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Carlton Park – The Season Opener

There was a warm welcome and a good audience turn out for the season opener at Carlton Park Hotel. The band played well known tunes and songs ranging from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra to name a few.

Highlights of the night included Jamie singing in his best Spanish accent to Sway! Birthday celebrations for our long standing band member Andy (who came to the gig actually on his birthday to help us out!) and to top it all the MD is now looking at flights to Lanzarote! Thanks guys!

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Hope to see you all on Sunday 12th October for our 100 years of big band night.

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Rotherham Winter Season Opener

Well it’s soon come around; this Sunday evening (14 Sep) is the season opener at Carlton Park. Many thanks to people who have told us they’re spreading the word.

Just a reminder that the concert will start at 7:30pm rather than 8pm. Entry is still £5 on the door.

For all you guys n gals of the band reading this that means that we need to be there for 5:30pm but it won’t cost you a fiver to get in!

Details of the rest of the Rotherham season can be found here. We hope to see lots of you on Sunday evening.

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Filey Lifeboat Day

For the first time in about 15 years it was a bit of an unusual set up at Filey Lifeboat Day, as unfortunately the weather wasn’t kind to us (it absolutely bucketed it down with rain) but we didn’t let that spoil the proceedings or stop several portions of fish and chips!

A number of people had made the journey to Filey especially to raise money for the RNLI so we played in the lifeboat house itself of which we had a captive audience! Half time drinks were held in the Cobble Landing Bar for the band and a good time was had by all. Jamie Shaw modelled his brand new wellies which came in handy given the amount of water just outside the bar.

It really was a shame about the weather but hopefully Filey RNLI have raised sufficient funds through the army of dedicated volunteers & The Dearne Big Band & Singers.  A big thank you to everyone who made the journey over and we look forward to a dry Filey Lifeboat Day next year!

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Filey Lifeboat Day

The Dearne Big Band and Singers have a long history of events in Filey. The lifeboat day is a favourite of the year for the band and somewhat of a tradition, this year we’ll be playing on Sunday 10th August 2014. Years ago we used to play in front of the actual lifeboat house with the lifeboat still in place! However we now reside just a little way along the promenade next to the ice-cream kiosk and more importantly in front of some shelter from the east coasts variable weather, we’ve booked the sunshine again for this year!

 

We’ll be arriving to set up around 12 noon and will be playing a couple of sets to raise fund for the Filey Lifeboat from 1pm onwards. We normally take a break for the very impressive display by the Sea King helicopter and the lifeboat pictured above.

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Armed Forces Day Dance

Well that was a wonderful evening.  Lots of people got into the spirit and donned their 1940’s regalia, none more so than the event organiser Elaine Humpheries from Friends of Clifton Park. Elaine is pictured to the right of Loraine our Musical Director in the photograph above.

The band also had a great time listening to Mike Mullarkey who had everybody singing along. He even enlisted the boys of the band to be his backing singers for Swing Low Sweet Chariot, some dubious harmonies could be heard!

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Armed Forces Day Dance

Our next engagement is at the Armed Forces Day Dance which is being held in Clifton Park at Rotherham. Its on the 28 June 2014, starting at 7:30pm and tickets are £6.00

Its being held in the courtyard of The Garden Building at Clifton Park. It promises to be a wonderful evening of nostalgia and music in the open air of the courtyard.

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Bring your own ‘rations’, chairs or cushions. Uniforms optional!

More information can be found about the event along with how to buy tickets can be found here: www.rotherham.gov.uk

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New Website

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the new all singing, all dancing (maybe not) but definitely all music Dearne Big Band and Singers website.

The plan is to keep this up to date with what we’re up to, where we’re playing plus some feedback  and thoughts about the concerts we’ve played. We hope you’ll find this interesting and that it will give you an insight into the band.

Also for those of you out there who are interested in booking the band there are some pages on the menu at the top of the web site to give you the history, the repertoire, a quick listen and a quick look as well as information about how you can contact us.

Cheers for now!

The classic 40's big band sound