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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.
May 2023 was our 7th time at the Guernsey Liberation Dances. Playing to 2000 dancers over 3 dances.
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!
Salute to the 40s Stapleton Estate
This year we return for a second time to Salute to the 40s event at the Stapleton Estate.
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.
In September 2024 we return for an 9th time to play the Saturday night dance of Wales' top 1940s weekend.
Noe 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 play at the fantastic sell-out "Grand Dance" for a 8th time!
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
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.
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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