Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Corporate Christmas Party
The Hide, Sheffield - Friday 9th December 2016

After the company had had to change venues not once but twice in the run up to this event, Mr Swing members were dreading a wild office party with riotous inebriated revelers causing havoc. How wrong we were!
All the guests were dressed up to the nines in black tie and party frocks and kicked off the evening with an Oscars-style award ceremony. It was another early start for Mr Swing but everybody was up dancing from the first note and the floor remained full right through to senior finance consultant Dominic joining us on stage to sing 'New York New York'
The band's own DJ kept the party going long into the night, making this an office Christmas party we'd love to do every year.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Michael & Katie's Wedding
Yorkshire Wedding Barn, Richmond - Sat 26th Nov 2016

Michael and Katie had seen Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra perform at the annual Thorp Perrow picnic event and decided the band was exactly what they wanted for their wedding.
Mr Swing prepared a version of Wonderful World by Sam Cooke for their first dance at 7pm then, despite the early start, kept the dancefloor full for two hours before the band's DJ took over until midnight.
As you can see from the photographs, both the band and the guests had a great night....although there's always that one guest who gets a bit too close!

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Kelly & Ryan's wedding
Marton Hotel, Middlesbrough - Saturday 8th October 2016

Being mad on the 1940s, Kelly had asked Mr Swing to start off proceedings with a set full of wartime classics and had chosen 'Moonlight Serenade' for her first dance with Ryan.
As the night went on, the repertoire moved forwards through the decades keeping guests dancing before heading back in time once more to play an encore of Benny Goodman's 'Sing Sing Sing'.
The bride and groom had chosen an eclectic DJ list too which kept the party going into the early hours.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Oscar's PBTC Charity Ball
Royal Armouries, Leeds - Saturday 24th September 2016

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra was honoured to be invited to play at this wonderful event.
Compered on the night by Leeds United's matchday host Jed Stone, two hundred guests played 'Heads and Tails' and 'True or False' games, entered raffles, bid on both silent and live auction lots, ate a great meal and, of course, danced to some wonderful music! It was possibly our longest conga line yet for 'Amarillo'.
Thousands of pounds were raised for this very worthwhile cause. More information on Oscar's Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity can be found at www.oscarspbtc.org

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Liz & Dave's Wedding
Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough - Sat 17th Sept 2016

Liz and Dave had rehearsed a secret first dance and needed Mr Swing's help to give it maximum impact for their unsuspecting guests. After grabbing everyone's attention with Benny Goodman's 'Sing Sing Sing' we invited the happy couple onto the dancefloor to smooch to 'Moonlight Serenade'. After playing a shortened version, and with family and friends gathered round taking photographs, I threw Liz and Dave a couple of walking canes and they launched into a brilliant dance routine to Morecambe and Wise's 'Bring Me Sunshine'. Needless to say, it went down a storm!
With band and DJ having taken guests' requests prior to the occasion, a great night was had by all.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Jude & Chris's Wedding
De Grey Rooms, York - Saturday 3rd September 2016

After playing for numerous public dances at the De Grey Rooms, this was Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra's first wedding gig in this beautiful building.
It had been an atrocious day for weather with torrential rain throughout but this hadn't dampened spirits one little bit! From the bride and groom's first dance 'It Had To Be You' to Jude and Chris leading congas around the room to 'Amarillo', Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra and DJ entertained family and friends with timeless classics and guest's requests.

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Mr Swing's own golden couple Phil and Vicky Chapman took the opportunity to pose in front of the giant illuminated 'Mr & Mrs' letters...well, why ever not!

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Faye & Carl's Wedding
The Parsonage near York - Saturday 13th August 2016

Faye and Carl had seen Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra in action at their friend's Sophie and Ben's wedding at Rowley Manor sixteen months earlier (see 2015 reviews) and had loved the night so much they booked the band for their own reception.
The first wedding Mr Swing ever played for was at The Parsonage and it's always good to return to this lovely venue. Faye and Carl chose 'It Had To Be You' for their first dance and this kicked off a wonderful evening.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Family Celebrations
George Hotel, Piercebridge - Friday 24th June 2016

North_East_Swing_Band_Hire.jpgGraham and Gilly were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary which also happened to fall in the same year as their daughter Laura's 21st and their son Harry's 18th. Good excuse for a party? You betcha!
With family and friends based in both York and Teeside, Graham and Gilly chose The George Hotel in the lovely village of Piercebridge near Darlington as their venue; an unassuming roadside pub hiding a beautiful ballroom overlooking the river and bridge.

Swing_Bands_For_Hire_In_Teeside.jpgGraham was looking for an authentic band to play original arrangements of classic swing tunes and Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra dutifully obliged - even learning his favourite Louis Jordan song, 'Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens'. As darkness fell, everyone took to the floor to dance the night away, some playing inflatable saxophones! It takes all sorts.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Charity Dance Night
Royal Hall, Harrogate - Saturday 14th May 2016

Following our performance at the Royal Hall for Children In Need last November, dancer James White invited Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra back to this stunning venue to play for a charity dance in aid of The Rainbow Fund.

The Rainbow Fund raises money for the special care baby unit at Harrogate Hospital, providing life-saving machinery and apparatus. For more information on The Rainbow Fund please visit www.therainbowfund.co.uk

The Royal Hall is an amazing venue in which to perform and members of the band enjoyed joining in the mass dance class during one of the intervals. Cuban breaks and pivots galore!

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Strictly Big Band Night
De Grey Rooms, York - Saturday 12th March 2016


Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra played to a sellout room in York's sumptuous De Grey Ballroom. Dancers travelled from far and wide to grace the floor and show off their ballroom and latin moves.

Mr Swing's drummer Martin, and his wife Jean, held a beginners' dance class earlier in the evening and those that took part competed in a beginners' Strictly dance-off later on to the band's live performance.

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There were two further Strictly competitions for more experienced dancers and the dancing continued between live sets with recorded music. A great night was had by all and we'll be back in November for another Strictly Big Band Night.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Helen & Greg's Wedding
Doxford Hall nr Alnwick - Saturday 2nd April 2016


It's been a while since Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra were this far north but this crowd were well worth the trip!

Helen and Greg had chosen the beautiful surroundings of Northumberland's Doxford Hall for their wedding and, after a long day of celebrations, their guests were keen to let their hair down which they did to The Jungle Book's 'I Wanna Be Like You' immediately following the happy couple's first dance 'Let There Be Love'.

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Mr Swing entertained the audience with swing band classics culminating in a rousing performance of 'New York New York' before the band's own DJ rounded off the evening.

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