Swing Band TAKETOYO (SBT), is a big band of local town people, based at the Yumetaro plaza in Taketoyo, Chita, Aichi, Japan.

SBT was established in October 2007 as a result of the Culture Creation Plan in Taketoyo.

We selected 15 standard songs to not over burden the band members from having to learn too many new songs.

We have chosen to play these, and other songs, that a person unfamiliar with jazz may have heard before, from artists like Glenn Miller and “Count” Basie.

We challenge our members play new big band arrangements, such as Disney songs and “My Neighbor Totoro”, because we wish to bring the enjoyable experience of big band jazz to everyone in the audience, including young children.

Since March of 2008, we have held two regular concerts at Yumetaro Plaza’s Kagayaki hall in March and September. We usually play our music in front of audiences numbering 300 to 450 people!

Band Master
Toshihiko Makinose