5 Star Swing

From Glen Miller to Gershwin, Cole Porter to Sinatra this fabulous 5-18 piece swing band bring the whole jazz experience to any event and is ideal for dancing to. Highly recommended. Jazz Band / Swing Band in Hertfordshire.


5 Star Swing Band



A unique, feel-good swing band performing classic jazz and swing from legends such as Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra, Ted Heath, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. "Superb - they swing like crazy!” – Sheila Tracy, BBC.  As seen on BBC TV’s "Children in Need", Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball & Blackpool Tower Ballroom. “Swing and Song of the highest order” – Telegraph. Featuring Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother).

Five Star Swing are recognised as one of the most versatile and accomplished jazz and swing bands in the UK. Whether performing for dancing, listening or major theatre productions, you can be sure that your event will go with a swing!

Chris’s (the enigmatic band leader) compositions and arrangements are frequently played by Jazz FM, Capital Radio, B.B.C Radio Big Band and of course Five Star Swing! As a piano/trumpet player, Chris has appeared on B.B.C breakfast T.V, Top Of The Pops, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and The Royal Variety Show. He has toured extensively with the Herb Miller Orchestra (Glenn’s Brother), as well as jazz festivals throughout the world.

Experienced in all types of functions and stage shows, with excellent vocalists and musicians, Five Star Swing create the vibrant sound of the big band era.

Previous clients and venues include:

  • Private Functions for: Tony Blair, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Bob Monkhouse, Terry Wogan, John Prescott
  • Blenhiem Palace
  • Kew Gardens
  • Chelsea Flower Show
  • The Savoy Hotel
  • Grosvenor Hotel
  • The Treasury
  • Westminster Cabinet War Rooms
  • BBC Children In Need
  • British Airways
  • Wembley Conference Centre
  • TV & Film Verterans Association
  •  Lords Cricket Ground
  • Granada TV
  • Watford Football Club

Line up & Options:

This is the line up for the 5 piece band:

  • Male vocals / trumpet / keyboards,female vocals / saxophone / clarinet / flute
  • Drums
  • Bass
  • Tenor saxophone

Additional musicians can be added in this order:

  • Trombone
  • Baritone saxophone
  • 2nd alto saxophone
  • 2nd tenor saxophone
  • Trumpet 1
  • Trumpet 2
  • Trombone 2
  • Trumpet 3
  • Guitar
  • Sax 5
  • Trumpet 4
  • Trombone 3
  • Trombone 4

Performance times:

A typical performance comprises of 3 x 40 minute or 2 x 60 minute sets with CDs played when not performing.

Selected Repertoire:

Male Vocal

Mr Bojangles
It Had To Be You
Something Stupid
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
All The Way
Fly Me To The Moon
The Girl From Ippaneima
You Make Me Feel So Young
The Lady Is A Tramp
Come Fly With Me
My Kind Of Town
I Get A Kick Out Of You
How About You
Nice And Easy
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Something Stupid
Allright OK You Win
The Way Youy Look Tonight
That's Life

Female Vocal

Don't Get Around Much..
Almost Like Being In Love
Orange Coloured Sky
Get Happy
Paper Moon
A Foggy Day
Fly Me To The Moon
Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree
Chattanooga Choo Choo
The Very Thought Of You
I Know Why
That Old Devil Called Love
All Of Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cany Buy Me Love
Dream A Little Dream

Glenn Miller

In The Mood
Don’t Sit Under The Apple Three
American Patrol
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Pennsylvania 65000
String Of Pearls
Moonlight Serenade
Little Brown Jug
(Glenn Miller Contin’)
Tuxedo Junction
I Know Why

Other Big Band Classics

Begin The Beguine
Opus One
Sing Sing Sing
Flying Home
Jersey Bounce
Parkinson Show Theme
It’s You Or No One
Salute To The Band Box
Pick Yourself Up
Moose The Mooshe
Blues Brothers Medley
Dear Hunter Theme

War-Time Sing-A-Longs

It’s A Long Way To Tipperary
Pack Up Your Troubles…
We’ll Meet Again
Lilli Marlene
The White Cliffs Of Dover
I’ll Be Seeing You
There’ll Always Be An England
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
I’ll Never Smile Again
Bless ‘Em All
Roll Out The Barrel
Run Rabbit Run
Wish Me Luck
We’re Gonna’ Hang Out The Washing
Kiss Me Good Night Sergeant-Major

Jazz & Blues

Moose The Mooshe
A Night In Tunisia
Blues Brothers Medley
O.K. Alright You Win
Blue Moon
Syrup Of Phiggs
Over And Over Again
Sweet Home Chicago

Party Songs

Everybody Needs Somebody
Gimmie Some Lovin'
Sweet Home Chicago
Soul Man
Midnight Hour
Peter Gunn Theme
Mustang Sally
Rock 'N' Roll Medley
Knock On Wood


As I expected, Five Star Swing were absolutely fantastic! They provided exactly the sound (and look) I wanted to create for the event and in addition to that they were a real pleasure to work with. Our guests loved them too and I've received numerous messages over the weekend to express this. I certainly won't hesitate to book the band again in future and will certainly fully recommend them to others too.

Thanks to you also for your excellent customer service - the whole experience has been a real pleasure.
A Buffrey


I was sceptical at first that they could come up with the goods with only 5 players, but WOW did they deliver!!! the controlled tight and virtuosic ensemble playing was without peer. Great arrangements from Chris Smith, the whole band showed its multifarious diversity in every swinging number... and where did Stephen Davies learn to do all that stuff?! I commend them to all!
Alexander Testbridge, TEAM Association, Cleethorpes


I thoroughly enjoyed the concert tonight. It was the best evening we have had for many years. You all took my wife and me down memory lane and made us feel like teenagers again. I wanted to jive but the wife felt embarrassed. Thank you for all the hard work you put in.
Bryan Roth, Brentwood (Anniversary)


A big thank you for helping our special day go with a swing ! You were all fantastic! We'll be sure to find an occasion to book you again.
Lyndsey & Paul Wells, Wedding.

I Just wanted to write to thank Five Star Swing for playing at our "1940's night". You interpreted the mood of the event perfectly and helped maintain the atmosphere right to the end. Hopefully we'll have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.
Collegiate School, Berkhamstead


5 Star Swing were received very well by our audience & everybody who attended enjoyed the event. Very friendly band to work with, will book again for a future event. I found the whole booking was handled very quickly & efficiently. Any queries I raised were answered very promptly. Felt confident about the whole booking. 10/10
Jayne Simmons


Fabulous band would definately use again. Relaxing and adapted to crowd brilliantly. Have had nothing but positive comments. Your bookings team were a pleasure to deal with and nothing was too much trouble.
N Clifford, wedding

Five Star Swing played fantastic music They were able to work with the audience. They were very very good much higher than my expectation. Very talented - they made the evening very special . The service from the company was also to the best standard.
Eve Shelley

"They arrived on time and were very patient as our speeches had run over schedule! They were smart, professional had every one dancing and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.
S Barden, Wedding

"Many thanks for playing for us again. The fund raising went well and everyone enjoyed the band's performance.
Sadie Hamer - Macmillan Cancer Relief., Chairman


All our members thought the band were excellent and contributed to a very successful evening.
Roger Bennett. Chairman - TV & Film Veterans

Roger and I would like to thank you so much for making Jessica's batmitzvah such a successful occasion. An excellent band, even better than I remembered! We received lots of compliments on the music which was just right. If we have any further celebrations, you will be the first to know.
Anne & Roger Mallack. Ilford

The Ball was an overwhelming success! Thank you for providing such great music and the professional way in which the engagement was carried out, together with a curteous and pleasant manner from all concerned. Your distinctive band was enjoyed by all my quests.
Cllr Jill White. Mayor-Borough of Surrey Heath

Please pass on my grateful thanks to Five Star Swing for making my wedding at Les Ambassadeurs, Park Lane, London, such a happy occasion with a lovely atmosphere.
Maria Tate - Darlington

We had a whale of a time! - what a band! So many people said what a great band they are and how much they enjoyed the music. They were also very nice people who didn't pit a foot wrong and really made the evening go with a swing. Please may we have them for next year?
C. Monsma. A.W. Champion Ltd.

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