The Ron Smolen Orchestra

For years Ron Smolen has been successfully touring and doing what he does best – making beautiful music and entertaining thousands. Throughout the Midwest, his name brings back memories of the big-band era.

Since age six, Ron has been perfecting his musical ability. Starting on the accordion, and in High School moving on to the clarinet and the saxophone, he has always been excited about performing in public.

Ron began his career playing at local weddings and soon his accordion talents were in great demand by many prestigious leaders. He was also quite busy in the polka field. But his true love of the Big Bands was always apparent and by age twenty, he already had his big band on the radio and was featured at Chicago’s famous Aragon Ballroom.

Evidently people all over the Midwest are enjoying the music of Ron Smolen because the orchestra plays many return performances and is busier than ever with a full schedule of both public and private engagements.    

History of the Ron Smolen Orc

RSO director Ron Smolen has been performing professionally since 1969 and – with signed contracts currently on file through 2008 – he will continue to direct the Ron Smolen Orchestra well into the new millennium.

The RSO ten-piece dance orchestra consists of four saxophones, two trumpets, one trombone, bass, drums, piano and vocals.

Past engagements include: private events, appearances at historic ballrooms, theatres including the Avalon Theater in Milwaukee, grand hotels, resorts, casinos, state fairs, city and county festivals, parades and big band weekend events.