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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 

Guernsey Liberation Day event

Guernsey Liberation

 Back in May for a 7th time at the Specsavers Liberation Dances. Playing to 2,500 dancers over 3 dances. 
The Victory Show

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.
Ramsey 1940s Weekend and VE Day Celebration

Ramsey 1940s Weekend

In August 2022 we returned to this top 1940s event to play the Saturday night Hangar Ball in the Big Top to over 400 dancers.
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 8th time at this prestigious event.
swing band playing on stage

Welshpool 1940s

 September 2023 we return for a 8th time to play the Saturday night dance of  Wales' top 1940s weekend.
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!
RAF Hooton Park 1940s Weekend


The Ashby Big Band  made their debut at Santa Pod Raceway in July  for their 10th Anniversary of Dragstalgia. Glenn Miller played  at this ex WW2 aerodrome in 1944. 78 years on ABB  played a tribute to him!
War and Peace Revival event with band on stage

War and Peace Revival

2022 was our 4th booking for the biggest military show in the world. Sadly the show was cancelled this year due to insurance issues. Here's looking forward to 2023...
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 Vintage Festival, Brighouse, March into the Forties,  Lytham, Queensbury, Howarth, Ossett, 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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