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Big Island Groove Band

     The Big Island Groove Band is an energetic and versatile cover band that performs the latest hits to get you swaying in the tropical breezes, smiling from ear-to-ear and just having a groovy time in Hawaii! BIGB has a three-lead singer vocal force: American Idol Doll Amanda Avila, Big Island Heartthrob Josh Timmons and Romantic Crooner Jesse Snyder transport you into a universe of dance and music fun!

     Big Island Groove Band’s style is aggressive and always dynamic with powerful horns, richly colored basslines and a strong groove that gets you dancing in your seat or on the floor! Their youthful vibe is backed by true talent and experience giving you lifelong memories of enjoyment at your event.

   The 7-piece band also provides a full background of voices from keyboardist David Miller, bassist Yumbel Marassi, guitarist Ben Yahraus and drummer Stephen Kemp.

     The BIGB Vocal Force also delights in 4 pieces with additional tracks.

The voices are:

Amanda Avila is a vibrant and versatile vocalist and actress. Her vocal style is an eclectic mix of pop, rock, country and soul. She has appeared in numerous commercials, on stage, in major sporting, national political campaign events and shows in Las Vegas including: Selena Forever; the Sirens of TI at Treasure Island; Dancing Queen; Broadway Celebration; Terry Bradshaw’s “America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde a Life in 4 Quarters”; and Fantasy. 

     As a contestant for American Idol Season 4, Amanda advanced to the Top 12 which led to being an entertainment correspondent for E news and Fox’s Realty Remix. 

     She currently lives on the big island of Hawaii, is a featured vocalist for the Big Island Groove Band and performs occasionally at local restaurants and clubs. Visit and like Amanda on FB at Amanda Avila Hawaii.


Josh Timmons is a gifted vocalist, trumpet player, educator and vocal director. Born and raised on the big island of Hawaii, he attended Hilo High School and got his BA in Performing Arts with a music concentration at the University of Hawaii Hilo. In 2018, he received a Na Hoku Hanohano Award with Kahulanui as part of the celebrated horn section.  Josh is an adaptable musician that has been a part of many local productions and performances including the UH Production of Rent which he played the lead role and vocal directed the show. He currently plays with multiple Hawaii-based bands including Hoku award-winning reggae band Ho’aikane and is the musical director for the Big Island Groove Band. Visit Josh on Facebook at Joshua Timmons.


Jesse Snyder is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, vocalist, Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee and recipient. He plays tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet, flute, drums, has a smooth baritone singing voice and is one of the most requested musicians in Hawai'i for both live performances and recording sessions. He received a Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawaiian Grammy) for Jazz Album of the Year while performing with Hawaiian swing band, Kahulanui.

Jesse transcends multi- genres including jazz, R&B, neo-soul, reggae, rock, and contemporary jazz lending a fresh energy to every performance.

He currently performs Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Manta MKBH.

Bookings: Go to Contact Page or email

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