The CJO is led by world-renowned band leader and trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, former lead trumpeter for the Count Basie Orchestra.

Under Stripling’s leadership, the CJO presents over 20 subscription concerts each season in Columbus, Ohio at the historic Southern Theatre.

By incorporating contemporary arrangements into its repertoire and commissioning new arrangements and masterworks for jazz orchestra, the CJO promotes the future of big band jazz and cultivates the dynamic, adventurous spirit that has kept audiences coming back again and again.

The CJO has toured Europe and has collaborated with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet Columbus, the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, the Harmony Project, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Opera Columbus and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Byron Stripling | Director

Robert Breithaupt | Drums

Bobby Floyd | Piano & Organ

Andy Woodson | Bass

Matt Anklan | Trumpet

Jim Powell | Trumpet

Dwight Adams | Trumpet

Byron Rooker | Saxophone

Chad Eby | Saxophone

Michael Cox | Saxophone

Pete Mills | Saxophone

Linda Landis | Trombone

Ryan Hamilton | Trombone

Jim Masters | Trombone

Pat Lewis | Bass Trombone