The Ockbrook Big Band

The Ockbrook Big Band Story

The Ockbrook Big Band has been providing top class, 1940′s style entertainment to the Midlands and surrounding areas for over 20 years.

With a full 16 piece big band, male and female vocalists and the choice of a full dress outfit of US Air Force uniforms, dinner jackets or our swinging  black attire, The Ockbrook Big Band really do provide something special for everyone to enjoy.

We have 4  sizes of band to suit all venues and finances. From 8 to the Bar to the mighty 16 piece Band, there is something to suit any event and our prices are the most competitive in Middle England. From Weddings to Birthdays and Anniversary to Themed party, we are here to give you a night to remember.

The Band Bio:

Vocals

Mark – Having joined the band in 2014, Mark has made a great impression with his authentic sounds and professionalism. A great vocalist and a hit with the audience, Mark continues to provide top quality entertainment throughout the Midlands. He is a big admirer of Matt Monroe.
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Rhythm

Ian  – has previously played drums in various big bands, dance bands, jazz groups and a blues band. Despite having played many styles of music -  from Glenn Miller and Count Basie to Cream, Santana and Earth Wind & Fire -  it is the big band sounds which are his favourite. Aside from music,  Ian’s other passion is motor racing. He has competed and worked on the organisation side of the sport in past years but now he is just a keen spectator.
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IMG_8589Derek – Derek is an original member of the band, playing bass from it’s beginning over 20 years ago. Needless to say he knows all the charts backwards and upside down! Derek plays in other bands within the area and also has a sousaphone!
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RosemaryRosemary - trained at The Royal College of Music in London, where she studied violin, piano and singing. She plays the violin and viola for musical theatre productions and teaches the piano and violin.
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Trombones

profileGlenn – Our lead trombone player and accomplished MC, Glenn has been in the band from day one and is widely known as ‘The Musical Undertaker’!!! He is also the band secretary and is looking forward to organising the Band to play at your event.
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Tim – Our resident librarian, Tim is in charge of keeping the music pad in order as well as doing a sterling job on 2nd trombone. Tim has been playing with the band for a number of years and occasionally treats us all to his pbone.
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Duncan – Duncan is a stalwart member of our trombone section, having been a member for over 10 years. He trained at the Birmingham School of Music. As a young boy, he was given the choice of learning either the cello or trombone. The trombone won. He loves to listen to Tommy Dorsey.

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Trumpets

Dave – Our lead trumpet player, Dave has been a long standing member of the band and is responsible for the program setting of all our concerts. Any requests that come in will be sent to Dave for consideration in the upcoming weeks’ programs. He’s also a fine Flugelhorn player.
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Roy – A well respected trumpet player and regular with many bands in the Midlands, Roy has been with the band for over 5 years.
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Andrew – Professionally a linguist, Andrew’s day job before retirement was in the travel trade, and he has sent many a band on concert tours to Europe and the USA, on occasion travelling out with them, so his lyrical trumpet or dulcet flugel horn tones have been heard at venues such as in the Netherlands, the Black Forest and the Rhineland.
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Julie – Julie is an excellent musician and regular with the OBB. She also brings some much needed glamour to the trumpet section, keeping the gentlemen in order!
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Saxophones

Nigel – After spending 26 years with the Band of the Grenadier Guards and deciding not to make a career of it, he hung up his boots after completing his 25th Trooping the Colour ceremony! On leaving the Forces he decided to move to Spain to run a very successful Karaoke Bar whilst still managing to fit in a few gigs on Sax. He has worked with many artistes including Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Harry Secombe, Dame Vera Lynn, Catherine Jenkins, Eric Delaney, Harry Connick Jr, Max Bygraves and toured with Hinge and Bracket in the 1980’s. Was once asked by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh if he was touched!
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Julie – Having helped out on Baritone sax on many occasions, Julie joined the band in the summer of 2015 as our resident 2nd alto player. A late starter to learning the saxophone, she has played in a Soul Band in the past and currently plays Baritone sax in the Nottinghamshire Police Band and the Stardust Big Band.
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John – Our lead tenor sax player, John plays with a number of local bands in between putting and chipping his way around a golf course or two.
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Sue – Joined our saxophone line up in the summer of 2014 as second tenor. She’s married with 2 children and one grandson. She has played the saxophone for a number of years, playing in the Nottinghamshire Police Band for 16 years, and also plays in  the Stardust Big Band.
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IMG_8583Peter – Peter plays baritone sax with several bands from quartets to 50 piece ensembles and has even had a guest appearance with the National Saxophone Choir, but OBB always comes first in his eyes.
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