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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 at 7pm 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.

See the Diary page for the latest updates


Alan Haughton

19th May at 7pm

Alan Haughton playing LIVE  – "Great Jazz Pianists". Guests welcome. More details on our Diary page



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 last live Big Band Concert.

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.




NOTE: For a trial period we are starting the first presentation at 7pm and aim to finish at 9pm.
Doors open from 6.30pm.


21st April


Bob Blake  - “Bob’s musical mixture”

Alan Hawkins - "Recommended for you" Jazz discoveries made on Spotify.

19th May
Woburn Sands Big Band Appreciation Society presents top Jazz pianist Alan Houghton playing live and talking about his favourite artists. Alan has a distinguished career playing alongside jazz greats and is a popular regular at several local jazz venues.

Special entrance fee for this event is £3 for members and £5.00 for guests – with free refreshments.

For more information call Mike on 01908 234634, or David on 01908 583937.

16th June


Mike Kearney - Programme theme to be confirmed



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).

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Secretary: Joan Higgs 01908 583937

Chairman: David Higgs 01908 583937
Mike Kearney: Vice Chairman  01908 234634

Robert Blake: Treasurer 01525 384128