Band Information

The Velvet Brass is a distinguished dance band that specializes in music of the “big band era.”  The band consists of four members playing trumpet, saxophone, keyboard, and drums. The band plays music in several styles, including big band swing, light jazz, soft rock, Latin, classic rock, Dixieland, and old time. The Velvet Brass is the band of choice for dances, weddings, anniversaries, receptions, conventions, concerts, and birthday parties.

Contact John “Duffy” Morton, at velvetbrass@gmail.com or call 320-424-0514.


Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra Since 1990 Jerry O’Hagan has led his orchestra to play for over 1600 dance parties in the upper midwest. His 400 song playlist includes waltz, foxtrot, east and west coast swing, latin, polka and some early rock. The band features quality musicians who have played with such big name entertainers as Glenn Miller, Mel Torme, Artie Shaw, and Ray Charles. Charmin Michelle is the band’s featured female vocalist. The band can be found most Sundays playing at the Cinema Ballroom in St Paul. 

Contact: johagan581@aol.com  or  www.jerryoh.com 


Tim Patrick and His Blue Eyes Band is a world-class, award-winning band. Tim’s voice and his band’s grasp of dance step rhythm has been amazing ballroom dancers in the Twin Cities area for the past three years. The band has also played in other U.S. locations and Europe. Tim and his band play a large variety of dance styles, including foxtrot, waltz, rhumba, swing, cha cha, quickstep, and polka just to name a few. Tim is named alongside Frank Sinatra in "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide". Tim won the 2008 Rising Star Award for Best Jazz Singer in North America. www.timpatrickmusic.com email:tim@timpatrickmusic.com


Julie Lee and her White Rose Band was started in 1995, and is based out of Fargo, ND. The band has worked all the corners of the Midwest and in the Southwest. The four-piece group features clarinets, saxes, trumpet, keyboards, and accordion. The music features a wide variety of styles, from country, big band and '50s, to old-time waltzes & polkas, with a focus on good “dance” music. Depending on the venue, the band can play more on the country side, big band side or old-time side, whatever is required. The band was chosen as the 2009 Minnesota Ballroom Operators Association ”Band of the Year.” 

Contact Julie Lee at julielee@whiterosebasnd.com   Website: www.whiteroseband.com  


The Upper Mississippians Jazz Orchestra was founded by Dennis Block in 1996. He brought his music library with him from Connecticut, where he and friends played the music of the Jazz Age. Since then, the orchestra has expanded its repertoire which includes swing, foxtrots, waltz, Latin, and polkas, all with the emphasis on danceability. The group plays on summer Sundays at Zhateau Zorbas on Little Sand Lake north of Dorset, Minnesota.

Contact Dennis Block at 22933 Glider Trail, Park Rapids, MN 56470.


Myron Sommerfeld and His Orchestra continue to perform the Music of the Stars to the many folks who love Swing and Ballroom Dancing.  The band has recently performed on two 58 day South American cruises on board the Regal Empress and is now in its fourth winter season playing the resorts in the Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona, area.  The band still headquarters out of Valley City, ND, and during the summer plays for special events in North Dakota and Minnesota. More information:  http://www.nbea.com/mso.htm

Tuxedo Junction entertains at club dances with ballroom dance music including foxtrot, Latin, polka, swing, and waltz. In addition they offer Ballads, Country, Line Dances, Mixers, and Rock & Roll. Their "fresh" tempo's and sounds are heard in the ballrooms and wedding halls around the upper midwest states. Come January through March, these great veteran musicians are entertaining in the Mesa, AZ. area playing at various gated communities.  Contact Leon Haefner (612)987-3151 or lhaefner@charter.net