore Convention Center (Baltimore,
Baltimore Garrett Museum (Baltimore,
Baltimore Hilton (Baltimore,
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore Waterfront Marriott
Bavarian Inn (Shepherdstown,
Blue Ridge Country Club (Harrisburg,
Boordy Vineyards (Glen Arm, MD)
B&O Railroad Museum (Baltimore,
Carroll Country Farm Museum (Westminster,
Carroll County Arts Council (Westminster,
Celebrations at the Bay (Pasadena,
Ceresville Mansion (Frederick,
Chevy Chase Country Club (Chevy
Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington,
Country Club of York (York, PA)
DuPont Country Club (Wilmington,
Eichelberger Performing Arts
Center (Hanover, PA)
Evergreen Carriage House (Baltimore,
Felicita Resort (Harrisburg,
Gettysburg Hotel (Gettysburg,
Gray Rock Mansion (Baltimore,
Hagerstown Community College
Harbor Court Grand Ballroom (Baltimore,
Hillendale Country Club (Baltimore,
Hotel Monaco (Washington, D.C.)
Inner Harbor Renaissance Hotel
Kent Manor Inn (Easton, MD)
Loew's Annapolis (Annapolis,
Marriott Pier 5 Hotel (Baltimore,
Maryland Club (Baltimore, MD)
Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia,
Meyerhoff Theater at the Baltimore
Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD)
Morningside Inn (Libertytown,
Mt. Vernon Inn (Alexandria, VA)
National Aquarium (Baltimore,
National Public Radio (Little
Naylor Wine Cellars (Stewartstown,
Nissley Vineyards (Bainbridge,
Oasis Winery (Hume, VA)
Oella Lions Club (Ellicott City,
Old Ebbits Grill (Washington,
Old South Country Club (Lothian,
Oregon Ridge (Hunt Valley, MD)
Oxon Hill Manor (Oxon Hill, MD)
Parkville American Legion (Parkville,
Pimlico Race Track (Baltimore,
Potomac Boat Club (Washington,
Radisson Lord Baltimore Grand
Ballroom (Baltimore, MD)
Ritz Carlton (Tysons Corner,
Rockfield Manor (Bel Air, MD)
Rolling Road Country Club (Catonsville,
Rolling Rock Country Club (Ligonier,
Ronald Reagan International Trade
Center (Washington, D.C.)
Salisbury State University (Salisbury,
Sheraton Barcel Hotel (Annapolis,
Sheraton Inner Harbor (Baltimore,
St. Johns College of Annapolis
Strong Mansion (Sugarloaf Mountain,
Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club
(New York, NY)
Ten Oaks Ballroom (Clarksville,
The Arbor Ballroom (Washington,
The Belvedere (Baltimore, MD)
The Cloisters (Baltimore, MD)
The Engineers Club (Baltimore,
The Gramercy Mansion (Greenspring
The Pikesville Hilton (Pikesville,
The Union Club (New York, NY)
Visionary Arts Museum (Baltimore,
Washington County Fine Arts Museum
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
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,
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
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
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
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
Q11: Does Blue Moon have any apparel for
sale with their cool logo on it?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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"
KBEM 88.5 "Big Band Scene"
KEDM "Mostly Big Bands"
WDCB 90.9 FM Midwest Ballroom
WUKY 91.3 (Lexington, KY)
KAAM (Irving, TX)
WYPR "In the Mood"
WWLG "Legends Radio"
WTHU "The Sounds of Jazz"
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.
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
If you've purchased one of our recordings... thanks!
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...
is used to describe both a style of dance and a person who likes
in swing bands are usually called cats,
but that word can be used to address any fellow who is cool and
knows the score.
chick is just as cool as a cat, only in the
can address your male friends as Jack,
Gate or Pops.
the name of the cat you just met; call him Charley.
the name of the chick you just met; call her Sam.
beautiful girl can be described as a barbecue.
very stylish or classy girl is a barn burner, but her ugly girlfriend is a battle.
male equivalent of a battle is a Jeff.
cat wants to date a ripe tomato,
a ring-ding woman who's got it going on.
you are looking good and solid in your threads, you are togged to the bricks.
smooth character who comes on to you is said to creep out like the shadow.
who is copacetic, cool or all right is righteous.
rug cutter is a twist or a very good, active dancer.
man or woman that you highly admire is a gasser.
unattractive battle or Jeff who is uncouth and square is a yard dog.
shifty character who is unreliable or impossible to respect is
a crumb or a fink.
opposite of a hip cat or a chick is someone who is icky.
person without talent is the original loser.
yokel who is out of date or square is off the cob.
kind of failure in life is Bombsville,
is a great thrill.
you learn how to swing, people will be calling you chicks a twirl or a twist.
if you're a guy who understands this jive, then you are a hepcat.
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and we'll respond as soon as possible. Your question may become
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