Manchester's leading amateur Big Band

Our Music

Covering nearly 100 years from the 1920’s onwards we play the music of Benny Goodman, Ted Heath, Gene Austin, Glenn Miller, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Herbie Hancock, Gerry Raferty , Wilson Pickett, Mama Cass, Vera Lynn, Elton John, Supremes, the Beachboys, the Beatles … and many, many more.

We even have Amy Winehouse, Caro Emerald, and Katrina and the Waves!

As a band we are lucky with our in-house arrangers.

Dave Egerton arranged all of our original arrangements creating a large library of excellent music.

Today our librarian, Howard Keable, re-arranges many pieces to suit our line-up. We also have two players who arrange for us from scratch – Chris Skelton and Philippa Simpson. This combination has given us a wide variety of styles and genres, everything from Millers Moonlight Serenade to Van Morrison’s Moondance to Happy!

Sample Programmes

SAMPLE ONE

SET ONE

  • Final Countdown
  • Time after time
  • A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
  • I get a kick out of you
  • The Nearness of You
  • Misty
  • Chatanooga Choo Choo
  • Lady is a tramp
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Night Train
  • Supremes Medley

SET TWO

  • The Surrey with the Fringe on Top
  • Ladies First
  • All The Way
  • Laughter in the Rain
  • Can’t take my eyes off you
  • Route Sixty Six
  • Happy
  • Midnight Hour
  • Green Onions
  • Watermelon Man
  • M*A*S*H
  • Witchcraft

SAMPLE TWO

SET ONE

  • Blue Skies
  • Moonlight in Vermont
  • New York New York
  • At Last
  • You stepped out of a dream
  • You’re getting to be a habit
  • Autumn leaves
  • Dream a little Dream
  • White Cliffs of Dover
  • We’ll meet again
  • Beach Boys Medley

SET TWO

  • Birdland
  • By the Time I get to Phoenix
  • Fly me to the moon
  • Surrey with the Fringe on Top
  • Moondance
  • Valerie
  • Get ready
  • A night like this
  • My Girl
  • You are the sunshine of my life
  • Beatles Medley
  • Witchcraft