Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who conducts a musical band, especially a dance band.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A musician who leads a band of musicians.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The leader of a dance band.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the leader of a dance band

Etymologies

band +‎ leader (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's to a much lesser extent that Mr. Owens, who turned 68 last month, is known as a bandleader and star in his own right.

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  • The bandleader was a malevolent jester, somewhat androgynous.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • Soul Revival Cruz Contreras until recently had been best known as bandleader

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  • Tignor is best known as the bandleader of New York’s Slow Six, for which he composed and created his signature software instruments; the group has been described as “a five-piece collective whose mesmerizing experimental music is a true classical/rock mashup” (Adequacy. net).

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  • Leno reclaims his late-night seat television at the helm of The Tonight Show began with a spoof of The Wizard of Oz. In grainy black-and-white, Jay and cast mates such as bandleader

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  • Second, if you work an environment where you regularly bounce ideas off the "bandleader," arranger or song-writer, deliberately subverting his writing is highly disrespectful.

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  • Among them were the “Harlem Hellfighters,” the musicians of the 369th Infantry Regiment, whose bandleader was James Reese Europe.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Hoping to steer rock fans toward “better” music, officers of the Socialist Unity Party heavily promoted Alo Koll, a Leipzig bandleader who played thoroughly safe music, and commissioned three dance teachers to invent a refined, respectable, civilized, “socialist” dance step, which became known as the “Lipsi.”

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  • For years I valued Roy Hargrove more as a sideman and guest star as with the Dizzy Big Band last week than as a bandleader.

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  • I often write the review of a concert that we're supposed to have seen or has happened where we've seen 25 North African Arabic musicians who have a Japanese bandleader.

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