If you love the sound of the Big Bands we would love you to join us.

 

We are a friendly and welcoming group of enthusiasts who appreciate and enjoy the great sounds of the Big Swing Bands and the Great American songbook.  Whether it’s Basie, Ellington or Goodman, Ella, Frank or Nat King Cole, Beiderbecke, Shearing or the Dorseys, or your own particular favourite artist, we play recordings on high quality equipment to meet every taste - sometimes including non-commercial recordings featuring some members who are themselves jazz musicians who have played with big bands.

We get together every third Thursday of the month, 7.30pm in the Ellen Pettit Memorial Hall, 2 High Street, Woburn Sands (next to the Swan Inn). See the 'Find Us' page for a map.  It costs just £5.00 a year for membership and £2.00 each time you come, which includes tea or coffee and  biscuits (£3 guests).

Come and join us without obligation to join so you can see if you enjoy the music and the presentations by musicians and fellow members. Meet and socialise with others who share your enthusiasm for the great music and songs of the Big Swing Band era. 

If you would like to find out more before you join us, you can contact us.

MEETINGS CANCELLED

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Diary

Each month we have two sessions of music played and introduced by a jazz enthusiast or musician featuring their personal choice of recordings.

 

The meetings are usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month. See the HOME page for meeting details.​​​

See the NEWS page for a report on our live Big Band Concert held last July.

More information about our society can be obtained by contacting our secretary: Joan Higgs on 01908 583937  or by  using our contact form on the CONTACT US page.

MEETINGS CANCELLED

Owing to the current Coronavirus pandemic the meetings are currently cancelled. 
We will monitor the situation regarding holding future meetings and members will be notified when meetings are resumed. Also an announcement will be given on this website.

 

News

Live Big Band Concert a success

Our live concert for 2019 featured the SWING’S THE THING big band and was held on 18th July  at Aspley Guise Village hall. It was a great success.

Swing’s The Thing was formed in 1998 and is widely regarded as one of the foremost exponents of big band music in our area.  18 professional and amateur musicians have gelled into an impressive ensemble able to tackle the most demanding of scores from a wide selection of the big bands of the past.

The audience of over 100  were treated to a wide selection of big band numbers in the style of Glenn Miller, Buddy Rich, Ted Heath, Henry Mancini and Count Basie. Vocal classics by Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald were faithfully recreated by Mel Peake, Katherine Mclean and the band.

Proceeds from the concert were donated to Willen Hospice by a presentation of a £1,000 cheque at our September meeting (pictured).

Contact Us

If you would like more details, or a membership application form, please complete this form and we will contact you.

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Secretary: Joan Higgs 01908 583937

Chairman: David Higgs 01908 583937
Bob Blake Vice Chairman  01525 384128

 
 
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