About Us

The Lake Norman Big Band takes the stage as about a 20-member ensemble composed of talented musicians from the Lake Norman region.

     Since its formation in 1998 and incorporation in 2007, the band has performed both indoors and outdoors at numerous Lake Norman area community events including Davidson's Concerts on the Green, Birkdale, the Lowe's YMCA, Mooresville Soup Kitchen Lobsterfest, Race City Days Festival; several local churches; the Town of Cornelius; fundraisers for Welcome Home Veterans, the USO, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Boys and Girls Clubs, Knights of Columbus,  Iredell Concert Association, Mooresville Concert Association, and other private events.  We currently play regularly for the public on the third Monday of every month at the Finish Line Restaurant (inside Victory Lanes) in Mooresville, NC.

     Big Band is a style of music that originated in the 1930's and 1940's.  During that era the popular bands were conducted by such legends as Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and others.  Later, came the younger generation of stars like Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson.  Big bands kept the country dancing and in recent years, have become very popular for many social events.  We go beyond that concept, incorporate many different styles of music from the different eras and give it our own sound.  Most unique is our treatment of more modern songs by popular bands and artists including Chicago, Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, Carlos Santana, Billy Joel, Norah Jones, Michael Buble and Pat Metheny.  We hope to win over a new generation of fans who hear us play music that may be more recognizable.  Please check out our playlist for the latest updates to our musical chart collection.

     If you want to impress, The Lake Norman Big Band will play music for your next event, whether its a benefit, dance, concert, private party or a corporate celebration.  We will make your event a great success!


MUSIC DIRECTOR (see bio below):
     Ken Davis


     Terry Rothwell - 
& flugelhorn; section lead; treasurer
     Richard Spangler - & flugelhorn 
     Jim Singer - & flugelhorn 
     Jody Tyree - & flugelhorn
     Jim McNabb -
section lead; secretary
     Allen Dobson
     Mark Anderson
     Charles Emerich
     Dan Markley
    Yoram Friedman - bass trombone, board member
     Shawn Ervin
- alto, soprano & tenor sax and clarinet; section lead
      Mark Lowery - alto & bari sax, vice-president, librarian 
     Mark Graham - tenor, soprano & alto sax, flute and clarinet
Don Caruthers - tenor sax and flute, president
     John Tate - bari, tenor & alto sax 
    Mary Ellen Williams bari sax
      Jamin Shanti - alto, tenor sax and clarinet

        Jeff Flagg - section lead
        Phil Kouwe - auxiliary percussion
      Tom Schmutzler
      JP VanHoy - board member
      Dave Schutt

     Virginia Wagner
     Brenda Wallace
     Gordon Barnes

     Stan Hager

Bio for Ken Davis


Mr. Ken Davis is a native of Rock Hill, SC and a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He recently retired after 30 years of teaching public school. He taught ten years in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg system, and twenty years as the Band Director of Mooresville High School. His bands have received numerous awards and superior ratings at concert and marching band festivals. He is a member of ASBDA, and is the 2008 recipient of the "Award of Excellence" for the South Central District. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in both North and South Carolina. Mr. Davis serves as the director of the Davidson College Pep Band and also directs the Lake Norman Big Band. He can often be seen performing as a free-lance trombonist, and is a member of The Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, Brass Act Quintet, and The TONEZ Beach Band. He currently serves as an Educational Representative for Howren Music Company, and resides in Cornelius NC with wife Felicia and Daughter Kendall. 

The Lake Norman Big Band
P.O. Box 4114
Mooresville, NC 28117

Contact: Richard Spangler

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