Whirlybirds formed in 2016 when Joe Gilliland, former bandleader of The DewDroppers, decided to continue creating the kind of accessible, catchy, pop-swing sound the band was known for despite some members parting ways. With clarinet/saxophonist Joseph Brenneman and bassist Trent Sampson in tow, he set out to construct a new project. With the addition of Nick Simko on trumpet, Max Marsillo on drums, and Jacob Campbell on keys, Whirlybirds was born.
The band quickly began to develop its own spin on the style, delving deeper into New Orleans style Dixieland and pre-WWII era jazz while still incorporating more modern elements of jazz, pop, soul, funk. The result is unique arrangements of original music (as well as standards/covers) designed to engage and entertain the audience in a high-energy, live show the audience won’t soon forget.
Whirlybirds can be enjoyed by audiences of young and old, whether they be connoisseurs of jazz or simply casual concert-goers. Dynamic enough for a small dinner engagement or full-blown concert stage.