Sound Check: Frank Bregar Orchestra

The Frank Bregar Orchestra has 11 members and will play at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Grand Junction Downtown Art and Jazz Festival.



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The Frank Bregar Orchestra has 11 members and will play at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Grand Junction Downtown Art and Jazz Festival.

The Frank Bregar Orchestra plays a toe-tappin’ style of music.

Whether it is jazz, waltz or light rock, the 11-member group has such a large, rich sound that even the orchestra’s members can’t help but tap their feet during rehearsals.

“There’s nothing like almost a full sax section with trumpets and the richness of the big band sound,” Frank Bregar said.

Bregar, who sings and plays saxophone, founded the orchestra in 1987 after he moved to Grand Junction from Pueblo. The group originally was called Men of Music, and seven of the original members still play in the group.

The addition of female musicians through the years prompted Bregar in 2010 to update the name to Frank Bregar Orchestra.

The current members are: Bregar on tenor saxophone and vocals; Judd Berry, trumpet; Ron Bradley, trumpet; Mike Gazdak, keyboard; Krystyn Hartman, vocals; Waylon Jordan, bass; Greg Karly, trombone; Rob Labig, drums; Travis Swanson, alto saxophone; Debbie Wilson, alto saxophone; and Mike Wilson, tenor saxophone.

Although the Frank Bregar Orchestra plays only a few shows a year because of the logistics required to book and pay an 11-member group, it will be featured at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Grand Junction Downtown Art and Jazz Festival.

It is the Frank Bregar Orchestra’s only scheduled show this year.

The orchestra will play heavy jazz covers because of the festival’s theme, but the group also enjoys playing Latin, light rock and classic standards, Bregar said.

For information on the orchestra, go to http://www.fborchestra.com.

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