About Us

 The Lake Norman Big Band takes the stage as about a 20-member ensemble composed of talented musicians from the Lake Norman region.

Since its formation in 1998 and incorporation in 2007, the band has performed both indoors and outdoors at numerous Lake Norman area community events including:

Big Band is a style of music that originated in the 1930's and 1940's.  During that era the popular bands were conducted by such legends as Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and others.  Later, came the younger generation of stars like Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson.  Big bands kept the country dancing and in recent years, have become very popular for many social events. 

We go beyond that concept, incorporate many different styles of music from the different eras and give it our own sound.  Most unique is our treatment of more modern songs by popular bands and artists including Chicago, Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, Carlos Santana, Billy Joel, Norah Jones, Michael Buble and Pat Metheny.  We hope to win over a new generation of fans who hear us play music that may be more recognizable.  Please check out our playlist for the latest updates to our musical chart collection.

We currently play for the public on the third Monday of every month at the The Wobbly Butt Taproom & Eatery (inside New Victory Lanes) in Mooresville, NC.  More info on the venue can be found at this link: WOBBLY BUTT TAP ROOM & EATERY | Newvictorylanes 

If you want to impress, The Lake Norman Big Band will play music for your next event, whether its a benefit, dance, concert, private party or a corporate celebration.  We will make your event a great success! 


TRUMPETS:     Terry Rothwell - trumpet & flugelhorn; Section Lead; Treasurer     Richard Spangler - trumpet & flugelhorn; Board member     Jody Tyree - trumpet & flugelhorn     Chris Suggs - trumpet & flugelhorn     Alternate     Eric Knight
TROMBONES:     Jim McNabb - Section Lead; President     Allen Dobson; Secretary & Assistant Treasurer     David Martin     Charles Emerich     Dan Markley     Yoram Friedman - bass trombone
SAXOPHONES:     Shawn Ervin - alto, soprano & tenor sax; Section Lead     Mark Lowery - alto & soprano sax; Vice President; Librarian      Mark Graham - tenor & soprano sax, clarinet     Terry Stern - tenor          Alternates     John Tate     Jamin Shanti     Don Caruthers
RHYTHM SECTION      PERCUSSION:       Phil Kouwe - percussion; Section Lead; Board member       Brad Clark      PIANO:      Mark Trotta      Jeff Reynolds     BASS:      JP VanHoy
     Alternate     Craig Malz      GUITAR:      Dave Schutt

VOCALISTS:     Virginia Schutt - Section Lead     Michelle Wiswall     Derek Pino
     Alternate     Brenda Wallace
SOUND:     Caroline Tyree     Richard Spangler

Music Director:  Ken Davis

Mr. Ken Davis is a native of Rock Hill, SC and a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He recently retired after 30 years of teaching public school. He taught ten years in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg system, and twenty years as the Band Director of Mooresville High School. His bands have received numerous awards and superior ratings at concert and marching band festivals. He is a member of ASBDA, and is the 2008 recipient of the "Award of Excellence" for the South Central District. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in both North and South Carolina. Mr. Davis serves as the director of the Davidson College Pep Band and also directs the Lake Norman Big Band. He can often be seen performing as a free-lance trombonist, and is a member of The Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, Brass Act Quintet, and The TONEZ Beach Band. He currently serves as an Educational Representative for Howren Music Company, and resides in Kannapolis NC with wife Felicia and daughter Kendall. 

Contact: Richard Spangler