Swing’s the thing was formed in 1998 from the nucleus of the Hamblin Big Band and is widely regarded as one of the foremost exponents of big band music. A mix of accomplished professional musicians and extremely talented amateur musicians, Swing’s the thing is an eighteen piece orchestra plus male and female vocalists.
As well as performing concerts and playing at dances throughout the country the band has also appeared in cabaret with Craig Douglas, Susan Maughan, Ronnie Hilton, Millie Munro, Jimmy Cricket, Carol Lee Scott, Anne Shelton and many more.
The desire to play with the band is such that personnel changes are rare. Some members make round trips of over 100 miles to attend rehearsals and what makes this all the more remarkable is that the band receives no financial support. We do it because we enjoy it and we are extremely grateful to those organisations that provide us with rehearsal facilities free of charge every Thursday. Without their help we could not perform to the standard that we do.