The STB Big Band, founded 1990 in Sindelfingen, has had a
varied and pretty unusual history.
The band's many appearances around the Stuttgart area and at
the yearly concert have almost become a well-loved routine.
Nevertheless, the STB Big Band has tried time after time to
stretch their slogan of "Jazz 'n' Fun" far beyond the
boundaries of their Swabian home, and to play their music
with joyful enthusiasm.
As a result, the band went on several short and longer tours
around Germany (including the concert at Europa Park in Rust
or framing twice the Frankfurt University Ball) as well as
in various neighbouring European countries. In particular,
it is worth mentioning the band‘s performances at the
Montreux Jazz Festival in 1996, 1997 and 2000, and the
concert in Euro Disney in Paris.
The band even dared to cross "over the pond" during their
two-week tour through Uruguay at the turn of 1995/1996. This
was a trip that will stay in the hearts and minds of all the
musicians concerned. The band even appeared on television
and played an "unplugged" session following a power
shortage, and was struck by the openness and enthusiasm of
the Uruguayan people.
Such varied and interesting appearances are the source of
new motivation and inspiration for the STB Big Band. This
ensures that the band, made up almost entirely of young and
young at heart amateur musicians, guarantees concert
evenings full of atmosphere and cheers, even after almost 28 years. True to their slogan "Jazz 'n' fun," the STB Big
Band’s varied concert program has something for (just about)
Whether they play big band standards from Count Basie or
Duke Ellington; "grooves" from rock, pop, soul and blues; or
modern and demanding big band literature from Peter
Herbolzheimer, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer or Bill Holman,
the STB Big Band's varied musical menu can be adapted to
meet (almost) every requirement or environment - be it the
Frankfurt University ball, the Montreux Jazz Festival or the
Of course, the vocalists play an important role in the band,
and provide the musical "cream on the cake".
As well as the numerous concerts and appearances, the STB
Big Band has always wanted and aimed to expand its musical
horizons using workshops with internationally experienced
and recognised jazz musicians and teachers. In the last few
years, the STB Big Band has worked with Joo Kraus, Paul Ferguson, Uli
Gutscher, Stefan Zimmermann, Frank Sikora, Ed Partyka,
Rainer Tempel and Martin Schrack, Frank Kroll, Andy Haderer,
Karl Farrent, Peter Lehel, Thomas Siffling, Ralph Abelein,
Nils Wuelker, Kai Podack, Monika Roscher, Dizzy Krisch, Tobias Becker, Klaus Graf
and Magnus Mehl to name
Above all, the STB Big Band musicians would like to maintain
their passion for playing to maintain their slogan
"Jazz 'n fun" for everyone!