Littlest Big Band, the husband and wife musical duo of Bob Farley and Lynn Perdzock, performs more than 200 shows a year, focusing on the songs from the American Standards. Call Lynn today at 937-245-9165 to book your favorite dates!
Littlest Big Band engages, entertains, educates
Littlest Big Band specializes in the music of the American Standards, tunes that were made household favorites by singers like Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Dean Martin, and Ella Fitzgerald, all rearranged for guitars, mandolin and vocals.
"[Littlest Big Band] music is just what residents love to hear."
--Melody, Resident Programs Coordinator, Sterling House Fort Myers, FL
Bob and Lynn play their instruments live, which gives their shows an extra sense of intimacy and excitement. And when the performance is over, they enjoy spending a little time visiting with residents. Most shows run 55 to 60 minutes, but can be as short as 30 minutes to as long as three hours.
Oft-heard comments from residents
'This is our music.'
'We knew the words, we sang every song.'
'You're the best act we've seen.'
'Your voices blend so well together.'
'When can you come back?'
'Your volume was perfect, so enjoyable'
Pricing for nursing homes and assisted/independent/memory care communities averages $125 to $150 an hour, depending on the length of the show and travel time, and is always negotiable. Reduced fees are offered to facilities able to book multiple shows through the year, or who can book two or more shows at different locations in the same community on the same day. Bob performs a solo show of the same great music for a reduced fee.
"Bob Farley engages my residents with his array of songs from various time periods and genres. They leave his performances with smiles and requests to have him back soon."
--Linda Shaver, Life Enrichment Director,
The Woodlands of Middletown
Residents enjoy the different themes of Littlest Big Band shows. Adding historical and interesting facts relating to the songs and times further engages listeners, helps to elicit memories, and elucidates different aspects of the songs.
The Route 66 Show
As its name indicates, this show focuses on Route 66, from its beginning as a collection of military trails of the 1850s, to its official designation in 1925, to its decommissioning in 1985. A lot of things happened during those years and a lot of songs were sung. It's a story that touches almost everyone.
Songs on the Big Screen
Songs often help tell the stories in movies, and many of the standards, with their rich lyrics and timeless melodies, continue to be used to do that. Sometimes the part they play is major, such as "As Time Goes By" providing the leit motif in Casablanca. Other times, it's as simple as background music or "lift" music, also known as elevator music. One of the favorites for this purpose has been "The Girl from Ipanema" in many movies including 1968's "The Thomas Crown Affair."
Places and how to get to them are the meat of this show, from walking to bicycling to cars, trains, planes, and boats, the cities and countries and even planets available to travel to...well, someday.
The Splendor of Love
Most songs are about some aspect of love, so it's an easy matter to develop a setlist of love songs for Valentine's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, Grandparent's Day...you get the idea. Lynn and Bob like to feature them the whole month of February.
By the Numbers (or the Letters)
Going through the songs by date or by the alphabet is an interesting way to show off the tunes and the decades they were written and performed.
Christmas, Holidays, Patriotic
The Christmas season is a special time when carols, hymns, and other standards of the season highlight gatherings of friends and families. The patriotic observances, and certain other holidays (St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving) also have a few songs that help to connect with them.
Some Littlest Big Band Songs
Accentuate the Positive
Ain't She Sweet
Ain't That a Kick in the Head
All Shook Up
Almost Like Being in Love
As Time Goes By
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Everybody Loves Somebody
Five Foot Two
Fly Me to the Moon
The Girl from Ipanema
Hey Hey Good Lookin'
It Don't Mean a Thing (if It Ain't Got That Swing)
I've Got the World on a String
I've Got You Under My Skin
It Had To Be You
My Kind of Town
Que Sera Sera
Side by Side
Sunny Side of the Street
That's All Right, Mama
Walking After Midnight
The Way You Look Tonight
"The residents really enjoyed it and I hope you visit us again."
--Erica, Social Director, Atria Senior Living Albuquerque, NM
If you are an activities director who needs an informative, entertaining and professional performance of American Standards music, Littlest Big Band wants to play for you. Call 937-245-9165 or email LittlestBB@gmail.com to schedule a performance.
Littlest Big Band is an established vendor for Arrow, Atria, Bickford, Brookdale, Capital, Eclipse, Enlivant, Five Star, Holiday Touch, Kisco, National Church Residences, Otterbein, Pegasus, Senior Lifestyle, Sunrise, Trilogy, United Church Homes.