The Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra...

No other British orchestra can boast that their first performance was backing the legendary singing star Harry Connick Jnr! Such is the heritage of the world famous Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra, which was formed in 1989 especially for the David Puttnam movie Memphis Belle.

The impact of the young orchestra dressed in 8th American Army Air Force uniform, together with the stage dressing and the atmosphere of the occasion, so impressed the film's bandleader Greg Francis, that he decided he would keep the orchestra together - as a living memorial to the great American Swing Bands of the 1940's.

After the filming was completed, David Puttnam asked Greg if the band would appear at the Royal Premier of the film in London, before the Duchess of Kent. The band duly appeared, and since that time they have appeared at literally hundreds of events throughout the U.K. including prestigious corporate and private functions, holiday centres, civic centre, theatres and dances, airshows such as the Biggin Hill Airshow and the Royal International Tattoo, hangar dances at many airfields including Duxford Air Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the RAF museum at Hendon, and on worldwide television at least once every year since 1990
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Although the orchestra play a wide selection of favourites, they provide a nice balance between the Glenn Miller hits and the popular hits of Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw and of course, Harry Connick Jr.

For the younger devotees of Swing and Jump-Jive, the orchestra will perform the hit music of the classic Brian Setzer Orchestra, and it includes a selection of the well know music of Cab Calloway and Louis Prima.

Always in demand for theme'd nights,this wonderful young vibrant orchestra has captured the hearts and minds of not only the older generation who remember how it was, but also of the younger generation who find jiving and jitterbugging - and the music, a welcome change to what's on offer these days.

The orchestra generally perform in the fashionable attire of the young swing bands, but they are available in full AAF uniform by special request.