In the early 1980's, Keith Stout and his associates began to envision a big band dedicated to the expression of American Jazz, Gospel and Christian Contemporary music. They also wanted to educate the public about where jazz music came from and help young musicians develop their talents and passion for music. Thus, Alive Music Orchestra or AMO, was formed as a non-profit organization. Since many of the current standard jazz forms we hear today originated from other styles of music, AMO has put together a program which encompasses many different forms of jazz and appeals to a wide audience.
The members of AMO come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience such as organizing, directing and performing in worship bands, rock bands, chamber groups, symphonic bands, big bands, and contemporary instrumental orchestras. They have performed in venues such as Six Flags Marine World and Disneyland theme parks and have been featured on local, Christian and network television programs. Several of the band's members have performed with such names as: Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, George Benson, The Four Tops, Pete Escovido, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans and Richie Cole. AMO recorded it's first CD in 1993 entitled Down By The Riverside and more recently AMO Live.