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The Beginning

Jeff Kroner, instrumental music teacher and director of the Intermediate High School Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, decided in 2003 to create a Big Band comprised of students in 9th and 10th grades, especially for the purpose of performing a Big Band Dance for the students in the district. The dance was a success! The Band was a hit!
The following year, the band once again sponsored and performed for the dance, and also performed at the Succop Theatre "Performing Arts Series" at Butler County Community College, and performed a concert with the Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble. They also performed at Butler's FAB Showcase those two years, and the WBUT-WLER sponsored Home Cooking Show.
In 2005, the band had the privilege of performing on stage with world-renowned trombonists Jim Pugh and Eijiro Nakagawa in order to help raise money for the Golden Tornado Scholastic Fund. 

Over the next four years the TBB has performed in concerts with the Intermediate High School Vocal Ensembles, Jazz Festivals hosted by other Butler County High School  and College Jazz Bands, continued to play each year for a Big Band Dance and the FAB Arts Showcase, again played a joint concert with the Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble in 2007, and was asked to comeback as the featured band for the final concert of the 2007 - 2008 BC3 Performing Arts Series. 

Each year since 2003 the TBB has opened the Butler County Community College Summer Concert Series at the Succop Theater on the main campus.

The TBB has had as members some of the finest musicians that have come through Butler High School.  Not only are these student musicians talented in big band music, but they also show versatility by participating in marching and concert bands, orchestras, other jazz ensembles, and choirs.  And on top of their talent, these students are also gifted academically.

See the Band Bio page for a more detailed list of the TBBs' performance history. 

Nakagawa & Pugh front the Big Band!