Panther Jazz

Panther Jazz is a flexible ensemble ranging from two to nine players. Specific choices may include trumpet, saxophone, trombone, piano, bass, drums, and guitar. Flute and vocals are also available. Instrumentation can be adjusted to your artistic taste and budget. We can now provide high quality music for a limited space and budget with Ken Hicks on trumpet/vocal and Chuck on trombone. We have excellent recorded rhythm section backgrounds covering all styles. Our most recent appearances have included The Tanglefoot Ballroom Dance, The Ginger Man in Southlake and Fort Worth, Sugar Ridge Winery in Sanger, Metro Ballroom Dance, Broadway Plaza City View, and Delaney Vineyards in Grapevine.

Panther Jazz performs music in swing, Latin, rock, ballad, and Dixieland styles. Our music includes compositions by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, George Gershwin, Count Basie, Antonio Jobim, and many others. We are available for educational concerts and can also provide music for Jazz Vespers services.

The main goal of this ensemble is to promote live jazz in the North Texas area. We play music in all styles for any occasion. The name of the band has been changed to Panther Band for ballroom and Senior Center dances. We have an excellent offering of music that is appropriate for ballroom dancing. We are continuing to expand these appearances as well. For details about hiring the group, please contact Chuck Compher at We prefer to use the full ensemble, but it is possible to limit (or supplement) the instrumentation as necessary. Chuck Compher is also the leader of the Jazz Monsters 20 Piece Big Band. For more information, please refer to Jazz Monsters

The Panther's Schedule

Hurst Senior Center
Thursday, January 26, 2017
7:00 – 9:30 pm

700 Heritage Cir
Hurst, TX 76053

Tanglefoot Ballroom Dance at National Hall
Friday, February 10, 2017
8:00 – 11:00 pm

3316 Robert’s Cut Off Road
Fort Worth, TX 76114

Brookdale Senior Center
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 pm

7520 A Glenview Drive
Richland Hills, TX 76180

Tanglefoot Ballroom Dance at National Hall
Friday, May 12, 2017
8:00 – 11:00 pm

3316 Robert’s Cut Off Road
Fort Worth, TX 76114

More dates coming soon!

Panther Jazz Members

Chuck Compher Leader - Trombone
Ken Hicks Trumpet/Vocals
Wayne Adamiec Flute/Trumpet
Gary Strother Saxophone
Jim Sharples Bass
Chris White Bass
Mike Garvey Piano
Randy Hayes Piano/Bass
Jim McKay Guitar

What the people say

Ken Sapp, VP Northeast Richland Lions Club
Panther Jazz played for our Northeast Richland Lions Club Luncheon and we were delighted with the experience.
The musicians are all quite talented adults and the musical selection varied. Our group was delighted to have the and we plan to have the again at future events.

Alexis Groesh, Director of Member Services & Communication
...wanted to thank you for playing here at Colonial. We received great reviews from the members and will certainly look to have you all back in teh future.

Jay Lesok
"We hit a home run!"

Jessica Kennedy, Public Programs Director, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Thank you so much for playing during Art in the Dark - it was great! Our visitors had a great time listening to your tunes! Your music made for a fun and lively evening at the museum.

Allison Wright, Marketing and Projects Manager, Downtown Fort Worth Inc. The Panther Jazz Band was a great addition for our event in Burnett Park. They were very lively and brought great energy. They were organized, professional, and most importantly - fun! We will definitely have them back to play again soon!


If you would like to have the Panther Jazz perform at your next event, please email Chuck.


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