The NOSTALGICS, Lancaster's 18-Piece Big Band
  Bringing the best music of the past forward for your dancing and listening pleasure
 Welcome to the home of the swingin' Nostalgics, Lancaster Ohio's popular 18-piece big show band.
Under the musical direction of Dr. Charles Hildreth, the Nostalgics warm your heart with renditions of your favorites from the American Songbook and excite you with the unforgettable songs of the "big band" swing era, including those recorded by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Les Brown, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Count Basie and others. The band plays for events at various community venues throughout Lancaster and Fairfield County. Look here for upcoming concerts, dances, weddings and special events. See calendar for dates and times.
For additional information: 740-304-1001 or 
For booking information contact band manager, Nick DelMatto: 740-385-8036
Thanks to the Fairfield County Foundation and Edward Jones Investments for their support in 2022
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   The Nostalgics, Lancaster Ohio’s 18-piece jazz orchestra and dance band, was formed more than 30 years ago as an offshoot of the Olivedale Senior Center Concert band, now known as the Lancaster Community Band. The Nostalgics Big Band is now an independent, self-governing, voluntary, non-profit organization. In addition to the band’s popular dance nights at Olivedale, the band plays at area dance halls for those who like to dance to the ballads and rhythms of live music. Proud to be a unique community resource, this swinging musical ensemble has performed at many Lancaster and Fairfield County venues, including the Downtown Bandstand Summer Series, the renowned Lancaster Festival, Lancaster Country Club, the Lodge in Lancaster, the Eagles, Elks, and Moose Lodges, retirement homes, weddings, fundraisers and the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club.
   The Nostalgics band features musical arrangements from the Big Band Swing Era, including hits recorded by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Les Brown, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others. Also included in the band’s repertoire are well-known pop, rock, blues, Broadway, and movie songs.
   The band’s musicians include among its sections school music program educators, professional musicians, community leaders and former U.S. Military musicians. In aggregate, these musicians bring more than 600 years playing experience to this swinging ensemble. Section by section the current members are:
Charles Hildreth, Lead  Alto and Music Director
Leo Hall, Lead Tenor
Marcia Gibbons, Co-Lead Alto and Tenor
Joy Norris, 2nd Alto
Laura Gossels, 2nd Tenor
Nick DelMatto, Baritone Sax
Steve Cox, 1st Trombone
Mark Wren, 2nd Trombone
Russel Montgomery, Harry Lee, 3rd Trombone 
Brad Laver, Bass Trombone


Tom Young, 1st Trumpet
Larry Fox, 1st Trumpet
Jeff Cumberland, 2nd Trumpet
Jerry Primmer, 3rd Trumpet
Wylie Evans, 4th Trumpet
Julie Heetland, Trumpet

Rhythm Section

Mike Hammond, Rick Maynard, Piano/Keyboards
Dave Harmon, Bass
Kent Robbins, Guitar
Dave Horsky, Dave Haney, Drums
 Visit this site often for new recordings by the Nostalgics. For events and booking information contact Band Manager, Nick DelMatto (740-385-8036) or Music Director, Charles Hildreth (740-304-1001). We are available for 1-3 hour concerts, dances, birthday and wedding parties and receptions, and community festivals and events. Best of all, we are affordable!
To understand our heart and soul click here to view this video:  Swing Dance Video .
Charles Hildreth
Music Director