SWINGIN' IT FORWARD.

Rooted in Big Band Tradition. Bursting with Originality and Fresh Talent.

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SWINGIN' IT FORWARD.

Rooted in Big Band Tradition. Bursting with Originality and Fresh Talent.

Happenings in DIVA

What's new with DIVA? You're looking at it: our new website! Designed by our lead tenor saxophonist Janelle Reichman, perhaps one of the most exciting features of the new site is that you can purchase many of our albums right here on the website. Also, don't forget to check out the new photo gallery featuring a host of photos from DIVA's 25-year history. Drop us a line and let us know what you think.

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LEIGH PILZER Diva Spotlight

LEIGH PILZER
Diva Spotlight

Years in DIVA: 15 / Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD / Favorite Food: PIZZA

Favorite Thing to Do When Not Playing Music: Read, admire my cats, make parts look pretty in Finale or Sibelius (seriously).

Favorite DIVA Memory: One night our founder Stanley, as he often did, very kindly and generously invited the whole band to dinner at the steakhouse in the hotel. After dinner, he proposed we play a dice game called “Pig.” He taught it to us, and we sat around the table playing, shouting, and laughing until the restaurant closed, at which point we moved out to the lobby and continued playing. (I’m pretty sure I remember the manager coming over to ask us to keep it down, but I’m not sure we paid him much mind!) We had so much fun, and to me, it highlights something I love about being in DIVA—that it’s about more than just playing the gig. It’s also about friendship and camaraderie and laughter and joy.

Tip for Young Musicians: Don’t back down from a challenge because you think you might not be up to it. Do your best, and if it doesn’t work out exactly as you want, then you know what to work on. But have faith in yourself and go for it. You’ll never know what you can do until you try.