What the critics say:
Benjamin's Big Band and the Drum Police performed at the Cumberland Courier Newspapers - Junior Sports Stars Awards night in February 2011 at the ANZ Stadium and they were nothing short of fantastic! As the Event Management Company working on this event, it was important to contract entertainers that would appeal to our clients audience and ensure that every one had a great time. Gerald worked closely with us to tailor the music to fit in with our clients expectations and to achieve their objectives. The format of the night was reviewed a number of times, but under Gerald's professional and flexible leadership, we ended up with an excellent entertainment program.
The night commenced with the Drum Police who brought the guests to attention with their 'audio pyrotechnics', instilling a sense of excitement and anticipation to the event. Then Benjamin's Big Band took over and played throughout the evening whilst supporting their young talented soloists who sang and played guitar, saxophone and trumpet. For a young community band, they did an amazing job and the audience just loved them. Gerald gives his band members licence to shine and brings out the very best in each performer. I expect that Benjamin's Big Band and the Drum Police will go from strength to strength and I highly recommend their services to anyone seeking a dynamic, talented and enthusiastic group of young musicians who have the ability to 'wow' even the most conservative audience.Nicki Tofler Events, 2011
I just wanted to say thank you so much for the professional performance put on by BBB at our staff party last night. A great night was had by all. It was definitely the best party we have ever had for our staff. Junior BBB was fantastic and the regular band was awesome.Hillary, 2010
... A huge thank you for your performance on Sunday morning!
I had a wonderful time with my friend experiencing all that is jazz. Even with the bursts of rain we could not leave we were so impressed.
The great song choices, the high quality of the performance, the amazing technical abilities, the list goes on and on about how fantastic the band was. Thank you for the music!Lucy, Manly Jazz Festival, 2010
As avid music lovers and Competition and Exhibition dancers, we would like to express our appreciation for the great music that the band plays at their various venues.
The bands great variety of music and vocals really get the dancers from our dance company going. The Band members have always played to the audience at hand and played any requests asked for from the audience.
Their versatility and the fact that the band members are of all ages makes them popular to all generations and styles of dancing. The Ceroc and Modern Jive dancers will always appreciate Benjamin's Big Band. They keep playing and we will keep listening and dancing.Robert Love and Sue Stewart, Ceroc and Modern Jive Dancers, 2010
Its not very often one gets the opportunity to hear the dynamic live sounds of a big band such as Benjamin’s Big Band.
What a thoroughly enjoyable experience to hear the music burst forth at you with such precision & crispness ... A real treat for the ears.
It’s hard to believe that some members of the band are only young teenagers for such is their mastery in playing their instruments it belies their age.
The tenor solo sax playing is a standout. This band will move you to get up & dance.Barry, 2010
... This was the second occasion I had engaged the band and I was again inspired by their talent and the very best jazz music around!Youth Conference, 2006
... You and your band absolutely thrilled all who saw you perform. What a talented group of young people! ... Dynamic leader ... Infected the entire audience. Fantastic! ... What terrific ambassadors!Merimbula Jazz Festival, 2001