Big Band Blagoevgrad was founded in 1993 on the basis of the existing City Brass Band at the suggestion of its director Boris Yanev. His rich repertoire includes swing styles, blues, pop, rock, jazz, funk, latino, ballads, hoods and more. Permanent standing soloists of the Big Bend are Hristina Paleva, Mariana Kostova, Anelia Nikova, Rusina Katarzhieva, Aleksandrina Alexandrova, Milan Georgiev and world famous trumpeter Ventzislav Blagoev - a native of Blagoevgrad. The concerts of Big Band Blagoevgrad include many guest soloists such as: Vasil Petrov, Stefka Onikyan, Kamelia Todorova, Margarita Hranova, Lyudmil Georgiev, Hilda Kazasyan, Rumyana Kotzeva, Petar Salchev, Mary Taneva, Petko Manchev, Angel Zabersky - son, Vladimir Karparov, Venko Zahariev, Mihail Yosifov and others. In 2009, Special guest of Big Bend was the famous American jazz and gospel singer - Janice Harrington. One of his soloists is Lachezar Katsarsky. He is young, talented, and ambitious and has been participating in the festival since the very beginning. He have studied pop and jazz singing at the National humanitarian High School "St. Cyril and Methodius" in Blagoevgrad. He also plays piano and harmonica, he stands out with a captivating voice and enviable vocal technique.

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