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First Class Swing

First Class Swing
As seen on BBC TV "Children in Need", Leicester Square Theatre plus "Help for Heros" with Dame Vera Lynne, TV's "Military Wives" concert tour and for dancing at Blackpool's famous Tower Ballroom!
Featuring Simone, from the later days of the Ivy Benson Orchestra
An exciting night with hits you'll know and love from the Swing era - Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller through to vocals like "Mr Bojangles" & "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" - plus foot stomping "Jools Holland" style Jazz.

"They swing like crazy - Superb !" Sheila Tracy (B.B.C.)
"...A celebration of classic Swing !" (Telegraph)
As seen on BBC TV's "Children in Need"]

This show boasts multi-instrumentalists and singers lead by Chris & Simone. Chris, who's varied career has taken him from Jazz festivals to Top of the Pops, uses his experience gained in playing and writing for Glenn Miller's Brother (Herb Miller) to bring the songs to life. Saxophonist and vocalist, Simone, has performed with the New Squadroniares and played Lead Alto Saxophone in the later days of the Ivy Benson show band.
First Class Swing have played at a private party for Vera Lynne. They were the band on the Military Wives 2013 Tour and have performed on TV with the Military Wives. They are also booked on a 110 date tour in 2014 called Bugle Boys which celebrates the life and times of Glenn Miller.
First Class Swing have been very busy in 2014 with events in commemoration of the First World War and have invested in military uniforms for events of this nature. Of course the option is also there for them to play in evening dress or more casual clothing.

New for 2016 a brilliant Christmas themed swing show for corporate events. All your favourite Christmas songs given a swing beat and flavour!

Act Information


Piano / Male Vocal / Trumpet
Alto Sax / Female Vocal / Clarinet / Flute
Double Bass
Tenor Sax / Male Vocal / Clarinet / Flute /
2nd Alto Sax / Male Vocal / Viola
Baritone Sax / Flute

Extra Line-up(s)

Early dinner set (trio) availble, also solo Piano. Bg. CD covering breaks.
extra musicians available:-
2nd Tenor Sax
Trumpet 1
Trumpet 2

Also included

500 to 2000 watt pa plus monitor system.

total 2,400 watt lighting cans on 2x's T bar.


South East based and will travel to these areas: South East, South West, Midlands, Wales.

Previous Clients

Most major West End Hotels, Leicester Square Theatre, Chelsea Flower Show, Parties for Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Theatres throughout the UK, The Treasury, Labour Party Conference, B.B.C. Children in Need, party for B.B.C 'Strictly Dance Fever' finalists, B.T James Bond themed nights, Blenheim Palace etc...


Booked First Class Swing for a charity tea dance in Wivenhoe on the 9th August and they were fantastic. We've had lots of enquiries asking when we are going to hold such an event again- everyone was up dancing!

Thank you for making this a great day




Thank you for keeping my details on file. The event went really well with over 350 people in the venue. I found the band to be very cooperative and it was good working with them.

-Adam Swain Production Services

Really enjoyed your perfomance last night.


Saw your show at Kings Lynn last night; to say we were pleasantly surprised would be putting it mildly. Purchased your CD so can listen again and again, thanks for a great evening
Derek & Ivy Wood, Wisbech


What a great night! Great music, talented musicians and vocalists, original arrangments... We can't wait for a return visit by the band to Northamptonshire- please make it soon. In the meantime we'll have to make do with the Album we've just ordered! PS Just how does Chris play keyboard and Trumpet at the same time? (From an envious brass player!)
Ros & Trevor Livsey, Stirrup Cup Barton Seagrave


We were lucky enough to see this wonderful band on the 27th March 2008. A combination of brilliant musicians and stunning arrangements left us wanting more at the end of a magical evening.
Jim & Jean Rouse, Stirrup Cup Barton Seagrave


Just seen the band at The Municipal Hall Colne and what a great show from a very talented group of musicians - well done and thanks for a great night out. 26th Oct 2007.
Richard Roberts, Barnoldswick, Lancs


Fabulous band, really enjoyed the evening, and the versatility of all the band members.


I was sceptical at first that they could come up with the goods with only 7 players, but WOW did they deliver!!! The controlled tight and virtuosic ensemble playing was without peer. Great arrangements from Chris Smith, the whole band showed its multifarious diversity in every swinging number... and where did Stephen Davies learn to do all that stuff?! I commend them to the house! Alexander Testbridge, Cleethorpes




Arrived over 70 but left a teenager again what more can I say except thank you so much
Doris Swift, Brentwood


Hi, thoroughly enjoyed the concert tonight. It was the best evening we have had for many years. You all took my wife and me down memory lane and made us feel like teenagers again. I wanted to jive but the wife felt embarrassed. Thank you for all the hard work you put in.
Bryan Roth, Brentwood


Hi all, Came to a show of yours recently and thought you were fantastic. Next time you are in or around MK I will be bringing friends to see you. Catch you soon,
Luke Palmer, Milton Keynes


A big thank you for helping our special day go with a swing ! You were all fantastic! We'll be sure to find an occasion to book you again.
Lyndsey & Paul Wells, Wedding Day


I Just wanted to write to thank First Class Swing for playing at our "1940's night". You interpreted the mood of the event perfectly and helped maintain the atmosphere right to the end. Hopefully we'll have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.
Collegiate School, Berkhamstead


Thank you from us here at Prelude Entertainment; it was a pleasure to work with you and hopefully it
Prelude Entertainment,


My client was very pleased with the music provided for the evening of theirs.
Imperial War Museum,


...And, for those who weren't on the airfield, there was a big 'Swing Thing' in action in the American Air Museum where folk were frocked up in 1940's style - swinging their all to the First Class Swing Band.
Children In Need , BBC TV


Thanks to First Class Swing for making the Ball a big success, everyone was up dancing. The band was so versatile and all great performers
Blenheim Palace,


Can you please pass my thanks to First Class Swing. The music last night was superb and I received some fantastic co


Big swing band sound even with a 5-piece sound
Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists
Repertoire covering swing eara PLUS 60 /motown section



Male Vocal
Mr Bojangles
It Had To Be You
Something Stupid
I�ve Got You Under My Skin
Were or When
All The Way
Fly Me To The Moon
The Girl From Ippaneima
New York New York
You Make Me Feel So Young
The Lady Is a Tramp
Come Fly With Me
My Kind of Town
I Get a Kick Out of You
How About You
Nice and Easy
Strangers In The Night
King of the Swingers
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Something Stupid
Allright OK You Win
The Way Youy Look Tonight
That's Life
Female Vocal
Don't Get Around Much..
Almost Like Being In Love
Orange Coloured Sky
Get Happy
Paper Moon
A Foggy Day
Fly Me to the Moon
Don�t Sit Under The Apple Tree
Chattanooga Choo Choo
The Very Thought Of You
I Know Why
That Old Devil Called Love
All of Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cany Buy Me Love
Dream A Little Deam
Glenn Miller
In the Mood
Don�t Sit Under The Apple Three
American Patrol
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Pennsylvania 65000
String of Pearls
Moonlight Serenade
Little Brown Jug
(Glenn Miller Contin�)
Tuxedo Junction
I Know Why
Other Big Band Classics
Begin The Beguine
Opus One
Sing Sing Sing
Flying Home
Jersey Bounce
Hot Toddy
Parkinson Show Theme
It�s You or No One
Salute To The Band Box
Pick Yourself Up
Pink Panther
Moose The Mooshe
A Night In Tunisia
Blues Brothers Medley
Take 5
Dear Hunter Theme
War-time Sing-a-longs
It�s A Long Way To Tipperary
Pack Up Your Troubles�
We�ll Meet again
Lilli Marlene
The White Cliffs Of Dover
I�ll Be Seeing You
There�ll Always Be An England
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
I�ll Never Smile Again
Bless �Em All
Roll Out The Barrel
Run Rabbit Run
Wish Me Luck
We�re Gonna� Hang Out The Washing
Kiss Me Good Night Sergeant-Major
Jazz & Blues
Moose The Mooshe
A Night In Tunisia
Blues Brothers Medley
Take 5
O.K. Alright You Win
Blue Moon
Syrup of Phiggs
Over and Over Again
Sweet Home Chicago
Everybody Needs Somebody
Gimmie Some Lovin'
Sweet Home Chicago
Soul Man
Midnight Hour
Peter Gunn Theme
Mustang Sally
Rock 'n' Roll Medley
Knock on Wood

Extra Costs

The price brackets above should be used as a guide only as all quotes are bespoke.

Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.

(If you require the act to perform longer than these times you may incur extra costs.)

Travel costs vary depending on the act and will be included to the quote given to you by our agents.

Our acts would usually expect to arrive around 6pm and to be finished around midnight.

(If you need the act to arrive earlier or finish later there may be extra costs but these can be negotiated.)