Blue Lake International Jazz Orchestra

The 2014  International Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Tim Froncek, is comprised of the instrumentation found in a traditional 18 piece jazz big band, with 5 saxes (alto, tenor and bari), 5 trumpets, 5 trombones and rhythm (piano, bass and drums). The group’s repertoire will range from the classic big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Woody Herman to more contemporary composers such as Gordon Goodwin, Bob Mintzer, and John Fedchock.

Their tour will culminate with a special homecoming performance at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp on July 16, 2014.

2014 International Jazz Orchestra
Tim Froncek, Music Director

As a member of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Jazz Department for more than 30 years and current Department Director, Tim Froncek has had an important role shaping many young jazz musicians throughout the United States. at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. As one of the busiest jazz musicians in the region,  he can be seen performing on drumset, directing big bands, giving clinics & lectures on jazz, or judging one of the many jazz festivals in the mid-west United States. Mr. Froncek not only performs locally but has toured Internationally with the Western Jazz Quartet to South America, Asia and Europe.

An affiliate professor at Grand Valley State University, where he directs the Jazz Orchestra, teaches private drumset students, and lectures on the history of Jazz, he has toured international with the Western Michigan University Faculty Quartet and the Blue Lake Monster.

Tim has performed with many jazz icons, including Woody Herman and The Thundering Herd, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Rufus Reid, Jon Faddis, Hal Galper, Clark Terry, John Pattitucci, Bill Mays, John Clayton, Marcus Printup, Terry Gibbs, Wes “Warm Daddy” Anderson, “Fat Head” Newmen, Wycliffe Gordon, Brother Jack McDuff, Pearl Bailey, and Joe Williams.