ASMAC presents Big Band Arranging and Production Techniques

Big Band Arranging and Production Techniques
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Bernie Dresel
& his new album of big band music Bern Bern Bern
by The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel
Arranger’s Perspective with
Jeff Bunnell    Bill Cunliffe    Scott Healy
James McMillen    Nan Schwartz    Brian Williams
Moderated by Kim Richmond
Pure Audio Blu-Ray 5.1 surround sound demo!

The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel is without question one of Los Angeles’ most exciting large jazz ensembles, if not on the planet. It is one of the most innovative and original hard-swinging large jazz ensembles ever.  The brand new and energetic 2nd album,  Bern Bern Bern,  provides potent testimony to the sheer exhilaration of big band jazz….a combination of intense swing, fiery soloing, exciting arrangements, and tight ensemble playing that is showcased within a unique production palette, all the time being powered by Bernie Dresel’s extraordinary drumming talents.  We will be listening to and discussing this new CD and Pure Audio Blu-Ray Audio (96k/24 bit stereo, 5.1 surround, and 9.1 Auro-3D Immersive Sound) with Bernie and the arrangers about their contemporary, highly original sound featuring their witty, intricate, and energetic compositions.  These arrangements augment the standard big band instrumentation utilizing four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, and upright acoustic slap bass and drums, but no piano, incorporating jazz/rockin’ electric guitar, keyboards, and secondary drum set/percussion parts instead, in addition to augmenting that with 9 clarinets on couple of tunes from the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir…..quite an array of “ear candy”.

At the helm is jazz drummer extraordinaire Bernie Dresel, who has been one of the busiest studio and live musicians in the world as both a drummer and percussionist since moving to Los Angeles in 1983 after graduating from the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He has traveled the world, occupying the coveted drum chair for Grammy Award-winning Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band since its inception in 1999 until 2015.  And also, for an overlapping 15 years (1992 to 2006), he was the drummer for the multi-Grammy Award-winning Brian Setzer Orchestra, selling close to 4 million records. Modern Drummer magazine’s readers’ poll named Bernie “Best Big Band Drummer” and Drum! Magazine has put him on their list of “53 Drummers Who Made a Difference in the ’90s” as well as honoring him with a Drummie® for Best Big Band Drummer.   And for more information about Bern Bern Bern and the band please go to

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Check-in & Meet-up 7:00 pm
Event 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

ASMAC Members – FREE
SCL Member/Student – $5
Non-member/Guest – $10

Evergreen Stage

4403 W. Magnolia, Burbank
Free parking behind building

Click HERE to Reserve!