M & J Big Band to The SunnyBrook Ballroom


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SoulJoel Presents:

The Return M & J Big Band to The SunnyBrook Ballroom

  • July 8th at 6pm
  • Doors open at 5pm
  • Tickets are only $20 in advance and $25 at the door 
  • 50 Sunnybrook Road Pottstown, PA 19464

The Big Band:

What started as a high school history project in 2010 has evolved into a full 17-piece big band. Originally started by Mike Denchy and Joe Senawaitis as “M&J’s Big Band” for a “History Night” project on the history of big band jazz at Pottsville Area High School, the M&J Big Band has been under the leadership of Bandleader John Shoener since 2011, with assistance from Associate Bandleader Jacob Shoener since 2013, and Assistant Bandleader Josh Kovich since 2016.  Our Band Mentor from the beginning has been local jazz legend Larry Koch of Pottsville.

The band features members from Schuylkill, Northumberland, Montgomery, Lancaster, and Adams Counties.

Some of our bigger events that we have played include: The York Big Swing Thing, Les Brown Jazz Festival, Opening act for Dave Stahl Band in Lebanon, Valley View Park, Kennedy Park of Lansford, Bubeck Park in Schuylkill Haven, Shenandoah Valley High School, Heisler’s Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley near Tamaqua, Pottsville Stage Band concert, The Majestic Theater in Pottsville, and much more!

The band’s mission is to keep the big band music alive into the next generation.  The band also aims to play the music of Schuylkill County greats Tommy Dorsey (Shenandoah), Jimmy Dorsey (Shenandoah), and Les Brown (Reinerton).  The band has performed at the Les Brown Jazz Festival at Williams Valley High School in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021 & 2022.  The Band starting presenting Dorsey Brothers Tributes starting in 2018, and resuming once again in 2021 and 2022.

In 2019 the band performed over 15 concerts throughout Schuylkill County and the surrounding areas.  Despite the COVID19 pandemic, the band continued to produce a virtual concert series beginning in December 2020, and concluding in December 2021.  2020 also marked the 10 year anniversary of the band’s founding.  Due to pandemic restrictions, we were unable to produce a live show to celebrate, but the band continued on through 2021 into 2022!

The band also performs at various restaurants and parks throughout Schuylkill and the surrounding counties, as well as numerous elderly communities.  M&J Big Band usually performs from April-August, and around the Christmas Holiday.  The band rehearses every Thursday at the Braun School of Music in Pottsville.

The band, now in its 12th season, is available for a variety of events.  We hope that you can be a part of our next musical season.  Call or send us a message on the contact page for more information!  Support Live Big Band Music, and shoot us a like on Facebook at M&J Big Band.

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Event Details

Date: July 08, 2023

Start time: 06:00 p.m. EDT

End time: 09:00 p.m. EDT

Venue: SoulJoel's at Sunnybrook 50 Sunnybrook Road Pottstown, PA 19464

Phone: 484-300-4681

Email: info@sjpcomedy.com