Mr Swing's Christmas Balls - York St. John University
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th December 2015

As usual, this year's Christmas Balls were a total sellout, getting booked up by the end of September. It was great to see new groups joining us as well as old friends who have been attending for years, some since our first events in 1997!

Temple Hall looked magnificent, with its tables set up beautifully in anticipation of the nights ahead. The food received many a compliment, offering four main courses and three desserts, and the magician, Adam Baxter, went down a treat.


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra kept the dancefloor full throughout the evening and £1300 was raised for the York branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Book early for next year!


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Children In Need Dance
The Royal Hall, Harrogate - Friday 13th November 2015

Mr Swing did its bit for Children In Need this year by providing live music for the ballroom and latin section of Harrogate dance teacher James White's 24-hour danceathon. The fundraiser took place in Harrogate's impressive Royal Hall and ran from 2pm on Friday all the way through the night til 4:30pm on Saturday. We arrived to set up at 6pm with the event already in full swing and were soon joined by Pudsey himself (or one of his helpers) who was put through his paces on the dancefloor.


I just had time to take this photo before Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra took to the stage as the venue filled up for the evening session. We played quicksteps, foxtrots, waltzes, jives, cha chas and rumbas plus a few specialist dances such as The Charleston, Gay Gordons and St. Bernard's Waltz between 8 and 11pm before a salsa band arrived for the midnight shift!

Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Remembrance Day Concert
The Ginger Goose, Bradford - Sunday 8th November 2015

Bradford_Swing_Bands_For_Hire.jpgWe were very proud to be invited once again to play a wartime swing gig following Bradford's Remembrance Day parade. As last year, fantastic posters had been produced to advertise the event and the venue was packed to the rafters with people of all ages enjoying the music. As you'd expect, Mr Swing's performance was packed full of Glenn Miller favourites as well as other timeless classics from the 30s and 40s. Roll on next year!

Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Charlotte & Rich's Wedding
Pannal CC, Harrogate - Saturday 10th October 2015

This was a wedding full of surprises! I arrived early to set up Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra on the stage behind a reveal curtain in the marquee along with an Elton John tribute act which Charlotte had booked as a surprise for Richard. Richard scored an equaliser later in the evening though, by joining us on stage to sing a very inebriated rendition of 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You' to Charlotte...


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Battle of Britain Ball
RAF Leeming - Friday 18th September 2015

Our annual visit to the Sergeants' Mess at RAF Leeming didn't disappoint. It's a formal event and all the guests look very smart in their uniforms as they arrive...


...but once the 'Gentlemen, you may remove your jackets' announcement is made everybody relaxes, dancing into the early hours to Mr Swing and the band's own DJ.

Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Picnic Concert
Thorp Perrow Arboretum - Saturday 18th July 2015

This event just gets better and better!
As usual, the crowd surpassed itself, with gazebos galore even sported bunting!


This year's picnic concert saw Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra christen the brand new purpose-built stage at Thorp Perrow which had only been finished the previous day.


As darkness fell, and dancing legs were sufficiently wine-filled, the picnickers rose seemingly as one to party the night away.


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Frankie & Rob's Wedding
Follifoot near Harrogate - Saturday 13th June 2015

What a fantastic wedding crowd we played for!

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When Frankie's mother and the three bridesmaids left for church, followed by Frankie and her father in beautiful vintage cars, I knew this was going to be a day to remember.

Wedding_Jazz_Bands_4.JPGAll parties looked stunning in their dresses and morning suits and, with the forecast rain nowhere to be seen, the marquee was all set for the day's festivities. Whilst Frankie and Rob were saying their vows, the caterers prepared the wedding breakfast and bar and I set up the stage for the evening's party.

After being well fed and watered, Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra took to the stage at about 9:30pm. All the guests bar none literally ran to the dancefloor as soon as we struck up with Benny Goodman's 'Sing Sing Sing' before Rob and Frankie danced their first dance as husband and wife to 'They Can't Take That Away From Me'.

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The floor remained full throughout the whole two-hour performance with highlights seeing everybody sitting down rowing imaginary canoes to 'Hawaii 5-0', Frankie's team of girls winning the sing-off in 'Delilah' and the longest conga lines ever in 'Amarillo'.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Summer Masked Ball
De Grey Rooms, York - Saturday 6th June 2015

Masked_Ellie.jpgMr Swing's Dance Orchestra entertained quite an eclectic crowd at this event in York's historic De Grey Rooms.

York Theatre Royal held a Summer Masked Ball in their beautiful sister venue, with an audience made up of ballroom dancers, big band fans and revellers including a hen party!

Our drummer's wife, Jean Harvey, ran a beginners' dance class for an hour before the main event. A group of thirty or so were put through their paces being taught some moves for a jive and a social foxtrot.

Guests arrived at 7:30pm and were welcomed with a glass of fizz and some very tasty looking canapés before Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra played styles to suit all attendees, with those who had attended the earlier dance lesson keen to try out their new skills and many of the band augmenting their attire to suit the evening's theme.


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Lesley & Mario's Wedding
Gisborough Hall Hotel - Monday 25th May 2015

North_East_Swing_Jazz_BandsWhat a gorgeous venue! With an elegant twin staircase sweeping down into the good-sized function room, Gisborough Hall Hotel really knows how to cater for weddings. Lesley had styled everything herself, down to the minutist detail, and the room looked amazing.

Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra played 'For Once In My Life' for the happy couple's first dance and, with Mario being italian, Dean Martin's 'That's Amoré' and 'Mambo Italiano' went down particularly well!


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Sophie & Ben's Wedding
Rowley Manor, East Yorkshire - Sat 25th April 2015

What an amazing group of people we played for at Rowley Manor!

Sophie, Ben and their guests danced non-stop throughout Mr Swing's three 40-minute sets. From the first dance 'For Once In My Life' to the 'Amarillo' congas over three hours later, these wedding goers filled the dancefloor; a tremendous effort from one and all!


There was a personal connection too. Mr Swing's lead alto player, Rachael Hammerton, had taught Sophie the flute whilst she was at school and Rachael took the opportunity to catch up with many former students.


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Grand Valentine's Ball
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool - Sat 14th Feb 2015

What a great night we had helping to raise money for The Melanie Beattie Appeal Fund in Liverpool!

Well in excess of 200 guests enjoyed a sumptious meal before being royally entertained by Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra with the dancefloor full throughout.


Money was raised on the night by means of a raffle and an auction with Mr Swing's very own bass player Jill bidding highest on one of the lots; Director's Box tickets to a Premier League match at Goodison Park!

Many thanks from Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra go to Laurence Grant et al from My Photos Forever for this shot of the band:


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