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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. Contact us today for more information about our upcoming events or ballroom music in Derbyshire, Wales, Nottingham and Yorkshire.
Swing Band Highlights
This May was our 7th time at the Specsavers Liberation Dances. Playing to 2000 dancers over 3 dances.
The Victory Show
One of the biggest 1940s shows in the Country. We return in September for a 5th time playing to 800 dancers at the Saturday night Victory Ball.
Melton and Stapleton Estate
This year we make our debut at the Melton Mowbray 1940s weekend in May followed by Salute to the 40s at the Stapleton Estate in July
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 will be
our 8th time at this prestigious event.
September 2023 we return for a 8th time to play the Saturday night dance of Wales' top 1940s weekend.
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!
Brighouse, Haworth and Ossett
This year we return to play at the Saturday night dances of the top Yorkshire 1940s weekends.
Halfpenny Green 1940s Hangar Dance
A return of the Halfpenny Green 1940s Weekend in 2023 and the band will be playing the Saturday night dance in a genuine 1940s Hangar!
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
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