Sweetpea Swing Band at the
Vancouver Jazz Festival
Sweetpea Swing Band
Cut a rug to the sizzling hot sounds of
The Sweetpea Swing Band
The Sweetpea Swing Band has been performing their own unique brand of traditional jazz in and around Vancouver for many years. The band repertoire contains a lively collage of hot jazz music dating back as far as 1916. Although the band's music is firmly rooted in trad jazz, The Sweetpea Swing Band presents their music in a hip, modern style that continues to incite audiences into a dancing frenzy.
The Sweetpea Swing Band presents music by the likes of; Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Joe Oliver, Joe Primrose, Jimmie Noone, Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, and Jelly Roll Morton. The music presented by The Sweetpea Swing Band is arranged by band members Tim Sars, Alison Gorman, Andrew Smith, and Sam Scott as well as Vancouver’s own Alan Matheson, Craig Scott, and Lloyd Arntzen.
The Sweetpea Swing Band were a huge hit - people loved them - they were great. I’d use them again in a heartbeat. Thanks for a great evening. - Sheila Galati, Vancouver International Film Festival, Gala Producer
The Sweetpea Swing Band is:
Guitarist, composer and vocalist Andrew Robert Smith holds a diploma in Jazz Studies from the Vancouver Community College school of music, and he is currently working on his bachelor's degree in musical education.
Multi Instrumentalist Tim Sars, holds a dilpoma in jazz studies from the VCC School of Music, and works as a performer leading several bands, and is a recording artist with a wide range of musical styles.
Saxophonist and composer Bryan Milks also a graduate of VCC's School of Music, has led his own bands at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and is currently studying at the University of British Columbia.
Trumpeter/Arranger Alison Gorman hold's a bachelor's degree in musical performance from UBC, as well as a diploma in jazz studies from VCC.
Vocalist and arranger Samantha Scott is a graduate from the VCC school of music and holds a degree from the University of British Columbia.
Bassist Derek DeFilipo holds a degree in computer science and is currently working on a music degree at Capilano University.
Drummer/Percussionist Brendan Krieg holds a Degree in Music from Concordia University, where he studied after completing a Music Diploma at the VCC. Brendan’s skilful drumming is always in demand across the country.