The Evolution Big Band restarted weekly rehearsals in January 2021, following strict COVID protocols. Today, with all band members vaccinated from COVID, we have prepared more than 60 new big band arrangements for our audiences.

Our first performances will be a series of private events that will benefit the Live Oak Performing Arts Center. With groundbreaking scheduled for the Fall of 2021, this $6 million, 400-seat state-of-the-art facility will provide a vibrant performing arts center in the heart of Bluffton. It will also anchor the community's Cultural District and will allow for faith, community, and the arts to come together in a warm and welcoming environment.

Performing with the Evolution Big Band for this "One Home" concert series are guest singers Steve Blanchard and Meredith Inglesby.  In addition to his numerous theatrical, film and television credits, Mr. Blanchard holds the distinction as the longest-running "Beast" on Broadway's Beauty and the Beast.  Ms. Inglesby performs with Disney Theatrical productions both on Broadway and in national tours, and is currently performing the lead role in Mamma Mia at the Coastal Carolina Arts Center.  

The band has also committed to headline the American Cancer Society's benefit event at Shelter Cove Park on September 25th, starting at 4 p.m.  Additional details will be forthcoming soon. 

We are looking forward to additional performances as non-profit organizations resume their fundraising outreach efforts.


Our mission is to support local charitable causes by performing contemporary arrangements of big band music at concerts, dances and private events. Since our founding, the band has raised more than $200,000 for non-profit organizations in the area.

For more information about the Evolution Big Band, please check our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EvolutionBigBandJazz/

If you are interested in booking the Evolution Big Band, please contact Executive Director Jeff Shawd (jeffshawd@msn.com)