Jelgavas's big band is one of the basic values of the Latvian jazz music–union of professional musicians with history and traditions since 1991. From the beginning and also now the art director and conductor is Raitis Ašmanis and under his leadership the band mostly performs jazz standards and music of popular latvian and foreign composers.
Over 25 years Jelgava’s bigband regulary has performed in various towns in Latvia and also had been in concert tours all over the world – Baltic states, France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Mexico, Brazil, Peru. The bigband has participated in many competitions and have earned prizes. In November of 2006 Big Band won second place prize in world wide jazz musicians contest – festival “Swingin’ Saxonia” (Germany) in Big Band category and second place prize in Combo band category. In 2010 and 2012 Big Band won the First place prizes at the same festival.
In 2016-18, Big Band has allready played 80 concerts in tour in Latvia -“Frank Sinatra 100”- concert in two parts with the best hits of Frank Sinatra.
In 2017, Jelgava’s Big Band participated in one of the top competitions for bigbands in Europe– Corendon International Big Band Competition, which took place in the Netherlands. Big Band won the 2nd prize in the 1st Class.
Jelgava’s Big Band has participated also in productions of the Latvian National theatre – Christmas productions and Dita Lūriņa programme „The Dream about Broadway”. Big Band has also participated in various TV broadcasts and shows, it performs often in dance events.