Hendersonville swing band

Since 1983

The Hendersonville Swing Band, under the direction of trombonist Jerry Zink, plays music of the Big Band era of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. The band is primarily a rehearsal band made up of a group of 17 musicians who get together to play this music for their own enjoyment. Nearly all the members of the band are retirees. At present, the band has members from Henderson, Transylvania, Haywood and Buncombe counties.

The current band is an outgrowth of two earlier groups which had been rehearsing and performing in Henderson County since 1983. The original organization was more of a society orchestra led by Irvin Grimm and called the Grimm Aces. In the late ‘80s, the group evolved into a small dance band called the Stardusters. Players were added to the band until about 1994 when it finally became the band it is today.


The Hendersonville Swing Band gives three to four public performances each year. With only a few exceptions, the concerts have been fundraisers for service clubs and agencies such as the following:

– Interfaith Assistance Ministry
– The Hendersonville Civitan Club
– The Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO)
– The Dispute Settlement Center
– The Hendersonville Kiwanis Club Scholarship Fund
– The Hendersonville Symphony
– Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
– Hendersonville Community Music Center
– Thrive
– Medical Loan Closet
Although the band prefers to remain close to home in Henderson County, it has traveled as far away as Columbus to play at Tryon Estates, Tryon at the Tryon Fine Arts Center and Canton at the Colonial Theater.

upcoming concerts

We are glad to announce that the band resumed regular rehearsals on July 10, 2021, after a hiatus of nearly 15 months.  As soon as conditions are favorable, the band would be eager to perform indoor concerts as fund-raisers for any deserving non-profit organization in our area.  If your organization is interested in sponsoring such a concert, click the Contact the Band button below on this site.

Band Members

The membership of the band is fixed to 17 members, but there are occasional openings as band members drop out for one reason or another. There are also opportunities to substitute in the band at rehearsals and concerts. Therefore, if playing music of this type is your cup of tea, please let the band know.

b j Sharp


John Barrett




David Matlock


Tommy Brendel


Jerry Zink




stephen ray


Wayne Fraederich


Ron Judd


Jim Lane


Marilyn Campbell

Alto Sax

tim meadows

Alto Sax

Tom Ward

Tenor Sax

John Caldemeyer

Tenor Sax

Kim Lachance

Baritone Sax

Leo Bjorlie

String Bass

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