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The Ted Knight Orchestra comes in two sizes - seven to ten pieces with four horns, or as a true big band with full horn sections and sixteen to twenty pieces.

Ted plays piano or keyboard and sings, and additional vocalists are also available.

Like all Knight Music bands, the music is played on real instruments in real time, with no backing tracks. The mix starts with big bands, jazz and standards, but can include as much pop and rock as needed. See the Song List

trumpet and saxThe World's Smallest Big Band

A version of the orchestra called The World's Smallest Big Band is also available. This group has four to six pieces and plays the same repertoire as the larger bands. The full lineup includes trumpet, sax, keyboard, bass, guitar and drums.

Compact and affordable, this is Ted's most popular wedding band. Clients may book this group but reserve the option to add two more horns should budget and space allow.


The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
String of Pearls - Glenn Miller
Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman
Rock and Roll Music - Chuck Berry
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - Louis Jordan
Things Ain't They Used to Be - Duke Ellington (video)

Ted's bands are self-contained, bringing a compact yet powerful sound system suitable for 300 people or more. Ted stays in control of the volume, knowing when to keep it mellow and when to let 'er rip. He doubles as a DJ and plays his iPod mixes on band breaks, either as background or at full volume for dancing, at no extra charge.

A young couple from Toronto wanted the real deal when they planned a destination wedding at Walt Disney World. They persuaded Disney to let them bring in Ted's 16-piece big band for their reception at Disney's Atlantic Dance Hall, pictured above. Click images to enlarge. 

big band dance in TampaAt left, Ted's eight-piece orchestra played the annual gala for Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa. The band started with big band numbers like Glenn Miller's String of Pearls, moving quickly to party classics of the 50s, 60s and 70s to keep the dance floor happening..The Ted Knight Quartet played jazz for the cocktail hour with keyboard, bass, guitar and drums.

The theme of the gala was Havana Night, so Ted added Brazil, Copacabana, Mambo Jambo, and Oye Como Va to the mix.