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.

Booking The Esquires


The band is available for any type of function or celebration. Please check our Calendar to see if the date of your event is available. We may be able to handle multiple performances in one day, so be sure to include the details of your event. We typically staff 12 to 17 musicians, depending on availability, stage size, acoustics, etc.

Upcoming Events


Gala, Simi Valley
Saturday, February 2




Swing Peedro
Saturday, February 2  8:00-11:00pm
People’s Place
365 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, California 90731
Tickets $20



Rusty’s Rhythm Club
Saturday, February 13 7:30-11:30pm
8025 W. Manchester Ave. Playa Del Rey
Tickets $15
Rusty’s Rhythm Club


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Sites & Sounds

Kevin Kennard with The Fabulous Esquires Big Band, December 2012, at The Ebell of Los Angeles

Melissa Kay Allen with the Fabulous Esquires Big Band, December 2012.
The Fabulous Esquires Big Band at Rusty’s Rhythm Club, April 2011.

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