Megan West - Drummer, Vocalist and Band Leader       
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Megan West, born in New York, started playing drums at the age of twelve.  After graduating high school she attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  She played with various bands in and around the Boston area, and in 1975 she put her first big band together.  The band played on Cape Cod and the Boston area for about three years, recording its first record in 1978.  Remember records?

Megan moved to Los Angeles and put together another top flight band.  She also played in the New Glenn Miller Orchestra, the new Harry James Band, Sammy Kaye ( a band that swayed, but did little swinging) and has backed up various artists, too numerous to mention.

In 2000, after a ten year voluntary retirement from the music scene, she put together her current big band.  This band features young talented musicians from the greater Los Angeles area.  In April this band recorded its first CD.  The album was recorded live, in front of a small group of invited guests and the entire session was completed in three hours!

Just listed to the soft strains of the band's adopted theme of "Snowfall".  Listen to the excitement of  "Oh So Good" .  There's the unique sax voicing on the ballads.  Jump. Jitterbug and Lindy Hop to "Chicken Reel".  Marvel at the driving technique of Megan West on the drums playing "Elk's Parade" and "Sing, Sing, Sing".  Also enjoy the jazz scat-singing on the old standard, "Honeysuckle Rose".

If you like a swinging big band with brazen brass and a super driving jazz drummer( a' la Buddy Rich), you MUST have this compact disc.

The Megan West Swingin' Band is a live performance is a sight to behold, with the swinging of  horns, the waving of the derby hats (mutes), the vocals and impressions of Megan West, the enthusiasm of the young talented musicians and the unbelievable drumming of its "girl" leader.

This is the story of Megan West (the little drummer "girl") and her swingin' big band.  A swing band for the new millenium.