Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Angela & David's Wedding
Crathorne Hall, Yarm - Friday 27th October 2017

Having not played at Crathorne Hall for years, Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra finds itself booked for two weddings there within a few weeks of each other. The first is for Angela and David, a lovely couple from the north east.

Their first dance caused quite a stir as it ran 'It Had To Be You' straight into 'Gangnam Style'! Mr Swing struck up immediately afterwards and kept the room swinging 'til midnight.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Ken & Jane's Wedding
Saltburn-by-the-sea - Saturday 16th September 2017

Ken and Jane contacted Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra at the turn of the year but wanted to come and see the band in action before booking. The next time we were playing in their neck of the woods was a few months later at Rushpool Hall. When nobody approached us that night I assumed they'd made other plans for their wedding entertainment. On calling Ken and Jane a few days later I discovered they'd sent down their best man who'd listened from the car park as they were away! We must sound just as good from car parks as we do face to face!

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On the rainy night itself, Ken and Jane crammed a ridiculous number of people into a marquee and we had an amazing party. Despite water dripping through the marquee lining onto Martin, our drummer, we entertained the massive crowd with swing favourites and kept them on their feet all night.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Owen & Daisy's Wedding
Shireoaks, Notts - Saturday 9th September 2017

Swing_Bands_In_Nottinghamshire.jpgIt was a pleasure to play at our colleague Owen's wedding. Owen has played tenor sax with Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra for ten years and when he announced he was getting married to the wonderful Daisy and tentatively asked if we'd play at the reception we jumped at the chance.

A good friend of the band, Sarah Potts, entertained guests in the afternoon, playing a selection of popular love songs on solo saxophone to set the mood.

Owen and Daisy's family and friends were a great crowd to play for in the evening and kept the floor packed throughout. As seen here, Owen played a few tunes on the night with Daisy joining in on maracas for 'Copacabana'!

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - 125th Anniversary Dinner
Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club - Saturday 17th June 2017

Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra was honoured to be invited to play at the Gala Dinner of this weekend of celebrations for the Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club. There are Royal Golf Clubs dotted all over the Commonwealth and two delegates from each of these had been invited to attend. With guests from all over the world this really was a multi-national event and thankfully they were all fans of swing music.

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Over four hundred guests in total were packed into an enormous marquee and, once Sir Clive Woodward had finished his after-dinner speech, they packed the dance-floor.

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Even though we didn't arrive home until almost breakfast time, it was well worth the trip. My best shoes are still engrained with sand though!

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Mark & Pamela's Wedding
Harome, North Yorkshire - Saturday 3rd June 2017

It's not often the band gets to play 'Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens' whilst surrounded by the feathered creatures themselves but so it was at this venue at the foot of the North York Moors national park!

Mark and Pamela's reception was held in a magnificent triple teepee marquee in the grounds of a country pub. Their well-rehearsed first dance was to Michael Bublé's 'Everything' and everyone in Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra agreed it was the most professional first dance they'd witnessed in a long time. Mr Swing's own DJ stayed on after the band to keep the party in full swing until the witching hour.

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - Roisin & Steve's Wedding
Cranage Hall Hotel, Cheshire - Sunday 7th May 2017

Roisin and Steve had booked Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra a massive 22 months in advance of their wedding, so keen were they to secure our services!

All the tables at the wedding breakfast were named after swing classics and the happy couple were thrilled we played 'That Old Black Magic' as that was the name they'd given the top table. Roisin spent the whole evening on the dancefloor, dancing to Mr Swing. Quite a feat in a full wedding dress!

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Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra - East Bierley, Bradford
Marcus & Loredana's Wedding - Saturday 15th April 2017

Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra has performed in many wedding marquees over the years but nothing like this!

Marcus and Loredana had really gone to town for their big day. Decorated, illuminated trees on the inside of the tent was a first for us....and we've seen some sights I can assure you. Every minute detail had been thought through, with hotel-like relaxation areas plus perfume, curling tongs, straighteners and even toothbrushes in the toilets!

Mr Swing played for the drinks reception before the speeches and wedding breakfast, putting the guests in a great mood for the rest of the day.

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