HWE Big Band

Heisey Wind Ensemble Big Band
(videos can be found in our Media section)

The HWE Big Band is an offshoot of the Heisey Wind Ensemble that has presented concert band programs for the past 28 years. HWE members Randall Lamb, Doug Moran and David DeCarolis felt there was a need for a quality big band in the area and spearheaded the formation of the HWEBB in 2010. The band gave a well received premier performance at the 2010 Newark Jazz and Ribs Festival and have been invited back to perform each year since then.

The band has also performed at the Newark Independence Day Celebration, the Granville “Concert on the Green”, a concert at Granville High School, the Licking Valley Jazz Festival and in several concerts at their home in the Reese Center at OSUN.

HWE Music Director Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Director of Bands at The Ohio State University, leads the 20 member ensemble which has a traditional big band instrumentation of 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 5 trombones, rhythm section and vocalist. Membership in the HWE Big Band is drawn from the Heisey Wind Ensemble, which is an audition only group. Each concert the HWE Big Band gives is prepared and rehearsed specifically for the performance.

The HWEBB is thrilled to have had as our guest vocalists Kelly Delaveris, Dwight Lenox, Belinda Paisley, Jim Masters and Kelly McLennan.


Alto Sax – Tom Shook, Tim Wallick

Tenor Sax – Jerry Comer, John Garren, Shawn “Thunder” Wallace

Bari Sax – Bill Isenhart

Trumpet – David DeCarolis, Ben Huntoon, Kelly Shellhammer,
David Turrill, David Wolford

Trombone – Jonathon Bradshaw, Ben Factor, John Krumm, Doug Moran, Andy Rice, Jeff Shellhammer, Diana Wightman

Piano – Peter Larson

Bass – Lee Ensminger, Doug Richeson

Drums – Randall Lamb

For information on booking the HWEBB for a concert please contact Doug Moran via this web site.