Traditional/ Dixieland/ Hot Jazz Programs
Long before jazz was cool, it was hot!
The Dixieland jazz program is the most requested program we perform. It is a balance of live music and educational content, which discusses the music, the composers and the instruments/ equipment, techniques and musicians from the early Jazz area. This is generally a very upbeat program focusing on early jazz and ragtime with some ballads and blues.
Typical Songs: That’s A-Plenty, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Ain’t She Sweet, Wolverine Blues
Polka/ Oktoberfest Programs
The Polka/ Oktoberfest program contains Central European and American walzes, polkas, marches, etc. We do this program both in retirement homes as well as libraries. As with our other programs, it has both educational narrative and music.
Typical Songs: Tiroler Holzhacker Buab’n, Under the Double Eagle, Beer Barrel Polka
Around the World Programs
The around the world program focuses on fun and upbeat festival music from around the world. Music is a mixture of Jewish, Italian, German, and Central/ South American, with some interesting surprises added into the mix.
Typical Songs: Tarantella, In Heaven There is No Beer, Cielito Lindo, La Cumparsita
Music of the World War I Era
This program focuses on the hit parade between 1914- 1918. It features Vaudeville and then-commercial Tin Pan Alley hits, cake walks, waltzes, ragtime and very early Dixieland but also adds in waltzes and other early dances. This program can either be an all World War I jazz program or a mix of WW I jazz and patriotic/ soldier- themed music.
Typical Songs: Alexander’s Ragtime Band, At the Jazz Band Ball, Clarinet Marmalade, Bill Bailey
Programs at church services with traditional hymns, jazz arrangements, or traditional arrangements with tasteful embellishments. Also available for chorale Christmas music.
Typical Songs: Amazing Grace, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Simple Gifts, Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Commercial 60’s and Rock Program
Although many of us think that the 1960’s only consisted of the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, the decade also marked the peaks of careers of great commercial musicians and arrangers like Al Hirt, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Bert Bacharach and Henry Mancini and Ray Conniff. This program shows the lighter, instrumental side of the 1960’s featuring a number of contrasting styles.
Typical Songs: Taste of Honey, Java, Hawaii 5-0
Broadway/ Commercial Jazz Program
The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo can deliver programs tailored to lighter jazz, Broadway standards and more commercial popular music. These programs we typically play for receptions, parties and galas where a lower key band presence is needed.
Typical Songs: Almost like Being in Love, Walking My Baby Back Home, All of Me
Four Centuries of Jazz
A completely unique historical and educational program developed and performed by the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo, Four Centuries of Jazz takes the audience on a journey through time, exploring music from the 1700’s up through the modern era, set to traditional jazz. Many songs are played on antique instruments that are authentic to the times the music was written. The program was first delivered for the Miller-Cory House benefit concert to a sell out crowd at the Crossroads. The program can be tailored in duration for anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes.
Typical Songs: Over the Waves, St. James Infirmary, Hello Dolly
Holiday/ Winter/ Christmas-Themed Programs
We do Winter-themed/ holiday programs playing either traditional arrangements in an all brass choral format or in a jazz combo setting.
Typical Songs: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Hanukkah oh Hanukkah, Let It Snow
Of course we can also tailor programs to be a mixture of all of the above or put together customized set lists. Please contact us if you have a specific need.
We can do any of our musical programs as educational programs, focused on the instruments and the music.