Meet the team - Artistic Director

Artistic Director

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013

William Sauerland Artistic Director   Our Artistic Director, William Sauerland, maintains a busy schedule of teaching, singing, and conducting. He is currently the Director of...

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Meet the Team - Pianist

Principal Accompanist

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017

Lynden Bair Lynden is a pianist, singer, and actor who has worked for a variety of organizations, schools, and theater companies around the Bay Area. Originally from Utah, he...

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Meet the Team - Board

Board of Directors

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017

Gratitude through Community Service The all-volunteer board of directors is proud to support the Oakland East Bay Gay Mens Chorus.  Our board comprised of singers, friends of the...

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Blog

Summer Concert 2017 Tickets

Posted by on May 30, 2017

Come Swing with Us The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is proud to partner with City Swing to bring you Come Swing with Us – a night of lively music and dancing!...

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Meet Bradley Connlain, our Guest Conductor for our Summer Concert!


Since 1984, City Swing, an 18-piece big band, has dazzled audiences and dancers by bringing to life the sounds of big band jazz. Conducted by featured trumpet soloist Bradley Connlain, City Swing has cherry picked the best charts from the books of swing era greats like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Glen Miller.

In 1986, the band was honored to be declared the City of San Francisco’s “Goodwill Ambassadors” to the ‘86 World Expo in Vancouver, B.C., by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In 1988, City Swing performed at City Hall for the Mayor’s Inaugural Ball, and in 2000, City Swing was flown to Palm Springs as the centerpiece of a gala benefit for the AIDS Assistance Program. In 2001, City Swing performed on the top deck of the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, providing WWII-era music for this National Liberty Ship Memorial on its annual Fleet Week cruise on the Bay. In 2005, City Swing performed as the house band for the Imperial Court of San Francisco’s 40th Anniversary Ball at the Gift Center Pavilion.

City Swing starts a new chapter in 2007 with jazz singer Joyce Grant. The great-great-niece of famed ragtime composer Scott Joplin, Grant has been singing jazz in Bay Area venues like the Plush Room and the Donatello Hotel for 20 years. A mezzo-soprano with a voice like dark honey, Grant has a performance resume includes a wide range of venues including the Empire Plush Room and the Donatello Hotel (9 years) in San Francisco, the Ledson Hotel in Sonoma, Cetrella in Half Moon Bay, the Liberty Hotel in Pittsburg, Slates in Walnut Creek, Joe’s of Lafayette, the Woodminster Amphitheater, and the Zingari Ristorante (5 years) in San Francisco. 

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Also with Guest Artist, Leanne Borhesi

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