CRAIG STRAIN Music Services

CSO grew out of my belief that it was time for a fresh face in the field of Detroit's Big Bands. The concept is one that draws from the rich heritage of the contemporary big bands with Jazz, Swing and Rhythm & Blues as the basis for the band's library. Music made popular by artists such as Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Randy Crawford, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles and Joe Cocker is typical of the music performed by CSO. One of the aspects that makes CSO unigue, it its ability to cross over into the pop/R&B genre in a convincing manner while being a superb interpretor of the traditional big band repertoire.


What started out as an experiment to perform some of my arrangements quickly blossomed into an exciting and diverse band capable of generating great music. The members represent an impressive cross section of some of the Detroit area's finest musicians. You will be thrilled to hear this outstanding band perform.


Recent performances include Gilda's Big Night Out at the Masonic Temple, The Michigan Jazz Festival, Martino's in Livonia, and The Manhattan Club in Novi and Jazz on the Vine at The Fillmore.



Keith Kaminksi

Robert Reeves

Steve Wood

Jack Johnson

Shannon Ford



Randy Casteel

Ryan Dolan

Shane Tucker

Craig Strain



Steve Fleck

Liz White

Bob Clark

John Martin


Peter Kopera


Rick Davis



James Simonson



Jim Ryan



Sarah D'Angelo

Gary Sacco

Rick Davis