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About Us

Hailing from York, Pennsylvania, the Inspire Big Band brings the rich sounds of traditional jazz to life. Born out of the original Inspire Studio of the Arts, York's premier hub for artistic education and performance, the IBB is a powerhouse ensemble of seventeen professional musicians. Founded by the incomparable Curt Sipe.

Drawing their talent from across Central Pennsylvania, these dedicated artists recreate the electrifying energy of the big band era. From the infectious rhythms of Swing and Blues to the sophisticated harmonies of Bop and Funk, the Inspire Big Band delivers a captivating performance experience.

Expect a dynamic repertoire that pays homage to the giants of jazz. Be transported by the iconic sounds of Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones, Buddy Rich, and Stan Kenton. The band also delves into the works of contemporary arrangers like Adriana Drover, Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, Kris Berg, Don Sebesky, and Marshall Gilkes, ensuring a fresh and exciting experience for every listener.

Led by a core group of distinguished musicians, including Craig Kenny, Dave Shultz, and Wayne Fox, the Inspire Big Band promises an evening of unforgettable music. Join them for a journey through the heart of jazz history, where tradition meets contemporary brilliance.

Band Members


Craig Kenney

Brian Leslie

Scott Pennewill

Bob Stoyko


Dave Shultz

David Silverman

Luca Savarino

Mike Evans

Vic Wertz


Nick Berger

Dan Tomassone

Bruce Schaeffer

JD McKelvey

Rhythm Section

Wayne Fox


Bill Druck


Rob Cochran


Rod Meckley


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