Awards & Accomplishments


Sophisticated Swing has received many indivdual and full-band awards at big band competitions and showcases over the past 17 years:

  • Thornbury Big Band Festival - Thornbury,O N
  • Canadian Big Band Celebration - Port Elgin, ON
  • Barrie Big Band Festival  -  Barrie, ON
  • Big Band Showdown  - Hamilton Convention Centre
  • Toronto Big Band Festival - Toronto Harbour Castle Inn
  • CNE Festival Of Bands  -  Operated by the Canadian Band Association(ON)


Our most special memories are from our performance at the CBA(ON) Festival of Bands held in 2004 at the Crescent School in Toronto. (As shown below).




Big Band Showcase Awards 2004


Awards for Overall Performance:

First Place Big BandPerformance: Sophisticated Swing


Adjudicators were asked to recognize outstanding musical performances by individuals throughout the Showcase performances.


Ten awards were presented for Outstanding Performances by individual performers and sectional work.


Sophisticated Swing received 6 of the 10 awards:


Male Vocalist:         Bill Hawkins

Female Vocalist:     Lana Biggs

Trumpet:                  Jim Philip

Piano:                        Norman Amadio

Drums:                      Russ Fearon

Rhythm Section:     Norm Amadio

                                    Paul Stipanitz

                                    Urmas Soomet

                                    Russ Fearon





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