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Wessex Big Band

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About Wessex Big Band

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Wessex Big Band are a full 22 piece band with vocals, playing a wide range of swing, standards, Latin and jazz to suit all occasions.

Based around Yeovil, Somerset, England - Wessex Big Band plays a wide repertoire of popular music from the 1930s to the present day. We have an impressive library of more than 300 music scores from which an optimum program for your event can be selected. A typical program of music caters for all musical tastes and includes big band standards made famous by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Perez Prado etc together with a selection of popular and contemporary music. The band is a full 22 piece lineup including vocalist Kelly.

Performance details
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform with backing tracks
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Jazz, Blues, Latin jazz, Swing, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Woodchoppers Ball
Old devil moon
Don’t it make my brown eyes
Autumn leaves
Flying home
Over the rainbow
Cherry Pink and apple blossom white
A night in Tunisia
Night & day
Blue skies
Village people
Nice n’ easy
Jumping at the woodside
Don’t get around much anymore
Shiny stockings
Fly me to the moon
Killer Joe
Bossa nova USA
Cry me a river
Big noise from Winnetka
Its Only a Paper moon
Sing sing sing
Money – that’s what I want
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We work as a full 22 piece big band including vocalist.

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.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time.

Can you roam around while you perform?

No - we definitely need to be seated!

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 system is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 10m by 5m space to perform.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a big band number isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special number you'd like us to play we are happy to research it for you and include it if we can.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our energy, and authentic big band sound.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Venues we have performed at in the last couple of years include: Sherborne Abbey Westlands centre Haynes motor musem Chard town hall Curry Rivel Festival Langport steam fair

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Perez Prado, Dave Brubeck, Louis Prima.

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

In recent times - Sherborne Abbey.