Get back into swing

The New Squadronaires are coming to Fleetwood Marine Hall, May 26.
The New Squadronaires are coming to Fleetwood Marine Hall, May 26.

GET ready for the big band sound of the New Squadronaires Orchestra, who bring their classy swing sound to Fleetwood’s Marine Hall this week.

They are performing on Thursday, May 26 at 7.30pm.

The band will perform numbers made famous in the 1940s by legendary artists such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and many more.

They take their name from the original Squadronaires Orchestra, a phenomenally popular British dance band of the 1940s, who were formed by the RAF.

The New Squadronaires band play tribute to the original one, with the young musicians all dressed in RAF uniforms, and with the clean-cut hairstyles of the 1940s.

To complete the impressive visual effect, the orchestra is enhanced by the backdrop of a huge RAF ensign, together with RAF-style band desks.

A band spokesman said: “We play the music of the swing era, as it was played then.

“And the band members look the part – no long hair, beards or earrings.”

The musical arrangements have all been transcribed by orchestrator Greg Francis, a skilled trumpet player, who used to be the leader of the acclaimed Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra.

Proceeds from next week’s concert will go towards helping members of the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, the Green Howards stationed at Weeton Barracks, who have been injured while serving in the peace-keeping force in Afghanistan, and their families.

Previous events by the band have raised funds for many local charities, including the Fylde coast branch of the Alzheimer’s Society, Brian House children’s hospice and the haematology unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Tickets, costing £13.50 and £13 concessions, are available from the Marine Hall.