The SLO Coast Journal - June 2013

Under the energetic direction of Dr. Warren Balfour, The Royal Garden Swing Orchestra (RGSO) has been performing their upbeat big band sound from the swing-era and beyond since 1985 when they first played at the Santa Ynez Winery [now Kalyra Winery]. 

All are professional musicians with many storied early training and experiences. Besides directing RGSO, Warren plays trumpet and flugelhorn. (see full story on the LINKS page)

                                                                                                                                Dawn Starr

 Friends of Hearst Castle Elegant Evening - September 2012

Thanks, Warren for providing such a great accompaniment to "OVER THE RAINBOW "" Your guitar player was excellent !!

                                                                                                                          Rufus Wainwright

Friends of Hearst Castle Elegant Evening - September 2012

Your Band was Excellent !! Brings back great memories !!

                                                                                                 Bloomingdale Family

New Times Newspaper-December 5, 2008

"There's another killer new CD release afoot this week in a wholly different vein of music. Royal Garden Swing Orchestra is releasing Best Foot Forward, a new 15-track collection of mostly instrumental jazz swing performed by the area's best jazz musicians."

"This is an orchestra that harkens back to a bygone era, when musicians wore tuxedos and had an air of elegance about them."

                                                                                            Glen Starkey, New Times

New Times Newspaper

"These guys are true professionals who really understand group synergy."                                                                          Glen Starkey, New Times

Jane Russell's 80th Birthday Party

"It was wonderful having you play at my party."                      Jane Russell 

"Let's go on the road! I really enjoy singing with your band."
                                                                    Connie Haines (Dorsey-Sinatra-Goodman)

"A great surprise for Jane's birthday! You made this event happen!"
                                                         Johnny Grant (Honorary Mayor, Hollywood, CA)

"This band plays its ass off! I'd love to take you on my next cruise ship performance."                                                                                     Beryl Davis

Williams-Kuslits Wedding

"Man, I haven't had this much fun in years!"          
  Harry Smith (CBS News)

"You are better than any group we have heard or danced to in L.A.--it exceeded our expectation!"
   Paul and Kathy Kuslits (bride and groom)

Anonymous Note

"Excellent Band!!!"                        Found on the band's equipment truck windshield