The Will Dakin Big Band

We're a vibrant, youthful ensemble hailing from Manchester, comprising a 15-piece big band featuring some of the UK's most dynamic and skilled musicians. Our group stands out for its diversity and professionalism, offering a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that can truly transform any occasion into a remarkable spectacle.

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Set List / Repertoire

Big Band/Swing:
Fly me to the moon - Frank Sinatra
Come fly with me - Frank Sinatra
I've got you under my skin - Frank Sinatra
You make me feel so young - Frank Sinatra
Oh! Look at me now - Frank Sinatra
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
That's life - Frank Sinatra
New York New York - Frank Sinatra
My Way - Frank Sinatra
You brought a new kind of love to me - Frank Sinatra
Mack the knife - Frank Sinatra
One for my baby - Frank Sinatra
Pennies from heaven - Frank Sinatra
I get a kick out of you - Frank Sinatra
Luck be a lady - Frank Sinatra
Bad bad Leroy Brown - Frank Sinatra
The lady is a tramp - Frank Sinatra
Ain't that a kick in the head - Dean Martin
You're nobody till somebody loves you - Dean Martin
That's Amore - Dean Martin
Birth of the blues - Sammy Davis Jr
I've gotta be me - Sammy Davis Jr
Mr Bojangles - Sammy Davis Jr
Who can I turn to? - Sammy Davis Jr
Beyond the sea- Bobby Darin
Feeling good - Michael Buble
Cry me a river - Michael Buble
Moondance - Michael Buble
Can't buy me love - Michael Buble
It had better be tonight - Michael Buble
Sway - Michael Buble
Home - Michael Buble
Save the last dance for me - Michael Buble
Everything -Michael Buble
Me and Mrs Jones - Michael Buble
Crazy little thing called love - Michael Buble
Always on my mind - Michael Buble
L.O.V.E- Nat King Cole
Come by me - Harry Connick Jr
Boulevard of broken dreams - Tony Bennett
Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway

Party:
Crazy In Love - Beyonce
Treasure - Beyonce
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Khan
Watermelon sugar - Harry Styles
I wanna dance with somebody - Whitney Houston
Uptown funk - Bruno Mars
24K magic - Bruno Mars
Suit and tie - Justin Timberlake
Shut up and dance - Walk the Moon
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Let me entertain you - Robbie Williams
Shake it off - Taylor Swift
Love Story - Taylor Swift
Can’t help falling in love - Elvis
Blinding lights - The Weekend
It's not unusual - Tom Jones
Purple rain - Prince
Shake a tail feather- Blues Brothers
Everybody needs somebody to love - Blues Brothers
Jailhouse rock - Elvis Presley
Can't take my eyes off you - Frankie Valli
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Suspicious minds - Elvis Presley
You’re The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White
Oh What a Night - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Beggin’ - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Don’t look back in anger - Oasis
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Worth it - RAYE

Christmas songs:
Let it snow- Michael Buble
Frosty the snowman - Michael Buble
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
Baby its cold outside - Tom Jones
Blue Christmas - Michael Buble
Merry xmas Everyone - Slade
All I want for Christmas is you - Mariah Carey

Instrumentals:
Against all odds (Sax solo) - Phil Collins
Sussudio- Phil Collins
Count Bubba - Gordon Goodwin
Jazz Police - Gordon Goodwin
Hunting Wabbits - Gordon Goodwin
Chameleon - Maynard Ferguson
The First Circle - Pat Methany

 

Full Biography

We're a vibrant, youthful ensemble hailing from Manchester, comprising a 15-piece big band featuring some of the UK's most dynamic and skilled musicians. Our group stands out for its diversity and professionalism, offering a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that can truly transform any occasion into a remarkable spectacle.

With a striking 10-piece brass section leading the charge, the Will Dakin Big Band is setting new standards in the live events arena, captivating audiences with meticulously crafted performances that seamlessly blend Rat Pack classics, swinging melodies, and contemporary pop hits.

From the smooth crooning of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Michael Bublé to electrifying renditions of chart-toppers by Beyoncé, Oasis, and more, our shows invite audiences into an immersive celebration. Witnessing our 15-piece big band in action is an unparalleled experience, where every note resonates and every beat ignites a passion for dance and song. It's a spectacle unlike any other, leaving audiences enchanted by the harmonious fusion of woodwind, brass, and rhythm sections.

We take pride in tailoring each set list to suit the occasion, ensuring versatility and originality in every performance. Whether it's a wedding, a party, or a prestigious award ceremony, our track record speaks for itself, having delivered over 50 sold-out shows during a residency at a 5-star hotel. When you choose us, you're guaranteed to elevate your event, creating memories that will endure long after the final encore.

Lineup

Default lineup: 15 members

15 Piece Band: 2 male vocalists, drums, bass, keys, 3x trumpets, 3x trombones, 4x saxes

Performance Times

2 x 60 minutes


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4 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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When can we book them again?!

5 stars - The Will Dakin Big Band are Highly Recommended
booked The Will Dakin Big Band for their event January 2024

“We saw the band at the Gotham Hotel ‘speakeasy’ night in Manchester in June 2023 courtesy of our neighbours and had a fabulous night - we were blown away by how good this group of musicians were! My husband & I said to each we must ask these guys if we can book them for a private party as our daughter’s 21st was coming up in January 2024 and she wanted a Gatsby themed party! They gave us their business card and said ‘of course!’ I contacted Will at the beginning of October about booking the band for our party in early January - they organised everything with the venue and tailor made the evening for us. The band are so professional & so talented with every song a belter and all our guests were blown away by the 3x45min sets as was the venue who videoed them and kept their details. We are now trying to think of another event just so we can rehire them - Amazing night / party they created for us - can’t thank them enough. Remember you are hiri...”


A night to remember forever

5 stars - The Will Dakin Big Band are Highly Recommended
booked The Will Dakin Big Band for their event

“Wow what can I say finally some class In Manchester absolutely loved dressing up in style . The band ‘ singers were amazing also amazing value for money at the amazing Gotham . A night to remember forever especially when they sang purple rain had the audience dancing to the atmosphere was superb. I also love to dance and was up dancing ???? with the band I won’t forget it . Thank you to all for the best entertainment all night long xxx”


The next big thing

5 stars - The Will Dakin Big Band are Highly Recommended
booked The Will Dakin Big Band for their event

“Had one of the best nights seeing NQBB at the Gotham hotel at Christmas - definitely about to become the next big thing!! Amazing talent and atmosphere that made a night to remember. Can’t wait to see where they go next as I will 100% be getting a ticket!”


Incredible night!

5 stars - The Will Dakin Big Band are Highly Recommended
booked The Will Dakin Big Band for their event

“Cannot wait to see the NQBB again, incredible night with talented musicians, the atmosphere and energy this band brings to any venue is top class. The whole audience was up on their feet singing and dancing- brilliant!!”

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