We Play the Best Music Ever Made!

Band Members

saxophone section


John Leucken - Mark Esber - Ron Hennen 

John Hurst -  John Crouch - Matt Jennings

trumpet section


Michael Yeager - Jim Miller - John Smith

Kevin Wallick - Jim Fry

trombone section


Jack Kimberly - George Rosin - Roger Ream

Jay Wise ( not pictured)

rhythm section


Jim Drain - Karla Cummins 

Tom Milford - Don Kaser



Michael Yeager - Karla Cummins

50 Years Strong

 Over fifty years ago in Akron, Ohio, a group of men including Paul Krans and Don Davis started to play the music they loved as a group. This was the music of their youth, Big Band Swing Music . As word got out the band grew until it became a full seventeen piece big band. It was in the early 1960's that the Akron Big Band out grew Paul's home and moved to Westminster Presbyterian Church, in west Akron. It is sad to say that none of the founding members are alive today to see how well the musical "seed" they planted, in 1955, has grown into today.  

The Band Today

We are still based in Akron, Ohio and going strong. With every performance we keep alive the music that we love and the memories of our friends that are no longer here to help us play it.   The Akron Big Band is an Ohio Non-Profit organization. Our members are paid by your applause and seeing the smiles on your faces.. 50 Plus years of keeping the best music alive!   

Board of Directors

Ron Hennen

Jim Fry

Don Kaser


President-John Smith

Treasurer-Jack Kimberly

Secretary-Roger Ream

Rehearsal Director-Jim Fry

Site Overview

 See our Contact page to contact the band.  See a list of upcoming and past shows.  You can also listen to us and see our photo gallery.