The classics of the Swing Era and the American Songbook live on in performances of The Stone Frigate Big Band, an 18-piece swing band from Saskatoon. The band’s repertoire also includes Latin, contemporary swing and jazz numbers.
The Stone Frigate Big Band was formed in October 1995 at HMCS UNICORN, Saskatoon’s Naval Reserve Division, one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s “stone frigates”. Over the years we have played at public and private functions at locations around Saskatchewan that include Club Jazz at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, The Bassment, TCU Place, the Adam Ballroom in the Delta Bessborough, Legion #63, Prairieland Park and the Dekker Theatre in North Battleford. We have been regulars at Danceland, the famed swing-era dance hall at Manitou Beach, for over a decade.
We believe in the importance of encouraging young musicians to continue playing after high school and, over the years, have provided support and funding to a number of high school band programs and a scholarship for members of audition bands at the University of Saskatchewan.
The Stone Frigate Big Band is:
Leena Thomas, Carey Hydamacka, Nathan Degenhart, Albert La, Louis Christ
Doug Agnew, Todd Linsley, Curtis Pippin, Bill Busche*
Kelly Kudryk, Peter Steckhan, Kendra Worman, Scott Theede
Sean Cocks, Matt Wolsfeld, Joan Steckhan, Vincent Laniece
Kelly Kudryk, Robyn Knight
*Bill Busche played with the band since its earliest days. He passed away January 14, 2017, but he lives on with us in spirit and on many of the demo recordings on this site. He is featured on harmonica on Front Burner and Flip Flop and Fly.