Wessex Big Band
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About Wessex Big Band
Public liability insurance of £10 million
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.
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
Old devil moon
Don’t it make my brown eyes
Over the rainbow
Cherry Pink and apple blossom white
A night in Tunisia
Night & day
Nice n’ easy
Jumping at the woodside
Don’t get around much anymore
Fly me to the moon
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
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.