Rick Brunetto Big Band
Rick Brunetto Big Band

The Rick Brunetto Big Band is a 17-piece orchestra that features the music of the 30’s and 40’s Big Band era on up through the present. The ensemble performs all styles of music from swing to Latin to show tunes and contemporary rock. The band’s vast library of music enables it to appeal to virtually all age groups for listening and dancing.

On a typical evening you might hear Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood”, “Moonlight Serenade”, or swing to the sounds of Tommy Dorsey’s “Opus One,” the music of Frank Sinatra and Count Basie. The next set you can hear the sounds of Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, Motown or Manilow come alive or see the band bring the house down with Gene Krupa’s “Sing Sing Sing.”

The Rick Brunetto Big Band enjoys great success on the Columbus music scene and appears regularly at festivals, clubs and special events. The band’s recordings include: “Tuxedo Junction”, “Pick Your Take”, “Stand Up and Swing”, and their latest CD “So Many Stars So many Dreams.” Rick has written arrangements and compositions for percussion ensemble, big band and symphony orchestra.

About Rick Brunetto:

Rick Brunetto, a native of Piqua, Ohio, earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 1974, and a Masters in Percussion at Ohio State University in 1976. He went on to study timpani in New York with Fred Hinger, world-renowned timpanist, with the Philadelphia and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras.

In 1974, he joined the well-known Bob Allen Trio at the Christopher Inn located in Columbus, with whom he performed and recorded for over 13 years. In 1978, he joined the faculty of Denison University, teaching in the areas of percussion, jazz studies, and music technology. He served as Chair of the Music Department from 1992 to 1998. He has also taught at Kenyon College, Mt. Vernon Nazarene College, and Capital University. He has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and Welsh Hills Symphony. Rick has conducted and directed concerts with many artists including Louie Bellson, Frank Foster, Marvin Stamm, and Bill Watrous.


Rick Brunetto Website: http://www.rickbrunetto.com/
Rick Brunetto Email for Booking information: rickbrunetto@mac.com
(614) 419-5076

1 Comment

  1. Rick;

    I attended “Pianos for Bob” yesterday at Capital University. It was a fantastic group of musicians and very enjoyable.

    I just wanted to let you know that I think it’s wonderful what you’ve done for Bob Allen — especially designing and building the apparatis to allow him the freedom to perform again. In addition, I know that you were instumental (no pun intended) in organizing the fundraiser and I’m sure Bob and his family appreciated it so much.

    I have yet to come to hear your group perform the big band sounds but will try to arrange it sometime soon. I know that my 93 year old Mom would especially enjoy it as well!.

    Thanks . .

    Carol Dailey

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