Welcome to ..
... the most entertaining band in the Midlands. We play Big Band and swing music for concerts or dancing.
This lovely wedding photo of the band was taken at the City Rooms, Leicester by The Owl and the Pussycat. Watch out for a new photo page coming soon of other pictures of the band taken by professional wedding photographers at recent events.
Take a look at our Facebook Page ....
Our range of venues is continuing to grow. The "Where we've been" map has half a dozen new entries as widely spread as Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire and including everything from Grand Country Mansions and aircraft hangers to school halls, pubs and clubs. All great fun to play at - since the audience makes the event a pleasure for the band and the band aims to please the audience.
We think we get it right - some venues have re-booked us more than ten times and if you look through our past bookings you will see that we are invited back to most of our public events year after year.
Happy New Year to you all!.. and thanks again for playing at our wedding-
you were all fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed by us and all of our guests!
[Sarah and Jon]
And thank you Sarah from the band! The City Rooms was a great venue that we have played at several times and we really appreciated the supper that you provided.
You were amazing! You really made the day extra special and all our guests
absolutely loved you ... My Dad was over the moon with what you did and at our open house on
New Year's Eve you were the talk of the table! Thank you once again,
[Kate] (another beautiful bride and another nice supper - thank you Kate!)
The Mayor and Mayoress have asked me to write to personally thank you for helping to make the Mayor's Charity Ball a great success ...
Thank you again for playing a very important part in the success of the night ...
[The Mayor of The City of Derby] the full letter is on the "about the band" page
Another sell out for both nights. A great show, thank you ...
[Ashby Venture Theatre]
If you like Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Cole Porter, Earle Hagen, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw then we are the band for you. Throw in more great dance tunes from the 50s and 60s and you are in for a wonderful night's entertainment. Add Frank Sinatra and Frankie Layne songs from Colin add Ella Fitzgerald and Nora Jones songs from Michele and who could ask for anything more?
We hope you can get to some of our events. Sunday evening concerts at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook are free. We play most Sundays unless we have are playing at Nunsfield House or are resting from a late Saturday night.
Dances at Nunsfield House cost £4.00 at the door or splash out on a whole day of 1940s nostalgia with dinner and dancing to the Ockbrook Big Band at the Victory Show in Cosby.
We are appearing at themed events at Buxton Dome, Rothwell and the delightful village of Edith Weston.
We are also at The Derby Beer Festival,
Picnic in The Park, Heather Music Festival and Nottingham Old Market Square.
For a full list of events look at our Events Page.
The Ockbrook Big Band will go to great lengths to make sure your event goes well. Here is Michele Humphries kitted out with coordinated wellies for Edith Weston's 1940s dance which in true British fashion was preceded by heavy rain. The event was a tremendous success and there was a large turn out of enthusiastic dancers.
Neville Brothers have moved
Neville Brothers, who have been good friends to the band, have moved from Babbington Lane to Station Road Mickleover. Book your instrument repairs etc as usual on the same phone number.
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We'll do our best to fit it in the next programme for you.