1976/1977 band: John Garvey (leader), Herminio Dîaz (as/ss/fl), Larry Gianneschi (as/fl), Karel Lidral (ts/ss/fl), Brian Sanders (ts/clar/fl), Bill Overton (bari); Mark Curry (tp), Bob Allison (tp/flug), Eric Hansen (tp), Paul Busija (tp/flug), Dave Krikorian (tp); Al Arnold (tb), Frank Guallieri (tb), Jeff Lindberg (tb), Jeff Jensen (btb); Don Crevin (fh), Bob Cizek (fh), Steve Ross (tuba), Dave Onderdonk (g), Cornelia Brand (p), Jim Cox (b), Joel Spencer (dr), Kristen Shiner (perc).
On November 23, 1976, the band performed a concert. A recording of this concert is held at the Sousa Archives (box 105, reels 4-5).
On February 21, 1977, the band shared a concert with the second jazz band. A recording of this concert is held at the Sousa Archives (box 252, reels 4-5). The program included "Spring Is Here", "Déjà Vu" (Tom Fredrickson), "Summertime" (probably "Other Summers", Jim Knapp), and "Lilac".
On April 7, 1977, the band held a split concert with Jazz Band II. A recording of this concert is held at the Sousa Archives (box 106, reels 10-11).
From May 12-14, 1977, the band recorded material for the album The Big, Wide World of Jazz (aka The World of Jazz). (Additional details on this recording may be found in "The Albums" section.)