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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

  May 2023 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  2023 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!


Bletchley Park 1940s events

In 2023 we made our debut at this iconic venue. This year we will play at their 40s events in June and September

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 will be  
our 11th time at this prestigious event.
swing band playing on stage

Welshpool 1940s

 In September 2024 we return for a 9th time to play the Saturday night dance of  Wales' top 1940s weekend. 
band playing brass instruments


Ironbridge 1940s 
Now firmly established as one of the best 40s weekends, the Band are proud to support fundraising dances throughout the year for this great event. In May we played at the fantastic sell-out "Grand Dance" for a 8th time and will be back again next year.
RAF Hooton Park 1940s Weekend


Sleap Airfield 1940s Weekend
A Brand new  event taking place on a 1940s RAF Airfield in July. Our Big Band, singers and dancers will play the Saturday night Dance
War and Peace Revival event with band on stage

East Lancashire Railway 1940s Weekend

Last year we made our debut at the ELR 1940s event. We returned in May this year for another memorable performance to a station full of reverllers

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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