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Goodbye and Thank You!!!

The following may be referred to as the Moonlight Jazz Swan song−Or is it Swing song? . . . Either way, it is with heavy hearts and much contemplation that we announce the official retirement of Rockford’s very own big band; the original, often imitated but never duplicated, Moonlight Jazz Orchestra. After 42 years and thousands of performances in the Stateline area, we've decided to end this wild ride on a high note.

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We are giving away our "Live at Twenty-Five" album to celebrate our 40th anniversary.


Rockford's favorite wedding band

Since 1974, the 18-Piece Moonlight Jazz Orchestra has been a favorite at wedding receptions, festivals, concerts and private events throughout the stateline area. Based in Rockford, Illinois, the band also performs regularly in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison.


Why choose us?

Experience counts

The Moonlight Jazz Orchestra has been performing throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin since 1974. Over the past 40 years we've played hundreds of wedding receptions, fundraisers, parties and other special events. Our experience has helped us develop a show that combines the area's best talent with great music and a professional quality that you can trust. Now in our fifth generation and under the direction of Kent Ecklor, we're proud to continue the tradition of bringing great live music and quality entertainment to new audiences throughout the stateline area!

Music for every party

With over 500 song selections, we have something for everyone -  from great big band swing to your favorite rock-n-roll party hits!  We've even been known to play a polka or two.  Click Here to check out our extensive playlist .   Looking for a special song?  Let us know!  We have many more titles  in our offline library and with advance notice, we're happy to accommodate any custom requests you may have.   Covering everything from Count Basie to  James Brown, we provide music for all tastes .  You can't go wrong with live entertainment from the Moonlight Jazz Orchestra!

Always the life of the party

We're well known as a band that likes to have fun and we've worked hard to maintain that reputation!   Quite different from the typical cover band or DJ,  your guests will love the stage antics and humor we bring to every show!  From limbo lines to table dancing , we'll bring the party to you and keep your guests smiling all night long.

A touch of class

The Moonlight Jazz Orchestra adds a level of style and sophistication that is second to none.   Don't settle for an average cover band or DJ… impress your guests with an incredible evening of entertainment that only a big band can provide. Your special event deserves a special band. Make it a night to remember with live music from the Moonlight Jazz Orchestra!