British big bands


Thought we on this side of the pond could blow a few of our own trumpets, trombones, saxes and beat a few drums.

Jack Parnell

Don Lusher

Syd Lawrence Orchestra

Ted Heath

and the Squadronaires live again

(all serving members of the Royal Air Force military bands)


I just found a CD by the present day Squadronaires released in 2010 commemorating 70th anniversary since they formed in 1940, all tracks are Glenn Miller numbers, available on Amazon, just downloaded it.

Now playing, so far sounds like Miller arrangements, Boogie Woogie Bugle boy has a girl group sounding about right.


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Hi Mike, whats happening.
I just cant keep track of the wonderful wealth of music you are shooting at us.
You've got me furiously digging out my old stuff.


Chief assistant to the assistant chief
Do you remember the phase 4 12'' Vinals they were the best on the market at the time I still have a couple BIG BAND BASH being one of them here is a Heath track for a bit of fun.



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I personally like those one's:

Billy Cotton Margie
Carroll Gibbons A Foggy Day
Jack Hylton Swing Is In The Air
Bert Firman Swing High, Swing Low
Ambrose Cotton Pickers' Congregation
Geraldo Let The People Sing
Ray Noble What A Perfect Combination
Roy Fox I Stumbled Over Love
Oscar Rabin I'm Nobody's Baby
Lew Stone White Jazz
Victor Silvester Goodbye Blues
Jay Wilbur Where Were You On The Night Of June The Third?
Paul Fenoulhet October Mood
Madame Tussaud's Dance Orchestra Wild Goose Chase
Jack Payne She's My Slip Of A Girl
Spike Hughes I Like To Do Things For You
Sidney Lipton That's What Life Is Made Of
Harry Roy Canadian Capers
Henry Hall Goody Goody
Joe Loss At The Woodchoppers Ball

Mostly because that's the first CD with jazz I got, and still the most favorite one BTW it's called British Big Bands