Default lineup: 7 members
Standard line up: 7-piece band - female vocals, piano, bass, drums, guitar, tenor sax, trumpet
Alternative line up's available include:
9-piece band - as above plus alto sax and second trumpet
12-piece - plus male vocalist, percussion, baritone saxophone
15-piece – plus two additional female vocalists, keyboards
18-piece - plus three string players (2 violins, 1 cello)
6-piece band (budget option) - female vocals, piano, bass, drums, tenor sax, guitar or trumpet
(Please note that these are suggested lineups - The Swing Smiths can perform with any number of musicians from a 6- to an 18-piece band. Feel free to get in touch to discuss the perfect lineup for your event!)
Contemporary dancers – 2 to 8 dancers can be added to the lineup when booking the 12-piece band and above for a spectacular stage show.
Vintage dancers - 2 to 12 dancers can be added to the lineup when booking the 7-piece band and above for an extra touch of class.
Small bands (3-5 piece) - available in any combination, e.g. quartet - piano, bass, drums, tenor sax - see The Silver Screen Jazz Band page for more information!
* A sensational 6- to 18-piece function band consisting of highly experienced swing and soul musicians
* Exceptional female vocals accompanied by an outstanding rhythm section and horn section
* Additional male vocals, female vocals, percussion, strings and dancers can be added for an even more energetic show
* 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, 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 including string quartet for wedding ceremonies
Please note: The Swing Smiths use three lead female 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 6- to 18-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 15 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. They have performed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and as far afield as Amman, Jordan and Marrakesh, Morocco.
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 500 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, string quartet or vocalist can join with Mike to perform before the service and during the Signing of the Register.
Background Jazz Band
Musicians from The Swing Smiths can perform in smaller ensembles providing background music earlier in the day. Options available include:
- Vocal-led roaming pop band (3- to 7-piece) performing walkabout music
- Instrumental jazz bands, from a cocktail pianist to a jazz quartet
- Vocal-led soul bands, performing relaxed pop and soul music.
The Swing Smiths are also available as The Silver Screen Jazz Band - a 3-5 piece jazz band creating a perfect 1920s-themed atmosphere for cocktail parties, dinner events, or during a drinks reception.
Speak to your agent for more information and for a quote for great package deals.
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.
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
"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
"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
Please note: Due to availability or illness, deputy musicians of a high professional standard may sometimes be used.