People are talking about Stan Bann, "Penmanship", Stan Bann's Big Bone Band (SB4), the Stan Bann Big Band (SB3), and SB3's Northmark Lab release "Stratford Blue". READ ON!!


The marvel of the big band will never fade away as long as bands like that of Stan Bann keep the tradition moving forward. ”

— Bob Florence Grammy / Emmy winning composer, arranger


"Penmanship" is certainly an appropriate title for Stan Bann's latest CD because it showcases Stan's creative writing for trombone ensemble. I love these refreshing charts which should be part of every trombone ensemble's repertoire. Add to that the fantastic jazz solos on the CD by Dave Steinmeyer, Ian McDougall, Andy Martin and Bob McChesney and you have one superlative recording! Congratulations Stan on this great project.”

— Rick Simerly -- Jazz Trombonist

Stan Bann’s Penmanship is a tour de force of outstanding low brass performance and composition. The project showcases the immense level of talent from the Minneapolis low brass community as well featured performances by four of my all-time favorite trombonists Bob McChesney, Andy Martin, Ian McDougall and Dave Steinmeyer. A pleasure to listen to on every level. Bravo Stan”

— Michael Davis, Trombonist / Composer / Clinician / Hip Bone Music

Beautifully conceived, fun and creative writing for trombones. Yah!"”

— Bob McChesney -- Trombonist / Composer / Educator

Stan Bann has created a masterful recording of original music for trombone. ‘Penmanship’ occupies a unique space between nostalgic and contemporary. If you are a lover of the trombone or of great playing this recording is a must.””

— Jerry Luckhardt, Associate Director of the University of Minnesota-School of Music

Penmanship may be a dying art as it relates to handwriting—but Stan Bann’s “Penmanship” is a gorgeous ode to the thriving art of the musical scribe, and Stan is abundantly gifted in that art. His eight originals and two arrangements here are all beautifully, creatively scored for low brass and rhythm. And the playing? Oh my. Heavyweights Andy Martin, Bob McChesney, Ian MacDougall and Dave Steinmeyer lend extra heft and presence to Stan’s solid group of Minneapolis locals. This is a set brimming with groove and energy—worth repeated listens! ”

— Bob Thurston, former Chief Arranger, The US Air Force Band, Washington DC