The Midwest's "Most Danceable Big Band" celebrating over 45 years of performing. Let's go back to the first night, February 14, 1971 which was at the beloved Music Box Ballroom in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. Greg had purchased the musical library of the Tony Bradley Orchestra after Tony's death. The new group was offered to Harry Taylor, the long time owner of the Music Box. Harry took a liking to the young saxophone player he had seen playing with Skippy Anderson's band. The new band, with it's 23 year old saxophone playing leader, became a regular at the Music Box. The dancers liked what they heard, they enjoyed the dance beat, and liked the way the band could "Swing" a tune.
The Greg Spevak Orchestra hit the road and began it's schedule of territory "one niters" playing from Worthington, Minnesota to Kansas City, Missouri, and Davenport, Iowa to Kearney, Nebraska. The 200 mile plus territory became a regular route for the band.
The performances included the many name Ballrooms all mid westerners grew up with: the Cobblestone, Stormlake, IA - "Colosseum", Worthington, MN, - Frog Hop, St. Joe, MO - Val Air, Des Moines, IA - Peony Park, Omaha, NE - "Colosseum", Davenport, IA - (the list goes on and on.) The places, some still dancing, are traveled to every year making the "one niter" schedule for the band 120 to 150 performances per year!
This year, 2013, makes 42 years of continuous performing for the Greg Spevak Orchestra. The recordings over the years have been compiled into CD's and are available to you at our dances. Greg and the members of the Orchestra hope you enjoy the many tunes recorded.