The Yorkville Big Band can also be heard frequently on John “Radio” Russell’s “Midwest Ballroom” FM Radio Show. The show is on 90.9 FM radio every Saturday night between 5 and 7:00 pm. The big band radio show is also on the internet, out of the College of DuPage, WDCB, and heard worldwide.
For 19 years, this 21-piece big band has been entertaining
large enthusiastic audiences. The have a monthly dance on the 3rd Sunday of each month from September to May. The dances are held at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites Convention Center in Sandwich,
on Rte. 34, a few miles West of Yorkville, IL.
A “labor of love” best describes the band. Their music covers a large area, sounds of the 40’s and 50’s, with new modern arrangements of the famous big bands such as: Glenn Miller, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Ray Anthony, Billy May, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and other great bands that played in the era. The Yorkville Big Band also performs new big band arrangements of today’s more popular songs. The music arrangements are not watered down and performed by a 8 to 12 piece , so called big band, but the arrangements are played by a full 22 piece big band. The instrumentation of the Yorkville Big Band is: 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, piano, bass, drums, guitar, 3 vocalists, Mrs. of Ceremony, Carol Falato, and band director and founder 1993, Rick Falato.