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Summer Ball 2018

The Dearne Big Band & Singers has been entertaining audiences for 40 years, and to celebrate we are holding our annual Summer Ball on the 30th June 2018 at the Holiday Inn Barnsley. This is a ticket only event.

All the proceeds of the evening go to the Barnsley Youth Jazz Association.

Join us for a fantastic evening of music food and great entertainment!

There will be a 3 course meal, followed by Live Music from the Dearne Big Band and Singers.

Held at the Holiday Inn Barnsley, tickets are £30 per person, or £260 for a table of 10. To reserve your place please call 07519 593091 or email theball@dbb.org.uk

Dress Code: Formal

Tickets for this night usually sell fast, so to avoid disappointment call today !!!!!

All the proceeds of the evening go to the Barnsley Youth Jazz Association

Winter Season 2015 – 2016

Sunday sees the return of our “Winter Season” of concerts at both Carlton Park Hotel in Rotherham, and the Holiday Inn at Barnsley.

Concerts start at 7:30pm entry is £5.00 on the door, all proceeds from these concerts goes towards the Barnsley Youth Jazz Association promoting “Music for All”

Winter Season Rotherham 2015 – 2016
The Dearne Big Band & Singers Present

  • Sunday 13th Sep 2015 – The Season Opener
  • Sunday 11th Oct 2015 – Music from Stage and Screen
  • Sunday 15th Nov 2015 – Music from the Glenn Miller Years
  • Sunday 17th Jan 2016 – 100 Years of Big Band
  • Sunday 14th Feb 2016 – Sinatra and Ella Evening
  • Sunday 13th Mar 2016 – An evening of Big Band Classics with                                                                  special guests SYMCS


Winter Season Barnsley 2015 – 2016
The Dearne Big Band & Singers Present

  • Sunday 27th Sep 2015 – The Season Opener
  • Sunday 25th Oct 2015 – Music from Stage and Screen
  • Sunday 29th Nov 2015 – Music from the Glen Miller Years
  • Sunday 31st Jan 2016 – 100 Years of Big Band
  • Sunday 28th Feb 2016 – Sinatra and Ella Evening
  • Sunday 20th Mar 2016 – Something old, Something New

We look forward to seeing you all at one or more of the above dates.

An evening with Colin Anthony

This coming Sunday (30 November) marks the return of Colin Anthony performing with the Dearne Big Band this time at the Holiday Inn Dodworth. As a little reminder of what the evening is about here’s an article which was published in the Barnsley Chronicle last year.

Popular local band gets supports from Professional Star.

Locally based Dearne Big Band have been playing music in and around our region for well over 30 years since it was founded by the late Holin Hammerton.

Holin was a local music teacher who made it his mission to reach out and involve as many children as possible in music of all kinds including dance bands, musicals and choirs. His success can be measured in the hundreds of people who fondly remember playing and singing in his shows and bands, many of whom were sufficiently inspired to become accomplished and professional musicians in their own right.

Following his untimely death in 2010, existing and former members of the Big Band vowed to keep the Dearne Big Band and Barnsley Youth Jazz Orchestra running as a tribute and lasting legacy in Holin’s name.

Many of the band’s older band members provide one to one tuition to the youngsters helping them learn the basics and then nurturing their skills and enthusiasm to become competent musicians. Tuition is structured and all players are encouraged to undertake professionally recognised music examinations which qualify for extra UCAS points when applying to university.

Additionally, each year some of the band’s qualified teachers and senior musicians visit a number of local schools offering starter packs’ to youngsters who want to try out a range musical instruments. The pack offers tuition, loan of a musical instrument and free family tickets to watch our orchestra live.‘

Lorraine Cawood, (Musical Director), commented; “We are tremendously proud that against the backdrop of these extremely difficult times we have managed to keep our heads above water and still continue to deliver on our ethos of “providing music for all in the Barnsley Community”.

To help raise much needed funding the band is in the middle of a series monthly concerts at  Ardsley House (Ed. of course this is now Holiday Inn Dodworth), and they have been delighted to receive an offer of support from internationally renowned Jazz and big band singer Colin Anthony who will perform with them.

From supporting the Beatles on a UK tour and fronting his own band in German Rock’n’Roll Clubs to the sophistication of the BBC Radio Big Band and Orchestras, Colin has covered it all.

Colin has released several single records and has appeared all over the world including the Kremlin and the QE2 on jazz and dance gigs with outfits such as Barry Forgie and the BBC Radio Big Band, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and his own bands. He is currently regularly featuring with the Glenn Miller Big Band.

Jazz critic Chrissie Murray, editor of Jazzwise, said in Ronnie Scott’s Magazine “Where’s he been all our lives? The finest big-band singer the UK ever produced?!” Dave Gelly of The Observer said “Britain is not so well supplied with good male singers that we can afford to overlook one of Colin Anthony’s stature”.  

The band is performing better than ever says Lorraine Cawood and with the added support of a singer of Colin’s pedigree this should be an absolutely fabulous evening.

Tickets are only £5 and will be available on the door.


Holiday Inn – Season Opener

It’s the start of a new era; this Sunday (28 Sept) is the first concert of the winter season in Barnsley, but now being held in the wonderful surroundings of the Holiday Inn, Dodworth.

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 Barnsley season can be found here. Many thanks to all those who supported us at the season opener in Rotherham we hope to have an equally well attended concert this Sunday. Thanks again.

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.

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.

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.

20140628 Clifton Park

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