THE WILL METZER BIG BAND STORY
"Will Metzer – Australia’s Answer to Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jnr- Bob Johnson (Daly Wilson Big Band) The Will Metzer Big Band is Australia’s next big thing!"
Will is a charismatic performer with a raspy sound rooted in jazz and the blues with obvious crooning influences yet uniquely Will!
Having started music as a young boy while living with his family in Texas, even before he knew how to read a note of music, Will had started a marching band in the local town of McDade Texas with his classmates all of 6 years of age. Will played the trombone and as the instrument needs to be at the front of the pack in order to play it, Will has been a musical leader ever since. Then having travelled to the legendary New Orleans, Will spent a night on his father’s shoulders watching all of the great local legends in Preservation Hall. This started his jazz bug and hence the birth of Will’s music career.
He has performed all over the world and with some big stars. Notably he has performed in most of the major hotels: The Ritz London, Raffles Singapore, Europa Hotel Belfast, Narita Hotel Japan, Ned Kelly’s Piano Bar Hong Kong, Crazy Pianos Holland, Ronnie Scotts London and even performed the opening of the new Adelaide Oval with iconic band Pseudo Echo. Big Band music inspired by Harry Connick Jnr and Frank Sinatra really captured his imagination and his dream was to start a big band of his own which he did.
The Will Metzer Big Band started in 2015. Since the demand for such a Big Band singing ‘Crooning’ style songs for clients, the Will Metzer Big Band is Adelaide’s Premier Big Band. With the added impetus and musical knowhow of renowned Australian Jazz Icon- Bob Johnson, The arrangements are sourced from America as well as Bob Johnson and Will Metzer collaborating to write some new exciting and fresh takes on some old classics and Will’s originals tunes too. With an influence of the Great Big Bands of past eras: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Harry Connick Jnr, and the Daly Wilson Big Band in Australia to name a few, Will draws from a rich plethora of musical diversity and pays respect to the originators of the music. The aspect which set this Big Band from its counterparts in Australia is that is it designed at ‘Entertaining people’ who may or may not be interested in such a band or indeed jazz background. The music is as exciting as Will’s professional performances onstage as he carefully entices the listener to become captivated in this formation of band.
The big band is designed for large scale events such as corporate events, festivals, private parties and dance balls as the band is able to customise their setlist to suit the event bringing either the 'old or the new' hits or a combination of both. Furthermore, you will be guaranteed a show of a lifetime with the energy, enthusiasm and exuberance of Will and the band. Speak to our administration team about catering the Big Band to your event as there are different configurations of the band and can perform from a 10 to an 18 piece.
They have played Adelaide Fringe and Jazz clubs, private shows and festivals even with Australian Idol winner- Natalie Gauci in which Will Metzer and Natalie performed a show 'When Harry met Willy' in 2018.
Will has played solo piano around the world in pubs, clubs, festivals etc having busked around the world with a piano accordion at 18 years old for 9 months. Since then he has worked on Cruise Boats performing solo piano bar and also headlining music shows starting out on Adelaide's own Murray Princess paddle steamer now performing on some of the largest ships in the world.
Now with Michael Bublé having success since the early 2000s with this style of format, Will is also able to add a string component to this outfit. The added inclusion of the strings adds for a tasty addition when coupled with the 13-piece horn section for more of a romantic style of option. The Big Band has performed at Masquerade Balls as well as performances at the Arkaba in Adelaide. The Band is best suited to larger corporate style events as well as some Casino style events. If you are after a Classy and stylish modern way of presenting music, The Will Metzer Big Band will entice your senses and perhaps even convert some of the harshest critics into buying and album or two.
REPERTOIRE: All BIG BAND STANDARDS, PLUS MODERN SONGS WITH A 18 PIECE BIG BAND
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