Over 20 years ago, River Cities Jazz band started playing “Big Band” style music in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Under the leadership of trumpet player Mitch Biba, the group quickly amassed a large library of tunes and an even larger following of regular audience members. The group got its name from the Wisconsin River which flows through the city and provides the area with opportunities for recreation and industry. Most of the members are from the Waupaca, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids area--where water is second only to beer!

Currently, the band enjoys playing at both the Sky Club in Plover and the Par 4 Bistro in Waupaca. RCJ has recorded two full-length CDs and has traveled throughout the Midwest as well as a European tour in 2010 culminating with a performance at the internationally known, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Since its inception, River Cities Jazz has become a staple of live music in the area and has performed at weddings, church picnics, jazz festivals, concert venues, and at regular supper club gigs. While “Big Band” music is featured prominently, the group loves to play a little blues, Latin, rock, and a lot of soul. From Stan Kenton to Stevie Wonder and Count Basie to the Beatles, River Cities Jazz performs a blend of danceable and timeless tunes sure to delight audiences of all ages!

For more information about booking the band for your next big event, or joining in as a player or audience member, please contact the band’s artistic director, Jennifer Bellmer rivercitiesjazz@gmail.com.