Default lineup: 9 members
Standard 9-piece Band - female vocals, piano, bass, drums, guitar, tenor sax, alto sax, trumpet x2, backing vocals provided by instrumentalists in the band
10-piece - plus male vocalist
11-piece - plus second female vocalist
12-piece - plus third female vocalist
13-piece - plus percussion
14-piece - plus baritone saxophone
(please note that additional musicians can be added in different combinations - i.e. you could have a baritone saxophone and percussion, without having the extra vocalists)
7-piece Band - female vocals, piano, bass, drums, keyboard, trumpet, tenor sax
Jazz bands (3-5 piece) - available in any combination, i.e. quartet - piano, bass, drums, tenor sax - see The Silver Screen Jazz Band page for more information!
* A sensational 9-piece function band consisting of highly experienced swing and soul musicians
* Exceptional female vocals accompanied by a rhythm section and outstanding 4-piece horn section
* Additional male vocals, female vocals and percussion can be added for an even greater experience
* A huge repertoire featuring classic songs from the Swing, Rat Pack, Soul and Motown eras along with pop and Postmodern Jukebox repertoire
* Constantly in demand performing at corporate and private events in London and throughout the UK and internationally
* Self-contained with top-quality lights and sound equipment for audiences up to 250 people, with deluxe PA and lighting packages for larger events
* Recorded Music provided between sets free of charge
* Available in smaller function band line-ups, and as The Silver Screen Jazz Band performing background music earlier in the evening - with great discounts if booked together with the main band
* Also able to provide classical or contemporary music for wedding ceremonies
Please note: The Swing Smiths use two lead vocalists (please see videos). Requests for a specific vocalist can be made but may not always be fulfilled due to availability.
Recently described by Deborah Meaden (BBC's Dragons' Den) as "exceptional", The Swing Smiths are a sensational 9-piece function band performing a fantastic mix of Swing, Rat Pack, Soul and Motown music to give you a party to remember! A fantastic female vocalist is backed by a dynamic and experienced band, providing unforgettable live entertainment at great value.
The Swing Smiths have been performing up and down the country for thirteen years, and are one of the most in-demand function bands in the UK today. Previous clients include Ferrari, BMW, Triumph, Virgin, Lindt Chocolate and E-On and previous venues include Claridge's Hotel, Pinewood Studios, The Shard, Wembley Stadium and the Natural History Museum.
The band plays a huge range of music from the Swing, Soul and Motown eras - and the set list is carefully planned to appeal to audiences of all ages, getting everyone on the dance floor all night long.
The Swing Smiths are also able to provide musical entertainment for other parts of your event - from classical music for your wedding ceremony to background jazz music for the drinks reception. With a wealth of experience performing at hundreds of events and venues throughout the country, The Swing Smiths have all the ingredients to make your event a success.
The Swing Smiths also provide classical or contemporary music for your wedding reception. Bandleader Mike is a highly trained pianist and church organist, and has played at over 400 wedding ceremonies. He will work with you to choose music that suits your religious or non-religious ceremony. Additional musicians, such as a singer, trumpeter, cellist or vocalist can join with Mike to perform before the service and during the Signing of the Register.
Background Jazz Band
The Swing Smiths are also available as The Silver Screen Jazz Band - a 3-5 piece jazz band creating the perfect atmosphere for cocktail parties, dinner events, or during a drinks reception. Check out the separate profile for the jazz band, and get in touch to discuss great discounts when booked together!
The Swing Smiths are perfect for Christmas Parties, performing carefully selected Christmas hits made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams and The Jackson 5 alongside their usual Swing and Soul repertoire.
The Swing Smiths are a group of professional musicians who have been regularly performing together since 2005. Members of the band have appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival, on BBC television, and are regularly employed for session work throughout the UK - having featured alongside artists as diverse as Elton John, KT Tunstall, Fyfe Dangerfield, Jon Allen, Michael Ball, Mica Paris, Fran Healy, Craig David, Tony Hadley, Marti Pellow, Il Divo, Suzi Quatro, M83, Russell Watson and Barbara Windsor.
The individual musicians also have a wealth of experience in other fields of music including composition, teaching, musical direction, session work, sound engineering and events management.
The Swing Smiths regularly perform at corporate events and private functions all over the country, at venues in London including Claridges, Wembley Stadium, The Natural History Museum, The Savoy, The ExCel Centre, Lord's Cricket Ground, Pinewood Studios, and Inns of Court, and at other venues throughout the UK - including Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxfordshire, The ICC and NEC Birmingham at Centre Parcs Woburn Forest.
Previous clients include Ferrari, Lindt Chocolate, T-Mobile, BNP Paribas, E-ON UK, JP Morgan, Oxford University Press and The Royal Air Force.
Your event is special to the band and every event is treated separately, ensuring that your requirements are met. From choosing the perfect line-up to suit your event to smaller details such as the dress code, special requests and performance times, The Swing Smiths aim to be completely flexible to make sure that you get the perfect entertainment.
Deluxe Sound & Lighting Package
The Swing Smiths highly recommend their deluxe sound and lighting package for events with more than 250 guests.
The Swing Smiths deluxe sound and lighting package can include:
- 6kW PA system suitable for audiences from 300 to 1000+
- Sound engineer
- Additional lighting and effects
- DJ package also available on request.
Please speak to an Alive Network booking agent for more information and prices.
Vintage Dancers (see booking options for more details)
Add extra class to your event with vintage dancers: The Strutters are a troupe of dancers who can teach your guests simple 1920s and 1940s dance moves before the band start performing. Once the band start, the dancers will get your guests up and dancing Charleston, Lindy hop and jive right from the first song - adding an amazing touch to your party. You can even book several pairs of dancers for a troupe performance with the live band.
"Dear Mike, I know I thanked you on the night but just wanted to do so again in the cold light of day. You and your band were fantastic, not just brilliant at the music but also lovely, helpful and a total pleasure to work with.
Thank you so much and please pass my thanks on to your team.
My Mother literally had the party of her life and you were a big part of that.... you were exceptional."
Deborah Meaden (Dragons' Den), Private Party, November 2016
The band were absolutely amazing. Everyone is talking about how great you were. I can't believe how much energy you all put in- even at nearly midnight after two sets with barely a break as far as I recall! You had some of my grumpiest guests up and dancing - and the whole wedding party was humming New York, New York at brunch on Sunday. Please, please pass my thanks to all the band members/ forward the email. I would highly recommend you to anyone planning an event, both for your professional and friendly service, and for your outstanding performance.
Becky Dobra, Wedding Reception, Hatfield House, October 2014
"Mike and the band were absolutely fantastic. During the set up on the day they were punctual and professional, and they were totally accommodating to our wacky requests (processional music down a field). The music was exceptional - they're experts at reading the 'mood' of the room and got everyone up on their feet dancing. So many of the guests came up to us afterwards to tell us how good they were. I couldn't recommend the band more highly."
Liz and Sam, Wedding Reception, Dorset, September 2017
Please note: Due to availability or illness, deputy musicians of a high professional standard may sometimes be used.