Big Bands - Fantasia Music

Hire the best Big Bands in the UK with Fantasia Music the country’s leading Jazz music specialists.

Big Bands play swing music from the golden era of Jazz which gave us the great Jazz Orchestras of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Woody herman, Stan Kenton and of course the great Glenn Miller. Big Bands vary in size but a classic line up includes eighteen musicians and singers and is a sight and sound once heard never forgotten.

There are of course some bands which play purely the music of Glenn Miller and these bands continue to be the most popular playing songs such as ‘Moonlight Serenade’, ‘In The Mood’, ‘Tuxedo Junction’ and ‘American Patrol’, however more music from the Big Band era will be known to most with songs such as ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, ‘April In Paris’, ‘Mack the Knife’, ‘Take the A Train’ and ‘Begin the Beguine’.

Big Bands play for large events such as balls, dances, concerts and festivals and are ever popular for events such as D Day celebrations, Air festivals and Retro events such as Goodwood revival, Twinwood and the War and Peace Festival. The UK is home to some of the most celebrated Big Bands and they are available to book through Fantasia Music.

Hire one of the UK’s best Big Bands from our selection of bands below. Click the photo of your chosen band to visit the band’s page where you can read about them, see photos, hear audio and much more!

Five Star Swing

Big Bands, Jazz, Swing Bands.

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Five Star Swing – a band that plays music of the ‘Swing’ Era. Five Star Swing band play the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Sinatra and many more. The band is flexible in size and available from a compact 5 piece right through to a big band to accommodate various budgets and venues…. Read more »


Glenn Miller Orchestra UK

Big Bands, Jazz.

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK was formed in 1988 in conjunction with Glenn Miller Productions of New York. The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK has maintained the exact line-up on stage devised by Glenn, consisting of the leader, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and three rhythm plus a male and female vocalist. The singers perform… Read more »


String Of Pearls Orchestra

Big Bands, Jazz.

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The String of Pearls Orchestra features some of the finest jazz musicians in the UK and is a popular choice for weddings, parties and corporate events. The orchestra is Led by trumpeter/pianist Chris Smith Jnr, who has appeared at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, played on BBC Breakfast TV, Top Of The Pops, The Royal Variety… Read more »


Syd Lawrence Orchestra

Big Bands, Jazz.

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The Syd Lawrence Orchestra – A world class Big Band Founded in 1967 by trumpeter and arranger Syd Lawrence, The fabulous SYD LAWRENCE ORCHESTRA has been thrilling audiences in Concert Halls, Theatres, TV Shows and Music Festivals all over Great Britain and Continental Europe for over 40 years. Renowned for it’s exciting blend of high… Read more »


The Joe Loss Orchestra

Big Bands, Jazz.

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Britains’ most popular music orchestra of the past 50 years is The Joe Loss Orchestra. The orchestra perform world-wide, and during their 1978 world tour were invited to be the first western dance orchestra to perform in the Republic of China, returning there on three further occasions. The orchestra have performed at two Royal Weddings… Read more »


The John Miller Orchestra

Big Bands, Jazz.

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The John Miller Orchestra is the only Big Band in the world today performing the music of Glenn Miler with direct family links to the great man himself. Formerly the Herb Miller Orchestra, Herb Miller developed his musical talent very much under the guidance of his elder brother Glenn, and went on to form various… Read more »