Big Band is a DLC character for Skullgirls Encore. Because Lab Zero Games reached their requested donations for Big Band, he was a free DLC character for all to acquire for a limited amount of time (the first 3 months after his release), but since has been added to the store for purchase.
Big Band started development when the fundraising reached $375,000. The fundraising managed to raise over $400,000, so he was able to have his own stage and Story Mode.
Big Band was the first male playable character added into Skullgirls.
In the background of Anti-Skullgirl Lab 8 Stage, Big Band can be seen watching the players fight. However, if either or both players select Big Band he will not be present in the stage background.
Big Band (JP: ビッグバンド), also known as Ben Birdland, was once a policeman in New Meridian, before being turned into a cybernetic weapon by Dr. Avian of Lab 8.