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1940's/1920's Swing Band 
based in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and providing services across the UK

Ashby Big Band is a swing band formed in 2005, the 60th anniversary of the end of WW2. Since then the 1940s re-enactment scene has really taken off. It is not only one of the best Glenn Miller tribute bands in the Country but also one of the most versatile on the 40s entertainment circuit. In addition to the Miller standards and a repertoire that includes the "top 100 hits of the 40s", we cater to dedicated swing dancers with music from Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, Caro Emerald etc for Lindy, Shim Sham, Balboa,  
Shag and more. 
The WW2/1940s events we play at change from year to year. However, to demonstrate how far the band has come, we provide you with  some highlights of the last year. Contact us today for more information about our upcoming events or ballroom music in Derbyshire, Wales, Nottingham  and Yorkshire.

Swing Band Highlights 

Guernsey Liberation Day event

Guernsey Liberation

 This May was our  7th time at the Guernsey Liberation Dances. Playing to 2000  dancers over 3 dances. 
The Victory Show

The Victory Show

One of the biggest 1940s shows in the Country.  We returned in September  for a 5th time  playing to sell out  Saturday night Dinner Dance. On the Sunday our  8 piece Ashby "little" Big Band entertained 1000s of visitors with the hits of the 40s!


Salute to the 40s Stapleton Estate
This year we made our debut at the  Salute to the 40s event at the Stapleton Estate  and have already been booked for2024
brass section in a band

Yorkshire Wartime Experience

The Yorkshire Wartime Experience is the biggest military show in the North of England. The Ashby Big Band play at their Saturday night Dance. This August was  
our 10th time at this prestigious event.
swing band playing on stage

Welshpool 1940s

 September 2023 we returned for an 8th time to play the Saturday night dance of  Wales' top 1940s weekend. Already booked for next year
band playing brass instruments

Ironbridge Gorge 1940s 

The Band are proud to support one of the fastest growing 1940s events in the Country.   In May we played at the fantastic sell-out "Grand Dance" for a 7th time, and have been booked again for 2024!
RAF Hooton Park 1940s Weekend


Brighouse, Haworth, Pudsey and Ossett
This year we  return to play at the Saturday night dances of the top Yorkshire 1940s weekends.   
War and Peace Revival event with band on stage

Halfpenny Green 1940s Hangar Dance

A return of the Halfpenny Green 1940s Weekend  in 2023 and the band played the Saturday night dance in  a genuine 1940s Hangar to a sell out crowd. 

The Ashby Band
Not all venues and events need a full big band. The Ashby "little" Big Band also played throughout the WW2 weekends and Hangar Balls held by Crich Tramway Museum, GCR, ELR, The Festival of Vintage,  Melton Mowbray, March into the Forties,  Lytham, Queensbury, Peak Rail, BCLM, Stoke Bruerne, Chesterfield Council, Sheffield Council, Mansfield Council and NWLDC. Derbyshire Council and Leicestershire Council
Get a taste of the vintage with a live performance at your event from our swing band. Contact us today on 






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