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.  

Akron Big 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!   

Band Members


Jim Drain(Keys), Don Kaser(Bass), Tom Milford(Drums)


Matt Jennings, John Crouch, Ron Hennen, Mark Esber, John Lueken, John Hurst

George Rosin, Jack Kimberly, Roger Ream, Jay Wise

Jim Fry, John Smith, Jim Miller

Plus other friends who fill in from time to time.

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.