Default lineup: 18 members
18 Piece Band: Female MD/ Vocalist; 5 Saxophones; 4 Trombones; 4 Trumpets; Piano; String Bass; Drums; Guitar
* Top UK big band with female Musical Director
* Featuring John Miller nephew of Glenn Miller subject to availability
* Classic Jazz from Wartime and beyond
* Talented and accomplished 16 piece band
* Low rates in the South
* A truly unique show not to be missed!
The DCR Big Band is the UK’s top professional Big Band for Concerts Private or Commercial Functions, Dances, Company Promotions, Weddings, Artist Backing, TV & Radio etc. Performances have included prestigious venues such as The London Palladium and Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, as well as private, commercial & charitable engagements nationwide. First established in 1972 by Debbie’s father, renowned trombonist Eddie Curtis, the current line-up has over 1000 music arrangements in their repertoire library covering many styles and eras.
Also available if required, as ‘Featured Vocalist’ is John Miller, nephew of the great Glenn Miller! John adds solo vocals as well as duets with Debbie. He is the only genuine Miller in the Big Band business today, other bands often quote the Miller name, but that is only the music; ‘John is a Miller’.
Debbie Curtis is unique! She is the UK’s only female professional Big Band leader. Fondly known as ‘The Mistress of Swing’, although more recently as ‘The Queen of Swing’, she is also an accomplished musician and singer. Born into the business, Debbie was brought up with the music she now performs; she knows its history, is passionate about it and has clearly inherited her late father’s conducting style.
Her 16 member band features only musicians who are at the top of their profession, household names from Big Band TV & Radio etc, thus ensuring the highest quality for your event. They have appeared with or alongside many of the biggest names in show business!
The DCR Big Band cover music from numerous eras especially the Big Band greats such as Miller, Basie, Kenton, Heath, Dorsey, Woody Herman etc as well as arrangements of more recent popular songs. If there is something special you want played at your event and it’s not in the library, then they will, where possible, arrange to acquire it especially for you.
For larger events, a concert can be turned into a show by adding Debbie’s very own ‘Hobsons Choice Dancers & Re-Enactors’ who can also be booked to appear to add stunning dance from the 40’s era as well as a ghostly glimpse into the past. The Re-Enactors can also provide ‘Meet & Greet’ for your event, including the ever popular ‘Viv The Spiv’ complete with his suitcase of Black Market Goods and watches up the arm! Go even further and add Vintage Vehicles to the atmosphere. The band has two vintage cars and a bus and can even provide wartime tanks if required!
They have various packages available to suit a wide range of budgets. They can appear purely as The DCR Big Band or with numerous other vocalists, featured musicians or International guest stars.
A recent PR campaign through National & Regional Newspapers, Magazines and Radio reached around 14 million people, an accomplishment that no other specialist Big Band has achieved for decades!
Previous Venues / Clients (Selection)
London Savoy Hotel
The Café Royal
Her Majesty’s Theatre London
Woodrow High House
The Lambourne Club