The Blackbyrds are one the most accomplished music bands ever from the Washington, DC area. The Blackbyrds came together more than 40 years ago as Howard University students under the tutelage of their music professor, the late great jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, who also became their manager and producer. They created a unique jazz funk sound combined with soulful harmonies that made a big impact on the music charts in the 1970s, with 10 top 40 R&B hits and several on the pop charts.
The Blackbyrds’ biggest hit recordings were "Walking In Rhythm", their Grammy nominated, million selling smash hit that received widespread airplay on several radio formats, peaking at #4 on the R&B chart and #6 on the pop chart; "Happy Music", an uplifting party anthem that was their biggest R&B hit at #3 and also #19 on the pop chart; and "Rock Creek Park", their most beloved recording known by generations of music fans from its infectious jazz funk groove and famous verse “doin’ it in the park, doin’ it after dark, oh yeah…Rock Creek Park!”
The Blackbyrds’ original core members are Howard University alumni who live in the DC area including bandleader Keith Killgo on drums, Joe Hall on bass and Orville Saunders on guitar as well as Dave Robbins on keyboards. Mr. Killgo is passing on his musical legacy to the new generation as director of the music program and school band at Anacostia High School in DC.
The Blackbyrds remain popular throughout the DC area where they always look forward to performing because they are most appreciated here. Their crowd pleasing performance features all of their most popular songs plus those by their late mentor Donald Byrd, and the dance floor will be open for everybody to dance and party all night!