will be shutting down Monday, October 29, 2018.

It's with great sadness that I announce that Syracuse Bands will be shutting down at the end of this month. It's been awesome building and managing this site since 2005. Through the years I've been proud to host this site for all local musicians and helping to promote them. However, over the last handful of years, there have been fewer users on the site, and more bands are joining other platforms with a larger audience. These, along with a few other reasons, I've decided to close down the site.

Thank you all for using the site and being a part of Syracuse Bands.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out -

-Chris Gmyr (Site Admin)

October 22nd, 2018


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Syracuse Bands - BEAR CAT JASS BAND


The Bear Cat Jass Band plays Classic Traditional Jazz and Swing. They have been in existance 53 years under the direction of Dick Ames (Leader & Cornet). Other band members are: Jeff Stockham (Cornet, Trombone & Vocals), Bill Palange (Trombone & Vocals), Carl Borek (Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Bass Sax), Tom McKay (Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Bass Sax),Drew Frech (Tenor Banjo,Plectrum Banjo & Vocals), Jerry Exline (Piano & Tuba & Vocals), Joe Smithling (Drums)