During the summer of 1995, trumpeter Bob Archer put out the word that he would be forming a new Big Band in Tulsa.  This would be no ordinary Big Band. It would made up of musicians who profess faith in Jesus Christ and also love playing Big Band music.

The group quickly worked up a repertoire of Gospel and patriotic tunes and began an extraordinary journey that has taken them to nearly 500 concerts throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico, New Jersey and New York.

Truly and amazing group of performers, the Tulsa Praise Orchestra is equally at home playing in a community church or in a major concert hall. “We love it when the audience is tapping their feet and clapping their hands to a song like “God Bless the USA”, says Archer.

Today, the orchestra is staffed by professional level musicians who reside throughout Oklahoma from Tulsa to Oklahoma City.

“The dedication of our players is unsurpassed” claims Archer, “some of these folks joined in on our very first concert  20 years ago. I am completely humbled by that”.

Our Founder / Manager

Bob Archer

Founder & General Manager

Although the group performs mostly in churches throughout the region, the Tulsa Praise Orchestra has been at the forefront of numerous high-profile events over the years. A number of performances in Branson, Missouri at Silver Dollar City and at the Grande Palace, the historic Coleman Theatre in Miami,  Live TV broadcast on “God Answers Prayer” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, performance with famed Evangelist Phil Driscol, performance for US Senator Jim Inhofe and Vice President Dick Cheney, featured orchestra at the recent 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in New York City, numerous concerts with national recording artists Dave Boyer and Ernestine Dillard and many more. Recently, we performed several events with US Congress Jim Bridenstine and a 2014 event with US Senate Candidate TW Shannon, Governor Sarah Palin, Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Mike Lee.

In 2011, the organization formed a new choir for the Statue of Liberty Tour. The group has become so popular that they will continue to build and add to their numbers and perform with the Tulsa Praise Orchestra on a regular basis.

Stay tuned as we add new concert in communities where YOU live. Be sure and contact the Tulsa Praise Orchestra - all we need is an invitation!

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