ABOUT EVOLUTION BIG BAND
The Evolution Big Band performs modern arrangements of popular jazz standards and today’s contemporary big band music for concert and dance venues in support of charitable causes.
Formerly known as the Stardust Orchestra, the Evolution Big Band is committed to keeping big band music alive, relevant and contemporary. With a library of more than 2,000 arrangements, performances are custom designed to fit a wide variety of tastes and occasions, and performed by some of the top jazz musicians in the Lowcountry.
Founded in 2004, this all-volunteer organization has helped various charitable organizations raise more than $180,000 to support their causes.
In 2020, the Evolution Big Band joined the Main Street Community Theatre and the Live Oak Christian Church in supporting the fundraising efforts to bring a new $5.5 million Live Oak Performing Arts Center to Bluffton. Plans call for breaking ground for the new facility in spring/summer 2021.
"The Live Oak Performing Arts Center will serve Bluffton and the surrounding community as a 'home' that will truly become the artistic heartbeat of Bluffton,” said Cinda Seamon, Chairwoman of the Main Stage Community Theatre Board of Directors.
“This is an excellent partnership that enables us to perform for community events and fundraisers in a way that supports the missions of the Evolution Big Band and Main Stage Community Theatre,” said Jeff Shawd of the Evolution Big Band. “This partnership will continue to expand our relationships with area non-profit organizations, as well as the opportunity to support their causes and raise funds for the Live Oak Performing Arts Center.”
The Evolution Big Band is grateful for the opportunity to hold its weekly rehearsals at the Bluffton School of Dance. The school teaches confidence, courage, and community expression through dance. "This is somewhere to be part of something great,” said dance school owner Dawn Miller. “Not only the arts, love of dance, and staying active; but teamwork, leadership, and confidence building happen here.”