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Kalamazoo Dance Band

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About Kalamazoo Dance Band

Big band
Derbyshire
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Perfect for weddings, 40's war theme, Rat Pack - any party that requires the best in Big Band and swing music. An excellent 10 piece dance

A superb 1940’s Big Band in the Glenn Miller style presenting in authentic US Army Air Force uniforms and can also include our own Andrews Sisters tribute in RAF uniforms - recreating the magic of the swing era Kalamazoo Dance Band are a UK-based function band who perform music for wedding receptions, corporate events and private parties. A hugely versatile ensemble, the band has a varied set list of music great at getting audiences of all ages up and dancing. The band also provide sophisticated background jazz music, the perfect backdrop to a drinks reception. The band are available in various line-ups With previous clients including GE, Philips, Hollywood film production Ohantom Thread, BBC world cup anthem and Chris Evans Carfest, you know you're in safe hands when booking one of the country's most popular big bands.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We can perform with backing tracks
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Latin jazz, Swing, Postmodern jukebox jazz, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Samba, Tango, Bossa nova, Rock 'n' Roll, Easy listening, Light music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Christmas
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Types:
Big band, Period orchestra, Modern jazz band, Swing & Jive band, New Orleans / dixieland band, Vintage-themed jazz band, Jazz band, Vintage-themed band, Wedding band
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

swing
rock n roll
pop
ballads
movie themes
programme is built with you
Whether it be a full live band we provide or a solo sax player - I have the backing tracks to play a huge range of music according to your requirement, whether that be modern pop songs, jazz, gentle ballads, swing tunes, rock n roll
- I will also teach your guests various dance styles to get them all involved in the party atmosphere
Here is a small selection - but not limited to at all -
Do nothin' 'till you hear from me
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
Misty
Jeepers Creepers
Moonlight in Vermont
On Greene Dolphin Street
Jump, jive n wail
Anything Is possible
come away with me
Come undone
Cry me a river
Hero
On the Horizon
Sound of the underground
Hit the road jack
Spirit in the sky
Fever
Harlem Nocturne
Li'l darlin'
I wish I dealt in Harlem
Moonglow
Round Midnight
Why don't you do right
Blue Monday
Everything I do, I do it for you
Theme from Titanic
I don't want to miss a thing
I will always love you
Star Wars theme
The Wind beneath my wings
You can leave your hat on
Ain't nobody hear but us chickens
Swing that music
Zoot suit riot
Fly me to the moon
A large selection of Christmas tunes
Blue Suede shoes
Jailhouse rock
Hound dog
Rock around the clock
Summertime
Stardust
Shadow of your smile
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

happy to discuss smaller or larger band line ups as required Our line-up is as follows: Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Bass Guitar Drums. We also have a 7 -10 piece option that includes Sax and Trumpet and an Andrews Sisters tribute group

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

“Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.”

How much time do you need to set up?

“We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!”

Can you roam around while you perform?

“Yes - we either perform acoustically or with microphones attached to our instruments so we can move around freely.”

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

“Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. ”

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

“Our PA and lighting system is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 3m by 4m space to perform”

Can you learn song requests before the event?

“If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. ”

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Three main points I would say 1 That we play to a very high standard and video record every event we play at 2 That we always engage with the customer to ensure the music programme is exactly what they want 3 our audience interaction is well renowned for creating a wonderful atmosphere We treat every event with high priority to ensure complete satisfaction

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

we have played at the Olympia in London, the O2 in London, numerous town hall and concert halls across the Uk - the Albert Hall in london, wintergardens and tower ballroom in Blackpool as well as numerous high quality hotels across Europe and the Middle east.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Woody Hermann, Benny Goodman,

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

we have played at numerous high profile events including featuring in a major hollywood film Phantom Thread starring Sir Daniel Day Lewis - also played support to jools Holland at Carfest North and also on the film set for Peaky Blinders

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

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Reviews

From customers:

Ann ), 1 year ago

Hello Kal, Well what can I say, a huge thank you for making our event such a success it was great and enjoyed by all. It was wonderful to see all those bodies on the Dance floor enjoying such fun and learning new steps instructed by yourself and Andrew and his team lovely to watch also Red and Ginger and the other dancers who came along with them. Your band is excellent and we will have you back no doubts !!

Andrew C, 1 year ago

What a night of dancing To Kals Kats. Brilliant music, fun workshops and good company, it doesn't get better than that! Ian an Natalie Cookson

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