The North County Big Band's Story:

The North County Big Band was formed in early 2015 by The Sheldon and Harvey Lockhart, Band Director of Riverview Gardens High School when Mr. Lockhart envisioned creating a jazz big band to serve and support talented high school musicians under stress after the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri.

This collaborative band is made up of some of the most talented and dedicated students from several St. Louis area high schools, including Central Visual and Performing Arts, Hazelwood Central, Normandy, Riverview Gardens, and University City. Students rehearse throughout the semester on weekday evenings at The Sheldon, with coaching provided by leading educators and musicians including Lockhart, Thomas Moore of Normandy Middle School, Delano Redman of East St. Louis Senior High, and internationally-recognized jazz pianist Peter Martin.

These musicians will guide approximately 20 high school musicians that form the North County Big Band consisting of saxophones, trumpets and trombones, and a rhythm section of piano, bass and drums. 

The Sheldon is proud to be the home base for this talented group and sharing in Harvey Lockhart’s dream of giving students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of their instrument in a select, big band setting. These students would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in an ensemble at this level of performance, or get private lessons with teachers of this caliber.