The Classic Swing Orchestra

Jazz, Swing, Orchestra1
Price from £1,725
Location: North Yorkshire

13-piece swing band performing timeless classics guaranteed to get everyone on their feet!


A compact 13-piece Rat-pack style big band comprising male vocalist, four brass, five saxes and three rhythm
Founded in 1997 with help from The Prince’s Trust, it has become very popular on the corporate, society and wedding circuits.
This great band performs classic swing songs from the radio broadcasts of the thirties, through the Glenn Miller sound of the forties to the Rat-pack days of the fifties and beyond. Well-known big band tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Tom Jones and Neil Diamond and more recently revived by Harry Connick Jnr, Robbie Williams and Michael Bublé.
These guys have played to audiences the length and breadth of the country encouraging young and old to get up and dance. With a repertoire of over a hundred timeless favourites, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.
This band is very versatile. It can perform a mix of styles for a party crowd including audience participation and sing-alongs; strict-tempo sets for a ballroom dance or theme its repertoire for a wartime event.
It is equally at home playing in small venues to audiences of fifty as it is performing to crowds of a thousand and always adjusts its performance area and volume to suit the occasion.
As well as performing at countless weddings, the band has entertained for BMW, The Air Crew Association, Leeds United FC, Elior and ITE Moda amongst others and was very proud to play at Buckingham Palace for The Prince’s Trust Royal Charter Award ceremony.
The members of the band take great pride in their professionalism and enjoy themselves at every event.

Set List

Full repertoire

Glenn Miller
A String Of Pearls
American Patrol
At Last
In The Mood
Little Brown Jug
Moonlight Serenade
Pennsylvania 6-5000
Tuxedo Junction

Bobby Darin
Beyond The Sea
Don’t Rain On My Parade
Mack The Knife

Frank Sinatra
Come Fly With Me
Day In Day Out
Fly Me To The Moon
I Get A Kick Out Of You
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
New York New York
Nice ‘n’ Easy
Night & Day
Pennies From Heaven
Something’s Gotta Give
Strangers In The Night
The Lady Is A Tramp
You Make Me Feel So Young

Nat King Cole
Let There Be Love
Let’s Face The Music And Dance
Straighten Up And Fly Right
When I Fall In Love

Tom Jones
Help Yourself
It’s Not Unusual
Love Me Tonight
Sex Bomb

Neil Diamond
Mr Bojangles
Sweet Caroline

Louis Armstrong
Hello Dolly
Mack The Knife
We Have All The Time In The World

Harry Connick Jr
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
It Had To Be You
It’s All Right With Me
Recipe For Love

Robbie Williams
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head
Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
Have You Met Miss Jones?

Michael Bublé
I Just Haven't Met You Yet
It Had Better Be Tonight
Save The Last Dance For Me
For Once In My Life

Party Songs
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Hawaii 5-0
It Don’t Mean A Thing
King Of The Swingers
Mambo Italiano
Papa Loves Mambo
The Gay Gordons

Cheek To Cheek
Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree
Embraceable You
Goodnight Sweetheart
How High The Moon
I Won’t Dance
I’m Gonna Lock My Heart
It Happened In Monterey
Keep Young & Beautiful
Love Is The Sweetest Thing
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Paper Moon
Song Of India
St Bernard’s Waltz
Star Dust
That Old Black Magic
They Can’t Take That Away From Me

All I Want For Christmas Is You
Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting…)
Frosty The Snowman
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Sleigh Ride
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
White Christmas

Optional Extras

Extra Cost
Add a DJ £173


Wedding, North Yorkshire Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. We had an amazing night and all the guests commented on how fabulous you were.
Review by Faye Hartley
Aug 13, 2016
Family Celebrations, Darlington Thank you for last night. Everyone has said what a fantastic band you are. We all had a fabulous time and we have no hesitation in recommending you. I wanted authentic and I got it! Thanks for learning the Louis Jordan tune too. That made my night.
Review by Graham Stables
Jun 24, 2016
Wedding, Northumberland Thank you so much! We'll definitely be recommending your fantastic band!
Review by Helen Pocock
Apr 2, 2016
Wedding, West Yorkshire You guys were absolutely fantastic and everyone has been raving non stop about how good the band were! Thanks again for letting me on the stage and I wish you every success for the future. You really were brilliant and I will be sure to pass your details on and recommend you to friends and colleagues!
Review by Richard & Charlotte
Oct 10, 2015
Battle of Britain Ball, Bradford Please accept our thanks for such a wonderful performance at the Battle of Britain Ball on the 19th September. The band were wonderful and fitted our evening to perfection. The feedback we have received has been nothing but complimentary, and we would definitely call on your service should we ever be brave enough to do something on this scale again.
Review by Karen Birch
Sep 19, 2015
Wedding, Hull Thank you so much for playing on Sunday night. Our first dance was perfect and just what we wanted! All of our guests loved the music and said how good the sound was. Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra were absolutely more than we could have hoped for and made many happy memories for us.
Review by Kate & Jonathan
Aug 30, 2015
Wedding, Harrogate Thank you and the swing band more than I can say. You were terrific. We are trying to think of an excuse to have another party at which you would play!
Review by Dame Eleanor King
Jun 13, 2015
Wedding, Ilkley Thank you so much for performing on our wedding day. The weather was great and the guests on the terrace enjoyed your sets. The guests comments were very complimentary, you were very much appreciated by them. It was exactly what I had envisaged so you fulfilled a dream for me. So once again please accept and extend our sincere thanks to all concerned.
Review by Rachel Cordingly-Constable
May 9, 2015
Wedding, East Yorkshire Just wanted to say a huuuuge thank you to all of you at The Classic Swing Orchestra. You made the wedding evening truly amazing and absolutely eeeveryone loved you guys! So many people have said to us since the wedding how amazing you guys were! Thank you so so much, we had an absolutely fab time, I’m so glad you could play for us! I think you’ve heard from my sister-in-law Faye and I hear you’ll be playing at her and Carl’s wedding next year! Yay. So we will see you all again then :) Thanks again.
Review by Sophie & Ben
Apr 25, 2015
Remembrance Day 1940s Concert, Bradford Just wanted to say once again what an excellent performance you guys treated our customers to yesterday. Everyone was over the moon and the event was a total success.
Review by Ellen Boyle
Nov 8, 2014
NHS Community Dance, Manchester Fantastic! Could not fault! From the performance to the introducing of the music, absolutely fantastic, could not be any more pleased with the band - huge thank you.
Review by Julie Dowling
Oct 25, 2014
70th Birthday Party, Sheffield Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the rest of the band for helping to make my 60th party such a special occasion. You were fantastic and everyone was asking where I had found you and how good you were. Maybe we'll do it all again when I'm 70.
Review by Jackie Farnsworth
Sep 7, 2014
1940s Army Summer Ball, Yorkshire Just a quick note to thank you for last weekend – the band and disco were excellent. Everyone commented on how good the band was – many thanks. It made for a good evening.
Review by Major Andy Cooper
Jun 14, 2014
Retirement Party, Huddersfield I just wanted to be in touch to say thank you to Mr Swings Dance Orchestra for an excellent evening on Saturday night. How could anyone not be inspired to get up and have a dance to such great music! We feel, with your help, Gordon's retirement has got off to a brilliant start!
Review by Jean Selbie
Apr 12, 2014
Corporate Awards Night, Imperial War Museum On behalf of our client and ourselves, we would like to extend a huge thank you for helping to make the Elior Awards Event on Friday 14th March such a huge success! The feedback we have received is that this has been the best Elior awards night yet, praise indeed! Everything went like clockwork on the night which was a testament to the professionalism and calibre of each and every person that contributed to the event. Please can you pass our thanks on to every single member of the band; you guys really made the show and the stings were fantastic! Your contribution was key to the success of the night all the way through and you delivered to a phenomenal standard. We hope you enjoyed the evening also and have some great memories from it, you have set a very high standard for next years event! Needless to say we will be in touch again for future events.
Review by Rachel Kearns
Mar 14, 2014
Wedding, York Thank you and the band so much for providing the music to our wedding last night. As I’m sure you’d expect, very many of our guests expressed their admiration of your performance. However, we’d heard you before and knew what to expect. Notwithstanding, your wedding swing band over-delivered on our expectations and we had an absolutely fantastic evening of music and dance thanks to you and you colleagues. We were genuinely delighted with your delivery and the way you made the party swing. Again, thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again at your public performances.
Review by Graham & Janet Lishman
Jul 20, 2013
Wedding, North Yorkshire We just want to say what a fabulous night Saturday was. You made our wedding so memorable, particularly when you let our friend up there with you! We will be recommending your wedding swing band to all our friends. You have already received a great deal of compliments from those who were there!
Review by Caroline & Jack Lewis
Jul 13, 2013
Dance Night, York We had such a lovely time at the De Grey rooms last night dancing to your superb band that we would love the opportunity to do it again. You told my husband to email you for a list of upcoming appearances; I would be grateful if you could let me know. Thanks for a fab evening.
Review by Trish Watson
May 4, 2013
Wedding, Harrogate Thank you for the excellent entertainment - it was even better than we expected and everyone has given us very positive feedback about the swing band. In fact I am listening to your cd as i type this.
Review by Lucy & Paul
Dec 8, 2012
Wedding, Durham We’d just like to say a massive thank you to you and your swing band for performing at our wedding on Saturday 8th Sept 2012 at Beamish Hall. The overall presentation was extremely professional from start to finish and the standard of the music was superb – we had a lot of guests who are musicians including the bride, and they’re still all talking about the quality of your performance! We all thought that the way you got everyone involved with certain musical numbers was great fun and created a whole new dimension to the evening. We have had lots of guests comment on how much fun they had dancing and how incredible your performance was. Quite a few guests said that you were the best swing band they’ve seen at a wedding by a long way. We are also very grateful to you all for learning That’s Amoré for our first dance. It was an excellent rendition – so much so, that we danced to it twice! All in all, The Classic Dance Orchestra played a very big part in making our wedding day so special and unique! We will certainly be recommending you to everyone we know and I’m sure our guests will be too. You will be talked about with great delight for many years to come!
Review by Jill & Simon Cox
Sep 15, 2012
Wedding, York Just wanted to say a huge 'thank you' for a great night on Saturday at Kate and Matt's wedding. We had a fantastic evening and all of the guests enjoyed it. The acoustics in the National Railway Museum were very good. Would not hesitate in recommending your swing band in the future.
Review by Chris Nicholls
Dec 31, 2011
Battle of Britain Ball A huge thanks to you and the band in contributing to a very successful Battle of Britain Ball on Fri 23 Sep 11. The music was varied, fun and had the dance floor full from start to finish. This is the 3rd time I have seen the swing band and each time there has been a different arrangement or new tune to add to each occasion. Looking forward to next year.
Review by Andy Rice
Sep 23, 2011
Wedding, Nottinghamshire Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. The music was fantastic and all the swing band members were wonderful. Everyone commented on how amazing you were. We will definitely be recommending you in the future. Many thanks.
Review by Jane & James Parkin
Jun 4, 2011
Wedding, North Yorkshire I just want to thank you so much for making our wedding celebrations so perfect. Everyone who came has fed back to us how amazing you were. You were absolutely stunning and I loved every minute of your sets - terrific voice and music. It was lovely to see everyone dancing - from my 6 year old niece to my 83 year old aunt! Thank you so much.
Review by Helen & Giles Carr
Apr 9, 2011
Wedding, Leeds If I didn't say it enough to you last Saturday (or to any other member of the swing band I could find!), thank you so much for the amazing set you did at our wedding! What a fabulous night! The swing band was something I was really looking forward to and you exceeded all expectations - it was amazing! From start to finish, we loved every second of it and the fact that you were able to play 'Let There Be Love' for our first dance made it even more special and meant a lot to both of us. Every one of our guests came and told us how much they loved the swing band and I'm not sure there was a single song you played when Phil and I weren't up on the dance floor! I've never seen my dad and uncle as animated as when they were singing along to 'Delilah' and even my 87 year old grandma joined the conga line at the end of the night! It was everything that we imagined it would be and more; The Classic Swing Orchestra really did help to make it the best day of our lives. I know I managed to accost most members of the swing band on the night but can you please pass on our most heart-felt thanks to everyone involved - the band was truly fantastic! We've been singing 'Ain't that a kick in the head' all week! I'll email you any pictures that we get through from our photographer. From your most enthusiastic fans.
Review by Rachel & Phil Probert
Feb 26, 2011
40th Birthday Party, Darlington We just wanted you to know that your swing band were absolutely fantastic last night and made Karen's celebrations so special. Everyone we have seen today has said how good you were and how professional. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to such a talented group and you should all be so proud of the ability you hold. Everyone would recommend you all over the North East and that to me says it all. Good luck for the future."
Review by Jon Coates
Feb 12, 2011
Wedding, York We just wanted to drop you a note to thank you so much for the music at our wedding. We have received so many compliments about the swing band that we hope you can pass on to all of the members. Special thanks for putting together the My Funny Valentine piece for Karen's parents, they really appreciated it. We both had the most fantastic day and one we'll remember forever, thank you so much for being a part of it.
Review by Guy & Karen Bowyer
May 2, 2010
Wedding, York A fantastic professional performance. I must say that you now are the Number One swing band in my estimation. By far the best sets I have had the privilege of enjoying. I highly recommend you and your swing band to everyone. It made the wedding day perfect. Thank you.
Review by Stuart Browne
Mar 27, 2010
Christmas Ball This was my first ever swing band concert and what can I say – it was fantastic – I didn’t realise how good they were! What a great evening. We travelled in ice, snow, high heels and dresses and it was very worth it. Fabulous music and excellent entertainment. It really started off my Christmas. Can’t wait for next year.
Review by Lorraine Knowles
Dec 11, 2009
Wedding, East Yorkshire Just to say a big thank you to you and your wonderful swing band for providing such wonderful music and entertainment for our evening reception. We both thought it was brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Review by Jo & Glynn Alderman
Sep 13, 2008
Wedding, Harrogate What can I say? Simply fantastic. Spot-on entertainment that kept the dance-floor packed from beginning to end. Your team's professionalism shone out on the day by a country mile and they're the kind of standards i love and expect! The band was absolutely fantastic. The set up, look and standard of music was second to none and the many comments we received back from our guests reflected this. The vocals from your lead singer were simply stunning. Also, the accompanying disco that you provided for us was absolutely fantastic too and together with the band it made for perfect wedding entertainment. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services. Thanks again and should the opportunity arise I hope to book you again one day.
Review by Tom Broughton
Aug 18, 2007
Wedding, Leeds Thank you so much for providing wonderful music at our wedding. We all really enjoyed ourselves and had a fab evening dancing! See you at the Christmas ‘do’! Thanks again.
Review by Katrina & Doug Ellison
Aug 5, 2006
Wedding, Driffield The music in church was well-judged and the positioning exactly right – my thanks to you and Julie. The swing band too went down very well and we notched up a good number of brownie points among locals who’d already heard you play. Even shady expatriates can get hold of the right band from time to time.
Review by Robin Alder
Jul 29, 2006
Silver Wedding Anniversary, Bridlington We would like to thank you and the swing band for making our silver wedding anniversary so special and such a memorable occasion for us. We had such a perfect evening and we are sure all our family and friends enjoyed themselves as much as we did. We would like to think if in the future we have another occasion to celebrate that you guys would be there!
Review by Malcolm & Angela Stather
Oct 22, 2005
Leeds United Testimonial Dinner I felt I must write to thank you for the part you played in making the ball so successful. I have had many telephone calls since and everyone says it was the best event they have ever been to at Elland Road. I am fully aware that without your help this would not necessarily have been the case. I could not have wished for a better start to my testimonial year.
Review by Lucas Radebe
Apr 17, 2005
Wedding, Harrogate I think I thanked you about a dozen times on the night but once again thank you so much for making our wedding such a magical day. Everyone enjoyed the band and would have danced to you all night. We have both been singing King of the Swingers ever since. Keep us informed of any future events.
Review by Chris & Claire McManus
Feb 12, 2005
Wedding, Manchester Please will you pass on our thanks to all members of the orchestra. We have such good memories of our friends having a great time when the swing band was playing and loads of people have been in touch to say how much they enjoyed the music. We really hope to see you perform again in the North West but until then we shall continue enjoying listening to the CD – it has enlivened every car journey since we returned from honeymoon. Many thanks once again.
Review by Nicky & Matt Bainbridge
Aug 1, 2004
Harrison Developments Summer Party, York Many of my colleagues have let me know this morning how much they enjoyed the evening’s entertainment and look forward to hearing you again in the future. We shall certainly keep your details to hand should we have need of a swing band again.
Review by M. Harrison
Jun 8, 2003
Wedding, Carlton Towers, North Yorkshire We would like to thank you and the swing band for making Clare and Terry’s wedding reception an occasion we shall never forget. The music was magic and enjoyed by both old and young.
Review by Denis & Mary Peckett
May 10, 2003
Wedding, Sheffield A huge thank-you for your fantastic performance at our wedding. Everyone thought you were brilliant and have been talking of nothing else! We had a perfect day and you were a big reason for that. The disco was spot on too; ’Not one dud’ as someone was heard to shriek!
Review by Camilla & Howard Bottomley
Feb 15, 2003
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