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The Category Big Bands is a subset of Orchestras and Bands. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Big Bands which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Band's Full Record.

  

In contrast, the following Big Bands do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Alan Norris Big Band

- Ashby Big Band

- Beeston Big Band

- BJ Big Band

- Chepstow Community Big Band

- Dearne Big Band

- Jonathan Wyatt Big Band

- Midwest Big Band

- SoundForce Big Band

- South London Jazz Orchestra

- St Neots Big Band

 

! Big Bands KEY
VISITS (to Website)100
VIEWS (of this Record)347

'Performs regularly at most of the UK’s major music festivals including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Brecon and as an Associate Ensemble at Town Hall Birmingham.'

 

+ BBC Big Band
VISITS (to Website)210
VIEWS (of this Record)377

‘12 piece band which plays Swing, Latin, Jazz and Classic Pop to suit all occasions ... Providing opulence of a bygone age, whether it be a Vintage Gatsby Party, Strictly Come Dancing themed event, or 1940’s Glenn Miller event, Carlton Big Band has the music for it, and evening dress or army uniforms are worn by the band accordingly.‘

 

+ Carlton Big Band
VISITS (to Website)165
VIEWS (of this Record)305

‘The line up includes 5 sexy saxes, 3 terrific trombones, 4 trustworthy(ish) trumpets, a classy clarinet, 2 gallant guitars, 1 punchy piano, a brilliant bass and a driven drummer. As if that wasn’t enough, we even have our very own female vocalist ... Please note we don’t take commercial bookings, we know there are many professional musicians out there struggling to earn a living, and they deserve those bookings. We like to play to support community events and to help fundraising for worthy charities. When we accept an invitation we don’t charge a set fee but a realistic donation towards our travel & other expenses is essential to keep us on the road.‘

+ Craven Arms Big Band
VISITS (to Website)135
VIEWS (of this Record)273

'Manchester's leading amateur Big Band  ... with 30 musicians playing a century of popular music across the Northwest and beyond ... The Band was formed by Dave Egerton in 1983 initially as a youth band fusing Dave’s brass band background with woodwinds and was known then by the name that is still its official title – The Altrincham Concert Band ... Whether we are playing on a bandstand in the park; on stage with a Big Band night; or at a wedding; we are here to help your special occasion be filled with great music and memories. Come along and sit back while we take you down memory lane.'

 

 

+ Dave Egerton Band
VISITS (to Website)240
Also indexedAltrincham Concert Band
VIEWS (of this Record)521

‘Remember when the exciting big bands electrified audiences? ... The Denmark Street Big Band recreates the swinging jazz sounds of the Big Band era, performing compositions that span an entire century of music, including standards made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Bobby Darin and other legends of The American Song Book.’

 

+ Denmark Street Big Band
VISITS (to Website)321
VIEWS (of this Record)408

'We play a wide jazz repertoire which includes many of the popular swing standards of the interwar era, through to modern latin and funk. We have over 20 musicians including alto tenor and baritone saxophones, trumpets, trombones, rhythm and bass guitar, piano and of course drums. We are complemented by impressive vocalists.'

 

 

+ Ember Big Band
VISITS (to Website)198
VIEWS (of this Record)500

‘Featuring the talents of local musicians who will get you up and dancing to the jazz, swing, Latin American and big band sounds of the thirties right up to today ... FABB has a standard big band line-up: 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, drums and guitar. We also have two great vocalists who guest with us for special performances.’

 

+ Farnham Big Band
VISITS (to Website)108
VIEWS (of this Record)258

‘We are a friendly, welcoming band of musicians from the local area & welcome new players of all ages who enjoy swing, jazz and big band era music.‘

 

+ Fleetville Swing Band
VISITS (to Website)179
VIEWS (of this Record)277

'Formed in 1988 in conjunction with Glenn Miller Productions of New York. The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK has maintained the exact line-up on stage devised by Glenn, consisting of the leader, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and three rhythm plus a male and female vocalist.'

 

+ Glenn Miller Orchestra UK
VISITS (to Website)226
VIEWS (of this Record)315

'Formed in 2003 after various members of the Hertfordshire Concert Band were lamenting in the pub that there were no local big bands we could join to play big band music we had previously played in bands when we were younger. After some discussions we realised we had enough players to form a band, and so the Hertfordshire Big Band was born ...'

 

+ Hertfordshire Big Band
VISITS (to Website)201
VIEWS (of this Record)423

‘Formed in 2000 and currently consists of 20 regular musicians who enjoy playing big band, swing and jazz music ... The addition of a dedicated flute section offers a great versatility to the band's sound - at full pelt, the full sound of the woodwind is a perfect contrast to the strength of the brass whilst in the softer numbers, the flutes add a wonderful lyrical dimension to the sound. Count Basie used flutes in many of his pieces and this is a sound we wish to recreate.‘

 

+ Innovations Jazz Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)152
VIEWS (of this Record)207

‘The Biggest Big Band you’ll ever see! ... A friendly group of approximately 40 amateur musicians with a huge variety of ages: from GCSE students to retired! Our repertoire is heavily varied, ranging from Jazz Standards and the Big Band Era of the 20s to modern arrangements ... and includes both vocal and instrumental numbers, so there is something for everyone.’ Perform in and around Maidstone, Kent.

 

+ Invicta Jazz Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)106
VIEWS (of this Record)259

‘A versatile group of musicians under the direction of bandleader Eric Darlington. With an extensive range of performance styles, this live band is perfect for the concert stage or function room, offering a unique and unrivalled sound to suit any occasion. Typically playing as a 25-piece ensemble, The John Cleveland Band has been performing to sell-out audiences ... with timeless arrangements of Glenn Miller, ABBA, James Last and "West End Hit Musicals". Based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, the band has built a reputation both locally and further afield. There is a great sense of pride within the group and its success is due to the enthusiasm and commitment that the players bring with them.’

+ John Cleveland Band
VISITS (to Website)170
VIEWS (of this Record)407

‘Britain’s Most Popular Big Band  ... Giving performances all over the UK ... The Band can be seen up and down the country playing to packed concert halls, theatres, festivals, ballrooms and jazz clubs.’

 

+ Len Phillips Big Band
VISITS (to Website)167
VIEWS (of this Record)431

‘Based in Linton, Cambridgeshire. We love playing popular tunes for charity.  We hope you enjoy our music or come and join us.  We’d love to hear from you ... Linton Jazz was established in 1999 and has grown from strength to strength every since. We started the band with just a handful of youngsters, little suspecting that ... we would be still be going strong with around 30 regular players and quite a reputation locally. A few of our members have been there since the beginning, but our focus on including young people, a central part of our ethos, means that there is a lot of turnover as members grow up and move on to college and University. The most important ingredient of success for us has not been the quality of the playing, though we certainly do our best, but to have fun.’

 

+ Linton Jazz
VISITS (to Website)105
VIEWS (of this Record)232

‘A traditional big band line up with two vocalists. We play a wide range of authentic big band music including swing, jive, rock & roll, pop and jazz.’

 

+ Melvin Beddow Big Band
VISITS (to Website)104
VIEWS (of this Record)234

‘Big band repertoire spreads back nearly a hundred years, with so much variety of style and feel – all of it sizzling with that quintessential vibrant sound ... In addition to scorching swing numbers, we play smooth Latin, “strictly”-style dance tunes, well-known vocal numbers and classic jazz numbers. The music cascades off the stage with all the vibrancy you’d expect from a 20-piece live band ... What unites all the music is the big band format of 5 saxes, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets (who all play stratospherically high) and rhythm section.’

 

+ Monmouth Big Band
VISITS (to Website)148
VIEWS (of this Record)334

‘A 16-piece big band that was originally formed in the 1970's. NJO is Nottingham's longest-running jazz big band ... NJO's aim is to promote jazz to the widest possible audience, whilst its members gain the chance to be involved in a unique musical community of like-minded, passionate, talented musicians.‘

 

+ Nottingham Jazz Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)147
VIEWS (of this Record)275

’18 piece big band for dances, weddings, fetes, concerts or any event that needs to go with a swing!. From classic Glenn Miller, Rat Pack, swing and latin standards to more modern repertoire.‘

 

+ Pavilion Big Band
VISITS (to Website)147
VIEWS (of this Record)383

‘A big swing band ... Formed in 1992 the band consists of a mixture of professional musicians and serious amateur musicians whose ages range from 13 up to 88. The band plays only for charity concerts and performs approximately 15 times a year ... The band plays a mixture of music of the great Swing era: Ellington, Goodman, Basie, Miller, Kenton and Herman to name just a few with some more modern compositions thrown in too.‘

 

+ Railway Swing Band
VISITS (to Website)220
VIEWS (of this Record)268

A 22-piece band featuring 4 vocalists - including The Axholme Singers who sing an Andrews Sisters tribute. The band is based in Haxey (in North Lincolnshire just south of the Humber Bridge) and we draw our musicians from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.'

 

+ Room 21 Big Band
VISITS (to Website)197
Also indexedAxholme Singers
VIEWS (of this Record)678

'We’re based in Oakham, and are available to play big band swing and jazz around Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and the East midlands in general. The band started in 2005 and over the years our repertoire has grown, so we can adjust our setlist to suit your event. We love to make music, so please ask about booking us, or suggesting somewhere we could do a gig. And if you just like listening, join our mailing list!'

 

+ Rutland Big Band
VISITS (to Website)217
VIEWS (of this Record)450

‘The Salisbury Jazz and Big Band is based in Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire and is committed to the playing and popularising of the great Swing and Jazz sounds of the mid 20th century. We regularly play at weddings, parties and Balls as well as featuring in Festivals, street parties and Concerts ... We are now delighted to be working with a number of charismatic Vocalists. If you feel a Big Band is a little too large we can offer smaller Jazz and Swing Groups as a further option.’

+ Salisbury Big Band
VISITS (to Website)124
Also indexedSalisbury Jazz & Big Band
VIEWS (of this Record)279

‘The 20 piece band is made up of musicians from the South West of England ... As well as being part of this band a lot of the musicians play in other smaller ensembles ... One of the aims of the South Devon Big Band is to help young jazz players and with the help of a kind donation from Totnes Rotary Club we have been able to offer subscription free membership for the younger players in the band.’

 

+ South Devon Big Band
VISITS (to Website)142
VIEWS (of this Record)311

'Do you like Big Band music, but haven't got the space for a Big Band? Size isn't everything! We've trimmed our line-up down to 9 (saxophones, trumpets, trombone, piano, bass and drums), a manageable number that will still give you that Big Band sound, and won't break the bank! Like the idea of a Jazz Band, but worried that it mightn't suit all tastes? We have a varied repertoire, starting with the classics of Big Band swing, adding a pinch of Trad Jazz, a twist of your Rock n Roll favourites, a little rumba of Latin American, and those all time greats of film and stage. All served up with ballroom dancing standards ...'

 

+ Sweeting Swing Band
VISITS (to Website)265
VIEWS (of this Record)480

‘Founded in 2001 with the primary aim of providing opportunities for local musicians to play the widest possible range of “Big Band” music. Following on from this was the desire to perform this music, bringing pleasure to local audiences ... There are over 120 musicians currently members of the SUBB Group. They all have one thing in common - a love of live music making and a desire to be the best that they can be. Membership is drawn from all walks of life, professional musicians, doctors, teachers, students, even professional ebayers! Musicians are generally attached to one band, but some members do appear in several groups.’ The Groups include: Swing Unlimited Big Band; Swing Unlimited Community Big Band; Swing Unlimited Dance Band. There is also a Swing Unlimited Jazz Club.

 

+ Swing Unlimited Big Band
VISITS (to Website)268
Also indexedSwing Unlimited Jazz Club
VIEWS (of this Record)238

‘Plays swing jazz instrumental and vocal numbers from the 1930’s right up to modern times - with a line up of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, and male and female vocalists. All supported by a rhythm section of bass, guitar, keyboard and drums. Our aim is to have a good time playing great music and, in doing so, entertain and delight our audiences. We are (of course!) available for booking. We perform at several events throughout the year including concerts, weddings and parties.’

 

+ Thornbury Swing Band
VISITS (to Website)153
VIEWS (of this Record)240

'A community Swing Band based in Baildon, near Bradford, West Yorkshire. We play regular gigs, and have performed at church and school socials, beer festivals, weddings and private parties ... The band has around 30 players. It accommodates a range of abilities and ages. Rehearsals are very informal and great fun as we are a very friendly bunch of musicians! ... Our music comprises traditional big band swing era standards including numbers by Glen Miller and Count Basie; Latin favourites; Pop and more modern numbers; and of course some Rock ‘n Roll ...'

 

+ Two Rivers Swing Band
VISITS (to Website)218
VIEWS (of this Record)328

‘The Band has been in its present form since 2010, but many members have played together in Uppingham and at Uppingham Community College for many years. Being a community band, our goal is to create opportunities for musicians of all ages to make music. For this reason, we keep subs very low ... And because no-one gets paid for organising or leading the band, our running costs are kept to a minimum. Which means that our community of villages, churches and charities can easily afford to have us play at their fund-raising or other events.‘

 

 

+ Uppingham Jazz & Soul Band
VISITS (to Website)148
VIEWS (of this Record)265

‘A dance band based in York, North Yorkshire, playing the music from the golden era of the 40’s and 50’s.The band recreates the nostalgic sound of the dance halls of yesteryear.’

 

+ Vintage Rhythms
VISITS (to Website)128
VIEWS (of this Record)327

Woburn Jazz previously known as The Open Band, is a band of 15 - 20 core players, playing big band arrangements, jazz standards, latin and funk pieces.‘

 

+ Woburn Jazz
VISITS (to Website)145
Also indexedThe Open Band
VIEWS (of this Record)301

‘Formed in 1998 to give members the opportunity to play big band music and help keep the big band sound alive by playing to the local community. Rehearsals were held in Middlewich so the Band was named after the salt towns of Middlewich, Northwich and Nantwich and uses “Witchcraft” as its signature tune ... A traditional big band line-up of saxes, trombones, trumpets and rhythm. The emphasis is on performing high quality jazz and having fun ... If it’s good music then we’ll play it! We’ve played throughout Cheshire at a wide variety of locations, including concert halls, civic and village halls, golf and rugby clubs, marquees and open air venues.’

 

+ Wychcraft Big Band
VISITS (to Website)132
VIEWS (of this Record)300

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