Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Katy & Matt's Wedding

National Railway Museum, York - New Year's Eve 2011

What a great way to bring in the new year!

Katy and Matt had chosen the beautiful surroundings of the National Railway Museum in York for their wedding ceremony and reception. Over 100 friends and family were there to join in the celebrations.

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The Yorkshire swing band went down very well with the well-dressed guests as you can see (thank you to Brian Harte Photography)....

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Pocklington War Ball
East Yorkshire - Saturday 2nd July 2011

What a great event Mr Swing attended at the weekend. Pocklington School had gone for a wartime theme for their end of year bash and they'd pulled out all the stops.

The old station hall at Pocklington Station (now the school's gym!) had been transformed into a scene straight out of the 40s. There were union flags as far as the eye could see, patriotic bunting, parachutes hanging from the ceiling and even a Battle of Britain dogfight going on overhead courtesy of the art department. All the waiting staff were decked out in camouflage and the loos were air raid shelters stacked up with sandbags.

The 300 guests had also gone to town on their costumes, with people in forces uniforms, landgirl outfits, nurses, even a sheik! And an authentic air raid warning siren called them to dinner.

Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra took to the camouflage-netted stage just after 10pm and kept the dancefloor jam-packed til well after midnight, playing a mixture of swing band classics with a generous helping of 40s tunes thrown in for good measure.

All in all the Yorkshire swing band had a tremendous evening and hope to play for this audience many times in the future.


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - End of season awards
Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United - Sat 30th Apr 2011

We were very excited to be invited back to the amazing Centenary Pavilion at Leeds United for their end of season awards evening.

The whole squad were there, signing autographs for the 960 guests as they arrived. The manager, Simon Grayson, and chairman, Ken Bates, made speeches during dinner before the players' awards ceremony began to constant standing ovations.

Finally it was Mr Swing's turn to entertain.

Due to the extraordinary number of people to fit in for dinner, Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra was some way from the dancefloor but we managed to get our swing and big band classics across through the melee. The Tom Jones trilogy went down a storm and Leeds swing band fans danced the night away!

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Karen Coates' 40th Birthday
Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington - Sat 5th Feb 2011

Karen's husband Jon, a cameraman for the BBC, had organised a superb evening for nigh on 200 family and friends up in the North East.

Once they had booked Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra it occurred to them that, to do it justice, they should learn a few ballroom dance moves. So they and a few dozen of their friends dutifully attended dance classes leading up to the big day.

On the night itself I was informed they'd learnt a foxtrot, quickstep, jive and cha cha so I chose one example of each from the Mr Swing setlist and the band played the 'Strictly Come Dancing' theme tune to introduce a mass dance off on each occasion.

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This was a first for Mr Swing. Never before had we had an audience so dedicated to the cause! Needless to say, the band went down a storm and its members really appreciated the immensely positive response from the guests.

Donations were invited on the night to Darlington Breast Cancer Care - a charity close to Karen's heart.
Jon descibed Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra as the best swing band in the North East!

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Elior Awards Dinner
Manchester Monastery - Thursday 3rd February 2011

Manchester_Swing_Band.jpgMr Swing's Dance Orchestra was very honoured indeed to be invited to play at this national awards dinner in the majestic Manchester Monastery. What an amazing venue!

Six big screens had been erected to show live pictures from around the huge venue and an extraordinary number of moving lights made the whole event very similar to the Oscars.

Fiona Bruce hosted the evening and the hundreds of guests were entertained by the Manchester Citadel Choir between courses before the four glitzy girls of Siren electric string quartet took to the stage amidst backing tracks and pirotechnics.

Finally, at 11:30pm, with the crowd chomping at the bit, it was time to let them get up and dance to Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra. And dance they did. Solidly for ninety minutes, as if they didn't see many swing bands in Manchester!

We don't seem to be able to do a gig these days without somebody in the band being propositioned. This time it was the turn of lead tenor player Owen Newby but, being the laid back character he is, he took it all in his stride.

Take a look at the setting (surely one of the best for a North West swing band)......