Amanda Balltrip with The Somerset Big Band
Distinguished by a harmonious fusion of talent from the local musical landscape, The Somerset Big Band stands as a testament to musical brilliance. This ensemble, comprised of exceptionally skilled musicians, transforms notes into an exquisite tapestry of sound that captivates audiences of all ages.
Renowned for their rich and dynamic compositions, The Somerset Big Band introduces a fresh musical style that transcends conventional boundaries, creating an immersive experience for the entire family. Their performances are not merely concerts, but captivating journeys through a melodic landscape, leaving an indelible mark on every listener.
Having graced the stage at the prestigious Greene Briar in West Virginia, The Somerset Big Band showcased not only their musical prowess but also their ability to elevate any venue to a realm of sonic splendor. Their commanding presence and unwavering commitment to excellence have earned them a well-deserved place among the musical elite.
A defining moment in their illustrious career came when they collaborated with the acclaimed Christian Contemporary and Jazz Artist, Steven Marjerison, for the premiere release of his album Wishing on a Dream. The seamless synergy between Marjerison’s artistry and The Somerset Big Band’s instrumental finesse resulted in a groundbreaking fusion of genres, captivating audiences and earning accolades from music enthusiasts and critics alike both locally and in Nashville.
The Somerset Big Band, with its commitment to musical innovation and a dedication to enchanting audiences, is not just a band; it is a living symphony of excellence, deserving of the highest musical honors.
Amanda Balltrip is a voice instructor located in downtown Somerset. Her formal training from the University of Kentucky Opera Theater led her to sing at such places as Lincoln Center in New York, the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland, and Bogotá, Colombia. Her focus is now on her students and bringing music to the youth of Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District.
She teaches locally at Balltrip Voice Studio, as an adjunct at University of the Cumberlands, and for Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts. Amanda is the founder of the Academy of Allied Musicians, a new non-profit based in the Cumberland region that ensures that passion and desire for the musical arts is nurtured and realized in young minds regardless of socioeconomic barriers.