Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Remembrance Day Concert
The Ginger Goose, Bradford - Sunday 9th November 2014

Bradford_Swing_Bands.jpegMr Swing's Dance Orchestra was very honoured to be invited to play a concert on Remembrance Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War.
The band doesn't play music that dates back as far as as 1914 however, so we concentrated on putting together a programme that would have been heard in dance halls during WWII.
The venue really went to town on the advertising, producing amazing posters, flyers and advertising hoardings as well as writing press releases and getting an all-important endorsement from The Royal British Legion.

Bradford_Big_Bands.jpegIf truth be told, members of the band were a little anxious about performing in a city centre pub, especially as Bradford City were playing in the FA Cup and the start of the concert coincided with kick-off time, but any fears were soon allayed as The Ginger Goose filled and filled and filled until it was bursting at the seams with people from all walks of life from families with children to ex-servicemen sporting medals. Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra played plenty of Glenn Miller favourites, as you'd expect, interspersed with well-known songs of the period so everyone could have a good sing-song. And each tune was met with rapturous applause.

Big_Bands_In_Bradford.jpgAll in all an amazing afternoon. I have never had my hand shaken by so many people after a performance. We truly made people's day. Needless to say we're currently in negotiations to do it all again next year! Now, all Bradford City Council has to do is sort out its city centre road layout so we can get near enough to the venue to unload without having to go down 'bus-only' roads and incur £60 fines!


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - NHS Tea Dance
Middleton Arena, Manchester - Sun 26th Oct 2014

It's not often Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra plays at daytime events but when the Middleton NHS came calling wanting live music for an over-60s tea dance to help promote their services it sounded like a great idea and the band was only too happy to help out.

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500 free tickets had been given out to attend one of the three sessions the band was playing between 11:45am and 3:30pm. The idea being that the first group would leave after the first session as the second group arrived to take their place. Once there though, most people stayed for the remainder of the day and by mid-afternoon the arena was packed to the rafters! The whole thing was deemed a great success by the organisers who hope to repeat the event next year.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Will & Lisa's Wedding
Horton Grange Hotel, Newcastle - Sat 31st May 2014

The sun was shining, the sky was blue and all the guests were well up for a party!

Will and Lisa had chosen 'It Had To Be You' as their first dance and had rehearsed some lovely moves to impress their family and friends.

As the night went on, the stag night lads donated their stylish pink shades to Mr Swing's vocalist, Phil Chapman...!

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Elior Awards Dinner
Imperial War Museum, Duxford - Friday 14th March 2014

We had played at this event before and were very pleased to be invited back, this time to the impressive Imperial War Museum
and a great day out was had by all!

The client had requested a 20-piece band so I set to work constructing and painting a few new 'Mr S' music stands and bolstering our ranks.

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The celebrity guest this time was Natasha Kaplinski who we played onto the stage each time with the 'Strictly Come Dancing' theme. Natasha was lovely and very happy to pose with us after the gig.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Helen & Graham's Wedding
Headlam Hall, Darlington - Saturday 4th January 2014

What an amazing start to 2014! We had played at Helen's sister's wedding at Durham Castle in 2011 and were very pleased to be invited to entertain the family again.

The bride and groom had put together a tremendous routine for their first dance (pictured below) and this set the scene for a great night, culminating in by far the noisiest audience participation ending we've enjoyed for quite some time.

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