In 1958, The Fabulous Esquires Big Band Founder, Paul Colaluca formed a dance band in the likeness of Glenn Miller.
In 1967, Stan Kenton developed the band into a training program to become a nonprofit foundation, giving many generations of students access to and training big band swing music.
Now over 50 years later, The Esquires Music Foundation has played for hundreds of events throughout Southern California, keeping “music for dreaming and dancing” alive.
One of the key elements that has helped the Esquires maintain its reputation for playing quality music for over 40 years is our teaching program. The Esquire Music Foundation is a state and federally registered nonprofit organization for which all donations are tax deductible. There are no fees or dues to be in our program. On the contrary, donations received by the foundation are awarded as scholarships and grants to the Esquires musicians. Teamwork, leadership, service and growth are the primary objectives, achieved through music.
from the Jazz Era and Beyond
Sites & Sounds
Kevin Kennard with The Fabulous Esquires Big Band, December 2012, at The Ebell of Los Angeles