The Ray Birely Big Band

The  Ray Birely Big Band, under the direction of Rocky Birely, serving  Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Mid-Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania for  five decades.

One  of the very best Big Bands for ballroom dancing, the 19 piece Ray  Birely Big Band features 17 excellent musicians and 2 superb vocalists  specializing in the timeless music of the 30's and 40's.

Most of our shows are sell-outs. The Ray Birely Big Band today is still the most sought after big-band in the area. A five minute demo CD and brochure of The Big Band are available upon request. You can also view the band on by typing in (one word) theraybirelybigband. Check out our latest video from Christmas!

The  Ray Birely Big Band offers a great variety of music for galas, dinner  dances, wedding receptions, concerts, private parties, etc.

Careful  attention is given to playing correct tempos for ballroom dancing.  Ballroom dancers love the flow of the music which includes an excellent  mix of swing, ballads, waltzes, latin and polkas.

If  you desire soft music for cocktails or dinner, prior to or during the  early part of your event, our pianist is available as well as our rhythm  section (piano, bass, drums and guitar). 

We welcome all inquiries.We also offer a small combo and a society style tenor band (see Q & A for more info.) 

Music Designed, With Dancing in Mind


The Ray Birely Big Band has performed for numerous weddings, social clubs, country clubs, colleges, alumni organizations and corporate parties. The orchestra is a regular feature at Pen Mar Park and has performed at numerous area functions, some of which follow.

Pen Mar Park Summer Concert Series, 2008

Alzheimers Association Gala, 2008

30th Anniversary Gala/Dinner Dance, 2008

1940's Hanger Dance, Hagerstown Regional Airport Terminal
Pen Mar Park 2007 Summer Concert Series
Hagerstown Lioness Club- Washington County Airport
Hagerstown Junior College 50th Anniversary
Big Band Society of Washington D.C.
100th Anniversaries of Hagerstown and Frederick Elks Clubs
Charity Ball of Frederick Elks Club
Lafayette Ball for Frederick County, Md., 250th Anniversary Celebration
Miss Maryland Accompaniment - Halfway Park Days
Baker Park Summer Concert Series, Frederick, Maryland
Waynesboro, PA. Summer Concert Series
Frederick Memorial Hospital's Snowball
Mardi Gras for Frederick Women's Civic Club
Historical Society of Frederick County Ball
Alzheimer's Association, Western MD. Chapter, Forget Me Not Galas
Frederick Cotillion Club at Holly Hills Country Club
Town of Thurmont - 250th Anniversary Gala

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To inquire about entertainment for your next event, simply click the button below and then submit

Please include the following information in your message:

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In which band are you interested?

1. Ray Birely Big Band 2.Rocky Birely Combo 3. Rocky Birely Tenor Band 4. Any combination of the above  

The Ray Birely Big Band

(301) 471-3105

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