Big band

The Donut Kings

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About The Donut Kings

Big band
The Donut Kings is one of Oxford and London's most exciting big bands, playing at college balls, society/private events, and in concert.

Since its inception in 2001, The Donut Kings has been ever-present on the Oxford University music circuit. Performing extensively across the city at a variety of functions and events, the band has garnered a reputation for musical excellence and professionalism. The band was founded with the ambition of establishing itself as a marquee student ensemble. Alongside regular domestic performances, tours to Jersey and Canada were successfully completed in the early 2000s, as The Donut Kings sought to maximise the opportunities available to them as a quality student jazz outfit from Oxford University, which extended to recording albums in 2003, 2008, and 2014. The band has enjoyed two more tours in recent years; to Bangladesh in 2017 (led by Tanzil Rahman, former MD of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra), and to Lyon / Bilbao in 2019 under the leadership of former MD Mikey Ahearn. 'The Donut Kings' brand derives from the eponymous tune 'Donut King', composed by Nick Capocci, which was the final track of the band's first album. The reputation acquired under the name, with its 'off-the-wall' charm, means it is now a household name of the Oxford jazz scene, enabling the band to attract some of the best jazz talent at the university drawn from a variety of academic disciplines. The group is diverse but cohesive, bonded by musical excellence and enthusiasm. This has led to numerous appearances at prestigious jazz festivals and venues across the world, including Jazz à Vienne, Montreux, North Sea, and Bilbao's Kafé Antzokia.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Christmas, 1960s era music, Jazz, Blues, Swing
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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