band·​lead·​er | \ ˈband-ˌlē-dər How to pronounce bandleader (audio) \

Definition of bandleader

: the conductor of a band (such as a dance band)

Examples of bandleader in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And on Monday morning the bandleader, after having vowed to do so, took a drug test that has resulted negative, according to the EBU. NBC News, 23 May 2021 For the week of May 24, model Ashley Graham and The Late Show's bandleader Jon Batiste will divide co-hosting duties during the 8 a.m. timeslot. Dory Jackson,, 12 May 2021 Nine Inch Nails was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year, more than 30 years after bandleader Trent Reznor first founded the group in Cleveland. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 14 May 2021 That contrast is underlined by the fact that both the Cowboys and Van the Man have new albums arriving Friday — a pure coincidence, B.C. bandleader Terry Walsh insists. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 As a saxophonist, composer and bandleader, Allen Lowe has recorded albums of impressive scope and ambition with musicians who span generations and communities. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2021 The film centers on transmasculine jazz musician and bandleader Billy Tipton, who was assigned female at birth. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2021 Twin Cities music fans already know that Severinsen is more than Johnny Carson's former bandleader, thanks to his fruitful relationship with the Minnesota Orchestra. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 His father was a musician and bandleader under the name Buddy Williams. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bandleader

1869, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jun 2021

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“Bandleader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bandleader

: a person who leads a band of musicians especially : the leader of a band that plays jazz or dance music

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