The New Reformation Band has given thousands of performances worldwide in its 48 years playing traditional jazz (Dixieland, gospel, blues, big band, swing and more) considered by many to be America's only original art form.
From its first performance at a Saginaw church, the band has played its "joyful sound" at national jazz festivals, with dozens of symphony orchestras, on cruise ships, in concert halls, country clubs, band shells, fairs, resorts, supper clubs, at schools and colleges, as well as performing hundreds of worship services in churches of many faiths.
It is recognized as one of the country's pre-eminent classic jazz groups and has appeared from coast to coast, in Hawaii, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.
Over the years, the New Reformation Band has produced 16 critically-acclaimed albums (now on CDs) which are being enjoyed by fans everywhere.
The band's 20th and 25th anniversary concerts were televised from Saginaw's Heritage and Temple Theatres respectively, and subsequently broadcast across the USA on the PBS Network. With bandleader Dave Oppermann and six "superstar" sidemen, these seven friendly fellows provide a fun-loving, knee-slapping, toe-tapping entertainment experience.
Genre: Classic Jazz & Gospel
Personnel: Dave Oppermann, Saginaw (Piano, Leader) Dave Tatrow, Otisville (Trumpet) Keith DeWitt, Flushing (Trombone) John Simpson, Lansing (Clarinet, Saxophone) Rick Bryant, Millington (Drums) Dave Kadwell, Grand Rapids (Banjo, Guitar) Paul Carlson, Grand Rapids (Tuba)