The Yorkshire Big Band

The Yorkshire Big Band is a 13-piece swing band performing classic jazz and big band music from the golden age of jazz. Ideal for larger weddings and corporate entertainment. Jazz Band / Swing Band / Big Band in Yorkshire.


The Yorkshire Big Swing Band



The Yorkshire Big Band was founded in 1997 with help from The Prince’s Trust and has become very popular on the corporate, society and wedding circuit.

The Yorkshire Big Band performs classic songs from the radio broadcasts of the thirties, through the Glenn Miller sound of the forties to the Rat-pack days of the fifties and beyond. Well-known songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Tom Jones and Neil Diamond and more recently revived by Harry Connick Jnr, Robbie Williams and Michael Bublé.
The focal point of The Yorkshire Big Band is undoubtedly its vocalist. Phil Chapman has had a love of big band music all his life – an affection very apparent in his performances.
The Yorkshire Big Band has played to audiences the length and breadth of the country. All over North, South, East and West Yorkshire, the North East, the North West, Leeds, Manchester and London, The Yorkshire Big Band encourages young and old to get up and dance. With over a hundred songs on the playlist, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.
The Yorkshire Big Band is very versatile. It can perform a mix of styles for a party audience, a ballroom dance or theme its repertoire for a wartime event. 
Previous clients & venues include:
  • BMW
  • The Air Crew Association
  • Leeds United FC
  • Elior and ITE Moda
  • Buckingham Palace for The Prince’s Trust Royal Charter Award ceremony.
The members of the band take great pride in their professionalism and enjoy themselves at every event.

Line up & Options:

The band is only available as a 13 piece comprising of male vocalist, four brass, five saxes piano, bass and drums.

Performance times:

 A typical performance is for up to 2 hours of live music

Selected Repertoire:

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
A String Of Pearls
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Almost Like Being In Love
American Patrol
Around The World
At Last
Auld Lang Syne
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Beyond The Sea
Blue Skies
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Cheek To Cheek
Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting…)
Come Fly With Me
Day In Day Out
Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Don’t Rain On My Parade
Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree
Embraceable You
Fly Me To The Moon
For Once In My Life
Goodnight Sweetheart
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Hawaii Five-0
Hello Dolly
Help Yourself
How High The Moon
I Get A Kick Out Of You
I Won’t Dance
I’m Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away The Key)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
In The Mood
It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
It Had To Be You
It Had Better Be Tonight
It Happened In Monterey
It’s All Right With Me
It’s Not Unusual
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Keep Young And Beautiful
King Of The Swingers
La Bamba
La Cumparsita
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Let There Be Love
Let’s Face The Music And Dance
Little Brown Jug
Love Is The Sweetest Thing
Love Me Tonight
Mack The Knife
Mambo Italiano
Moonlight Serenade
Moon River
Mr Bojangles
My Blue Heaven
National Anthem
New York New York
Nice And Easy
Night And Day
Opus One
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Papa Loves Mambo
Paper Moon
Pennies From Heaven
Pennsylvania 6-5000
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
Recipe For Love
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
Save The Last Dance For Me
Secret Love
Sex Bomb
Sing Sing Sing
Sleigh Ride
Something’s Gotta Give
Song Of India
Soul Bossa Nova
St. Bernard Waltz
Star Dust
Straighten Up And Fly Right
Strangers In The Night
Sweet Caroline
Swingin’ On A Star
That Old Black Magic
That’s Amoré
That’s Life
The Candy Man
The Gay Gordons
The Lady Is A Tramp
The Snake
The Stripper
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Tiger Rag
Tuxedo Junction
Viennese Waltz Medley
We Have All The Time In The World
When I Fall In Love
Where Or When
Winter Wonderland
White Christmas
Wives And Lovers
Wonderful World
Woodchoppers’ Ball
You Make Me Feel So Young
The band can also put together a fantastic playlist specifically for 1940s wartime themed events.


Just a quick email to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding reception. The Yorkshire Big Band was simply amazing and we have had so many guests comment on how great you were. Thank you again.
Steph & Tom Glasby

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Just wanted to say a huge 'thank you' for a great night on Saturday at Kate and Matt's wedding. We had a fantastic evening and all of the guests enjoyed it. The acoustics in the National Railway Museum were very good. Would not hesitate in recommending your Yorkshire swing band in the future.
Chris Nicholls
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A great cause and a terrific night out. Jackie and I enjoyed it all thoroughly. Please pass on our thanks and congratulations to your band with our best wishes for another successful night and for a good Christmas and new year. You have some new fans and we’re looking forward to the 2012 extravaganza!
Chris Igoe
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A huge thanks to you and the band in contributing to a very successful Battle of Britain Ball on Fri 23 Sep 11. The music was varied, fun and had the dance floor full from start to finish. This is the 3rd time I have seen the swing band and each time there has been a different arrangement or new tune to add to each occasion. Looking forward to next year.
Andy Rice 
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Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. The music was fantastic and all the swing band members were wonderful. Everyone commented on how amazing you were. We will definitely be recommending you in the future. Many thanks.
Jane & James Parkin
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I just want to thank you so much for making our wedding celebrations so perfect. Everyone who came has fed back to us how amazing you were. You were absolutely stunning and I loved every minute of your sets - terrific voice and music. It was lovely to see everyone dancing - from my 6 year old niece to my 83 year old aunt! Thank you so much."
Helen & Giles Carr
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If I didn't say it enough to you last Saturday (or to any other member of the swing band I could find!), thank you so much for the amazing set The Yorkshire Big Band did at our wedding! What a fabulous night! The swing band was something I was really looking forward to and you exceeded all expectations - it was amazing! From start to finish, we loved every second of it and the fact that you were able to play 'Let There Be Love' for our first dance made it even more special and meant a lot to both of us. Every one of our guests came and told us how much they loved the swing band and I'm not sure there was a single song you played when Phil and I weren't up on the dance floor! I've never seen my dad and uncle as animated as when they were singing along to 'Delilah' and even my 87 year old grandma joined the conga line at the end of the night! It was everything that we imagined it would be and more; The Yorkshire Big Band really did help to make it the best day of our lives. I know I managed to accost most members of the swing band on the night but can you please pass on our most heart-felt thanks to everyone involved - the band was truly fantastic! We've been singing 'Ain't that a kick in the head' all week! I'll email you any pictures that we get through from our photographer. From your most enthusiastic fans.
Rachel & Phil Probert
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May we say a very big THANK YOU to The Yorkshire Big Band for helping the MS Society York & District Branch to raise a whopping £1,377.00 at your concerts on 17th & 18th December 2010. I'm delighted to present you here with our Certificate of Appreciation which we hope you will display with pride!
Helen Birdsall 
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We just wanted to drop you a note to thank you so much for the music at our wedding. We have received so many compliments about the swing band that we hope you can pass on to all of the members. Special thanks for putting together the My Funny Valentine piece for Karen's parents, they really appreciated it. We both had the most fantastic day and one we'll remember forever, thank you so much for being a part of it.
Guy & Karen Bowyer
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A fantastic professional performance. I must say that you now are the Number One swing band in my estimation. By far the best sets I have had the privilege of enjoying. I highly recommend you and your swing band to everyone. It made the wedding day perfect. Thank you.
Stuart Browne
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This was my first ever swing band concert and what can I say – it was fantastic – I didn’t realise how good they were! What a great evening. We travelled in ice, snow, high heels and dresses and it was very worth it. Fabulous music and excellent entertainment. It really started off my Christmas. Can’t wait for next year.
Lorraine Knowles
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The Round the World Clipper Ball at the KC Stadium this weekend was a huge success! Thanks to all those who attended and made the night go with a Swing! Talking of Swing - The Yorkshire Big Band were a huge hit and had people shaking their stuff on the dance-floor all evening.
Della Parsons
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Just to say a big thank you to you and your wonderful swing band for providing such wonderful music and entertainment for our evening reception. We both thought it was brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Jo & Glynn Alderman

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