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  The Sound Body Jazz Orchestra is a full 18-piece big band, including male and female vocalists. But for smaller venues that cannot accommodate the full group, we often use a smaller version of the orchestra that can perform the same playlist as the larger ensemble, using eight horns rather than thirteen and a three or four man rhythm section. For intimate jazz settings, our fine drummer, bass and keyboard players are joined by a tenor or alto sax player to form the Sound Body Jazz Quartet. This group plays a combination of jazz standards and contempory jazz similar to the mix played by the orchestra.

This variety of groups allows Sound Body to provide an appropriate size and quality of ensemble for any occasion that requires a special musical flair. Sound Body plays a variety of events from outdoor concerts and festival events to all types of private parties.

Roger Bacon alumni perform in 'Groovin' series

For The Fairfield Echo

Sound mind in a sound body. It was their school motto at Roger Bacon High School and followed them into their adult music career after they became known as the Sound Body Jazz Orchestra.

The high school's band alumni got together to form a musical group. Ed Ratterman, band leader, explains that they all saw each other at the 20th anniversary of the Roger Bacon Invitational, a marching band competition, and decided to play together with the idea of giving the majority of the money they made to the Roger Bacon High School Band to buy new instruments.

Fairfield will have the chance to hear the Sound Body Jazz Orchestra tonight at 7 p.m. on the Village Green Amphitheater Stage as part of the "Groovin' on the Green" Concert Series.

Five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets and a full rhythm section of bass, drums, rhythm guitar and keyboards will join Ratterman, as well as Kent Stine, musical director for the band, for an evening jazz lovers will treasure. Concertgoers can expect a combination of classic big band swing and jazz influenced popular music from the 1920's to the 1990's as well as a few Latin tunes and some ballads.

Ratterman describes the band as a cross between the Count Basie Orchestra and the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

"Our mission is introducing people not normally interested in Jazz to Jazz and showing them that it is integrated in most types of music. For example, you might hear it on a TV commercial or in fusion, a mixture of jazz and rock," he said. "Jazz isn't something you just listen to in a smoke filled room."

The Sound Body Jazz Orchestra is touring this summer to promote their CD, That's the Way We Felt It, which was released in December 2004. The CD will be available for purchase at the show. Visit for details.

Reprinted with permission of the Fairfield Echo
June 30, 2005

The 2018 Sound Body Jazz Orchestra

Chip Sepate, lead trumpet
Clem Luken, solo trumpet
Ed Ratterman, trumpet
John Beiting, trumpet
Greg Glassmeyer, trumpet

Chris Potts, lead alto sax
Dan Middendorf, alto sax
Chris Rotsching, lead tenor sax
Gene Meister, tenor sax, clarinet
Paul Wessendarp, baritone sax

Allen Bauer, lead trombone
Larry Mitchell, trombone
Doug Battson, trombone
Dave Scully, bass trombone

John Gulasy, Stephanie Sepate, keyboard
Frank Tricase, drums
Scott Edwards, guitar
John Brecht, bass, vocals
Kim Johnson, vocals

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