Default lineup: 4 members
4 piece band: trumpet, clarinet/soprano saxophone, banjo, sousaphone/bass saxophone
*Burgundy Boater Band play Traditional New Orleans Jazz
*4 piece and were formed in 1999
*The Band has a repertoire of over 200 jazz & popular tunes mainly of 1900’s to 1940’s
*This band takes up little space don’t need power or PA
*The band can easily play inside or outside and relocate as the weather dictates
*Burgundy Boater Band can lead a procession if required (either Wedding or Funeral)
Burgundy Boater Band are an experienced professional traditional jazz quartet providing live music for any occasion. They play tunes that have a beginning a middle and an end which most people like and are suitable for listening to at a concert or in the background or for dancing.
Burgundy Boater Band is a quartet (Trumpet Clarinet/Soprano Sax Banjo & Sousaphone/Bass Sax) playing a mixture of well known jazz blues & popular tunes of the early 20th century in the New Orleans jazz style that appeals to all ages.
The instruments are acoustic (not dependent on electricity) which makes this jazz band versatile as they can perform anywhere and easily relocate. They take up little space and play live music for any occasions as quietly or loudly as you wish. As well as their nineteen twenties style striped blazers they have evening dress tailcoats for the formal twenties white tie and tails theme.
They can lead processions of wedding guests from ceremony to reception and they have led funeral corteges.
Burgundy Boater Band has played at many venues inside outside concerts shows clubs parties openings, fetes, promotions, jazz festivals, dances, receptions, weddings, funerals, wakes, etc. These have taken place in hotels, village halls, in marquee's, stately homes (including Hampton court), and on ships including HMS Victory.
Apart from performing at over two hundred weddings (and twenty five funerals) their clients have included Abbey Road Studios (EMI), B & Q, The Bank of Scotland, Chelsea Building Society, Churchill Retirement Living, Courages, Ericsson, Fortis Insurance, Glaxo Smith Kline, Infinium (Exxon), Lotus software, Ordnance Survey, Sainsbury's, Shooting Times, University of Surrey, University of Winchester
They are equally at home providing the music at a dinner dance or playing in the background at a reception or party. They have played to all size of audience from 750 people, at Wembley Conference Centre down, to 6 people in their front room.
A typical wedding day could include the band playing gentle background music to entertain the guests on arrival at the wedding or wedding reception while the photos are being taken, then moving to the dance floor to play music for dancing at whatever tempo the guests want. Sometimes they've led the procession of wedding guests from the ceremony to the wedding reception.
Trumpet, Andy Chislett has played at many top venues guesting with various bands. He spent 8 years playing on NCL and P&O cruise ships and has performed on many recordings. He has been playing with Acoustic Jass since 2003 .
Clarinet, Richard Cook started playing Jazz after leaving the Army in 1982. He ran his own band ten years which included successful tours of France & Germany. He joined Acoustic Jass at the beginning of 2011.
Banjo, Doug Kennedy, a very experienced player has played with most of the well known London bands and frequently tours Europe has played with Burgundy Boater Band since October 2000
Sousaphone, Bass Saxophone and leader of the band, Martin Jones learnt to play in a brass band, in 1995 he was invited to join three other musicians to form a quartet, due to them dropping out (for personal reasons) in 1998, Martin found himself with bookings and no band! so Burgundy Boater Band was formed. In 2001 he started playing bass sax to give added colour to the rhythm section.