Get To Know Grand Junction’s Big Band: The Frank Bregar Orchestra
Have you had the opportunity to catch a concert with Grand Junction, Colorado's "Frank Bregar Orchestra?" They're making their way to Fruita this week, and it's a perfect chance to enjoy some Big Band Swing.
Live music is back in a big way in Western Colorado. The Fruita Thursday Night Concert Series is a huge hit, with tons of awesome bands. This coming Thursday, July 28, 2022, you'll have a chance to catch a free show with this big band.
Big Band Music Right Out of Colorado
Frank Bregar is a well-known bandleader from the state of Colorado. He relocated to Grand Junction forty-some years ago and launched a new version of the band. On a side note, congratulations are due. Frank and his wife, Jerry, just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Familiar Faces Out of Grand Junction, Colorado
No doubt you are familiar with some of the players. The photo at the top was taken back in 2018 at Fruita's Civic Center Park. The photo below was taken during a recording session at Aspen Leaf Recording Studio.
From left to right, starting top row: Travis Swanson (former member), Debbie Wilson, Mick Wilson, Frank Bregar, Greg Karly, Judd Berry, Ron Bradley, Front row: Mike Gazdak, Krystyn Hartman, Rob Labig, Waylon Jordan
What Kind of Music Do They Play?
Well, you can count on a number of Big Band standards. In addition, they tend to break out a Big Band arrangement of contemporary tunes. What do they sound like? Take a listen.
Next Stop For This Western Colorado Band
If you would like to hear more of that, make your way to Fruita's Civic Center Park this Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. This is a free show. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, water, sunscreen if needed, and maybe even bug spray.
Keep your eyes and ears open for the Frank Bregar Orchestra. You'll see them or on some occasions the "reduced" five-piece version of the band, Rock N' Swing, at venues all over western Colorado.