The Big Band Experience creates more than music. They create feelings. Experiences. The kind you remember as, “that unbelievable night out” and they are bringing those feelings and experiences to Lyric Arts. Shaun Johnson, is an Emmy-winning singer/songwriter who is originally from a small town in Iowa before attending Saint John’s University and then settling down in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.
Wanting to bring an innovative big band experience to the audience, Shaun put together a group featuring some of the best instrumentalists and arrangers in the Midwest – guys who've toured with such luminaries as Aretha Franklin and Johnny Mathis, who are Music Educators of the Year and who are integral members of collegiate jazz faculties. His vision was to create a contemporary big band sound with a pop flair, honoring legends like Frank Sinatra, with a nod to Michael Bublé, while giving the music his own twist–performing songs ranging from the “Spiderman Theme” to originals from U.S. songwriters.