The Buzzards Bay Musicfest Swing Band


The BBMF is proud to welcome the Buzzards Bay Musicfest Swing Band under the leadership of Phil Sanborn, well-known trombonist with national and international performances.  The ten-piece “Swing Band”, with Vocalist, makes its debut at this BBMF 2017 season with a Salute to the Big Band Era.


Band Leader – Phil Sanborn

has led a number of different jazz ensembles that have enjoyed many performances throughout the New England area over the years.  Mr. Sanborn has been Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Tri-County Symphonic Band since 2006 and is the Director of Instrumental Music at Tabor Academy where he has been teaching since 1985.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied with Abe Torchinsky.  As a trombonist and euphonium player, Mr. Sanborn has performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Ocean State Lyric Orchestra, Rhode Island Civic Chorale Orchestra, The Bass-Wingate’s Band (British Brass Band), Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Tri-County Symphonic Band, Marion Concert Band, and the American Band of Providence, RI.  As a jazz trombonist, Mr. Sanborn has performed both locally and internationally, including the Montreux (Switzerland) JazzFestival.  Mr. Sanborn has appeared with Cab Calloway, Julius La Rosa, Bobby Vinton, Duke Bellaire Big Band (Bovi’s East Providence, RI), John Allmark, Tony Giorgianni’s Jazz Odyssey, White Heat Swing Orchestra, Ken Hadley Big Band, SouthCoast Jazz Orchestra, the Night Life Orchestra, Mahrud and many others.

Band Members

Taylor Cormier – Vocalist

Bryan Steele – Alto Saxophone

Arnie Krakowsky – Tenor Saxophone

Karen Sanborn – Baritone Saxophone

Doug Olsen – Trumpet

Bill Kingsland – Trumpet

Phil Sanborn – Trombone

Donn Legge – Guitar

Barry DeRossi – Piano

Dave Zinno – Bass

Gary Johnson – Drums