Get to Know The Big Time Jazz Orchestra 

The Big Time Jazz Orchestra calls Duluth, Minnesota home and is comprised of the finest big band jazz musicians in the Northland. This 19-piece ensemble includes collegiate and school instrumental music instructors as well as former military band musicians. BTJO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and has supported the community through performance and education of the uniquely American art form of jazz since 1990.


Annually, the group performs shared concerts and workshops with local schools and university bands as well as raising funds for area non-profits. Several orchestra members are also composers whose compositions have been performed locally and nationally. With the support and generosity of the Arrowhead Arts Council, the band has produced two CDs with original material and jazz standards.


The ensemble regularly programs selections from such jazz masters as Thad Jones, Woody Herman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Duke Ellington, Jim McNeely, Bob Brookmeyer, Gordon Goodwin, and Maynard Ferguson. Some of the more notable performances for BTJO have been its selection to play for the MN Music Educators Conventions in 1994 and 2001 and for the 50th-anniversary convention of the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) in 2002. In March 2017, BTJO was honored to perform a joint concert with the Duluth Superior Symphony.

Date: 02/16/2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Moose Lake High School Auditorium
Cost: $5 (Students),  $10 (Adults)

BTJO will perform to raise funds to benefit the Moose Lake High School band program.

Date: 03/08/2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Greysolon Ballroom
Cost: $35

BTJO will perform to raise funds to benefit the CHOICE unlimited ARTS Program. 


Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Get to Know Our Mission

  • Benefit charitable causes & music programs in Duluth/Superior and the surrounding area through the donation of concert proceeds
  • Provide educational opportunities for youth through workshops and concert performances
  • Perform new and original Jazz compositions and arrangements, as well as standard big band repertoire from Jazz masters
  • Promote and advocate big band Jazz music through concert performances in the Northland by premier regional musicians


Artistic Director Randy Lee selected as Minnesota Music Educator Association Educator of the year

The MMEA Educator of the year plaque will be presented to Randy Lee February 23rd, 2018.

BTJO joins GiveMN

BTJO held it's first online fundraiser on Give to the Max Day, November 12, 2017, to help in our efforts to create a sustainable organization for the Duluth Superior area. In…