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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. The term is most commonly used with a group that plays either a popular music dance band or a big band, such as one which plays swing music.

Most bandleaders also were performers with their own band. The bandleader role was dependent on a variety of skills, not just musicianship. A bandleader needed to be a music director, promoter, and performer. In general the bands were named after their bandleaders. Some bands have continued operating under their bandleaders' names long after the death of the original bandleader.


Noted American bandleaders and their instruments have included:

British bandleaders have included:

Italian bandleaders have included:

Dutch bandleaders have include:

German bandleaders have included:

French bandleaders have included:

Belgian bandleaders have included:

Argentine bandleaders have included:

Japanese bandleaders have included:

Australian bandleaders have included:

See also

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