Dynamic Variation:

H2 Big Band

Dec 7, 2021


In any musical group, there is an important concept known as ensemble. Ensemble is an umbrella term for everything that goes into the group playing together. Not only must the individual notes begin and end with precision, they must be interpreted as a group. Any infraction, no matter how slight, lessens the effort of the group. There are plenty of examples of superior ensemble playing: the Count Basie band, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Robert Shaw Chorale, etc. However, many groups perfect their ensemble technique by playing together on a regular basis. In the case of the H2 Big Band co-led by trumpeter Al Hood and pianist Dave Hanson, the hand-picked group achieves a remarkable ensemble with an absolute minimum of rehearsals and performances together. Based in Denver, CO, the big band has two acclaimed CDs to their credit and has appeared at a multitude of festivals and venues throughout the front range of Colorado. It is comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians in the Colorado Front Range.

Wil Swindler
Tom Myer
David Bernot
Rich Chiaraluce
Sam Williams

Pete Olstad
Greg Gisbert
Brad Goode
Al Hood, co-leader

Adam Bartzcak
Paul McKee
Allen Hermann
Andy Wolfe

Dave Hanson, piano, co-leader
Ken Walker, bass
Paul Romaine, drums

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