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Performance History

Founded in 2005, the BALLYHOO FOXTROT ORCHESTRA is a vintage ensemble dedicated to recreating the jazz and popular music of the 1910s and 1920s.  The eight-piece ensemble employs an instrumentation that enables the group to perform a wide variety of musical genres from the period, including foxtrots, Dixieland jazz, blues, novelty songs, waltzes, tangos, cabaret, patriotic songs, and light classical music. So whether the occasion calls for the Art Deco elegance of the Great Gatsby or the zany exuberance of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the BALLYHOO FOXTROT ORCHESTRA can supply just the right music.


In 2007, the BALLYHOO FOXTROT ORCHESTRA was added to the Iowa Arts Council's Performing Artist Roster.

In 2008, the BFO recorded its first CD, titled "I'm Gonna Jazz My Way." The CD features nineteen songs that trace the life story of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

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