BIG BAND TRUMPET STAR STEVE WALKER
TAKES OVER PAULA BALDWIN'S BIG SWING BAND
The Big Swing Band which was founded 11 years ago by Keith and Paula Baldwin now starts Year 12 with a new name and a new Band Leader, topline trumpeter, Steve Walker.
Steve Walker's Big Swing Band is a Unique Vintage Showband from Lincolnshire bringing you the best tunes and songs of the last 100 years especially those from the golden era of the 1940s and 50s.
THE BIG SWING BAND is the classic line up. Four Trumpets, Four Trombones, Five Saxs, Piano, Bass, Drums and Guitar. Add to that the talents of Steve Walker - trumpeter, vocalist, musical director and compere, and you have a night to remember always.
The Band has not one female vocalist but two - Sara Blair Manning and Christine Scott - to knock your socks off with their versatile style, sparkling personalities and spectacular gowns! These Sweethearts of Swing 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 plays for concerts, theatre shows, dances and all manner public and private 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 for the next ten years establishing the Band's reputation for first class entertainment.
In July 2014, Paula hung up her sequins and handed over the Band to topline professional trumpeter Steve Walker. When you read Steve's CV elsewhere on this website, you will understand why the Band has such an exciting future ahead of them.
After four years under the leadership of Major (retd) Paul Murrell, a former Musical Director with the British Army, the Band is ready for further challenges lined up for them by Steve (Paul is still with the Band as Leader of the Reeds Section and will take your breath away with his alto sax and clarinet solos)
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 2012, the Band made their first CD which was released on October 21st and is available to purchase in the Web Store on this website.
.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 Pop Group! If most of your guests are young people, don't book us! We may be able to recommend bands more suited to those requirements.