The classics of the Swing Era and the American Songbook live on in performances of The Stone Frigate Big Band, an 18-piece swing band from Saskatoon. The band’s repertoire also includes Latin, contemporary swing and jazz numbers.
The Stone Frigate Big Band was formed in October 1995 at HMCS UNICORN, Saskatoon’s Naval Reserve Division, one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s “stone frigates”. Over the years we have played at public and private functions at locations primarily in and around Saskatoon that include Club Jazz at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, The Bassment, TCU Place, the Adam Ballroom in the Delta Bessborough, Legion #63, Prairieland Park, the Western Development Museum and HMCS UNICORN. We have also been regulars at Danceland, the famed swing-era dance hall at Manitou Beach, and the Trafalgar Ball at HMCS QUEEN in Regina.
They believe in the importance of encouraging young musicians to continue playing after high school and, over the years, have provided support and funding to a number of high school band programs and a scholarship for members of audition bands at the University of Saskatchewan.
The Stone Frigate Big Band is:
Vocals: Robyn Knight
Saxophones: Leena Thomas, Carey Hydamacka, Nathan Degenhart, Albert La, Louis Christ
Clarinet: Carey Hydamacka
Trumpets: Doug Agnew, Bill Busche, Todd Linsley, David Seeley
Trombones: Kelly Kudryk, Peter Steckhan, Kendra Worman, Scott Theede
Rhythm: Sean Cocks, Matt Wolsfeld, Joan Steckhan, Vincent Laniece
Harmonica: Bill Busche
Auxiliary Percussion: Kelly Kudryk, Robyn Knight
Technical: Mike Steckhan
The Stone Frigate Big Band is supported by the Saskatchewan Band Association, Saskatchewan Lotteries, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture. http://stonefrigate.com/wp/