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:

  • Davidson's Concerts on the Green

  • Birkdale

  • Lowe's YMCA

  • Mooresville Soup Kitchen Lobsterfest

  • Race City Days Festival

  • Several local churches

  • Town of Cornelius

  • Fundraisers for Welcome Home Veterans

  • USO

  • American Cancer Society

  • March of Dimes

  • Boys and Girls Clubs

  • Knights of Columbus

  • Iredell Concert Association

  • Mooresville Concert Association

  • Other private events

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 - & flugelhorn; section lead; Treasurer Richard Spangler - & flugelhorn Jody Tyree - & flugelhorn
TROMBONES: Jim McNabb - section lead; President Allen Dobson; Board member David Martin Charles Emerich Dan Markley Yoram Friedman - bass trombone
SAXOPHONES: Shawn Ervin - alto, soprano & tenor sax and clarinet; section lead Mark Lowery - alto & bari sax; Vice President; librarian Mark Graham - tenor, soprano & alto sax, flute and clarinet Don Caruthers - tenor & alto sax, clarinet & flute John Tate - bari, tenor & alto sax Mary Ellen Williams - bari sax Jamin Shanti - alto, tenor sax and clarinet
RHYTHM SECTION PERCUSSION: Phil Kouwe - percussion; section lead; Board member PIANO: Tom Schmutzler Mark Trotta BASS: JP VanHoy GUITAR: Dave Schutt

VOCALISTS: Virginia Schutt - Secretary Michelle Wiswall Gordon Barnes Derek Pino

SOUND: Caroline Tyree

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