IT'S THE OFFICIAL BIG SWING BAND!
A Unique Vintage Showband from Lincolnshire bringing you the best tunes and songs from the golden era of the 1940s and 50s, either for dancing or listening
THE BIG SWING BAND is the classic line up. Four Trumpets, Four Trombones, Five Saxs, Piano, Bass, Drums and Guitar. Plus Three Vocalists, Musical Director, Compere. We also have Four Dancers available if required.
The band plays for concerts, theatre shows, dances and all manner public events. Plus their own special Dance or Listen Night - an entertaining music show for you to watch or get up and dance to.
The Big Swing Band was founded in 2003 by the late Keith Baldwin, international jazz trumpet player and band leader, and his wife, Paula Baldwin. When Keith died in 2004, Paula took the reins.
Musical Director is Major (retd) Paul Murrell , a former Director of Music with the British Army. Paul, who joined the Band as lead alto in 2011, has brought his expertise to the weekly rehearsals resulting in the Band constantly raising their game and loving it!
Churning out the same old stuff is not an option for this band. The musicians are constantly striving to better their performances and enjoying themselves along the way. And every performance includes new numbers as well as the eternal favourites.
In June last year, the Band made their first CD which was released on October 21st and available to purchase in the Web Store on this website.
Early in 2012, international vocalist, Gary Grace, became resident vocalist with the band, adding his Kings of Swing shows to the Band's repertoire as well as a wide variety of swing numbers to the Band's other shows.
Gary loves to sing Matt Monro, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Michael Buble, Andy Williams,, Sammy Davis Junior, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and, of course, Frank Sinatra.
Sara Blair Manning and Christine Scott continue to add the glamour with their fabulous Andrews Sisters routine as well as numbers after the style of Etta James, Peggy Lee, Marilyn Monroe, Ella Fitzgerald, Vera Lynn to name but a few.
The Band operates throughout Lincolnshire but may be tempted to travel further afield.
Not every venue can accommodate a Band as big as The Big Swing Band so Shiny Stockings was formed from musicians and singers in the big band. This line-up of trumpet, trombone, two saxs, piano, bass, drums and guitar still packs a punch as the little band with the big band sound.
Working with the same singers, this Band offers a similar vintage repertoire styled to suit you.
What this Band is NOT, however, is a function band playing everything from Viva Espana and the Birdie Song through to the latest Pops. If most of your guests are young people, don't book us! We may be able to recommend bands more suited to those requirements.