We saw in the New Year in style at Champneys Henlow. Thankfully the usual very healthy style was relaxed and plenty of champagne flowing to get everyone in the party mood and dancing till the early hours.
Congratulations to Joanna & Leo – very happy to be chosen to play for their wedding party. What a great crowd on a very warm evening at the beautiful 700 year old Great Barn. Possibly the oldest venue we have ever played at (dates back to 13th century) – there are strict regulations on sound levels but we managed to create a good atmosphere and had guests dancing all evening.
Although I’ve lived there all my life we don’t work locally that often so was great to get a booking for our wedding band in Ruislip.
Another change of style for the jazz & swing band – we were asked to play for a 1920s / Great Gatsby themed corporate event recently at the luxury Beaumont House in Windsor. Even though not a totally “authentic” 20s line-up (no sousaphone or banjo!) the client thought the sound and style were perfect. With a possible repertoire of around 80 tunes from the era and massively experienced Pasadena Roof Orchestra regular Ben Cummings on trumpet the evening was a great success.
Quite a departure from the usual party & function band music on Saturday afternoon as played solo for a halloween party at a local residential care home. Had to call on the rather older material from the repertoire – haven’t played some of them for a very long time. Always more than happy providing entertainment for the elderly – they’re always a very appreciative audience!
Rather behind in news from Summer events but one of the most enjoyable to be involved with was playing outdoors at the Olympic rowing venue at Dorney Lake on 30th June. This was with a 5 piece jazz & swing band line-up (including trumpet and sax) playing for family and friends of British Gas employees who were swimming a mile in the lake as part of “British Gas Swims Britain” a nationwide event raising more than £250,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Was nice sunny summer day but wind blowing across the lake was quite something.
Unusual event last week for the jazz trio playing for one of London’s oldest private banks in the “square mile”.
Although one of the busiest parts of the city we were outdoors in their large garden – just missed the rain thankfully.
Compact but tasteful venue hidden away in the outskirts of the town. We had the four piece with girl singer line-up – crowd was up and dancing straight away – just a shame that the evening seemed to fly by and was over all too soon!
In addition to the Ladies Song (see previous post) we also provide accompaniment for the Masonic Grace.
Usually masonic ladies nights bands are required to provide accompaniment for The Ladies Song. Our pianist would usually do this or it can be the full band if preferred.
These days it is usually performed by a member of the Lodge, the toastmaster or a “choir” of Lodge members seems to becoming increasingly popular.
We have played for several different version of the Masonic Ladies Song over the years and the words for the more popular ones (including several variations) are on our Masonic Ladies Song page.