The MBB Band
About The MBB Band
The MBB Band – The UK’s Best Big Band
The MBB are the UK’s Best Big Band. They specialise in performing one of the finest modern swing, jazz and jive shows around. The 10 piece band create a swinging sound like no other.
Featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians incorporated into a swinging rhythm section, a powerful 6 piece horn section and a charismatic Rat Pack styled vocalist capable of charming any audience. All of this is mixed with sharp suits, beautiful vintage instruments and an authentic big band stage set. As a result the MBB band give any event a real touch of class.
MBB have performed at 100’s of successful functions and events, large and small. Specialists in entertaining, our exciting, energetic and stylish show has been wowing audiences and filling dance floors at every event. The MBB Band have become particularly well versed as a swing band at weddings and corporate function events. In addition to University Balls and awards evenings to name but a few.
A first class swing and jazz function band suitable for any event.
The UK’s Best Big Band Show
The MBB provides the highest quality musical entertainment for any wedding, corporate or private event. The MBB’s show is full of classic swing band and rat pack style numbers. From some classic Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bobby Darin to the more modern swing band classics of Michael Bubble, Robbie Williams and Harry Connick Jnr.
We also pride our selves on our modern homage to swing. Performing some more popular, modern numbers from artists such as Oasis, Radiohead and Take That in our own unique classic swing sound.
As a band MBB pride themselves on their professionalism and understand how important your event is. Their flexible style and experience will ensure that your event runs the way you want, without any stress.
All of The MBB’s music has been specially arranged for the 10 piece band to ensure we get that classic “big band swing sound”.
A sound that smaller bands simply can not achieve.
What they say about ‘The MBB’?
Quote from previous clients –
“We and all the guest where absolutely blown away by your performance at the wedding. We loved every minute of it. Everything was brilliant and you guys created a fantastic atmosphere.”
“I said it on the night but the band were spectacular on Saturday. The dance floor was packed throughout both sets and we had so so much fun!! We’ve had so many comments from our guests about how brilliant the band were, truly. Thank you for all of your help in arranging this, it was wonderful and exactly what we had imagined.”
The MBB’s Highlights…
* 2 x 60 minute sets
* Top UK Big Band with a great full sound
* Affordable Big Band option
* Almost any request possible
* Young, energetic, super-professional and exciting!
* Quality equipment provided
* Background music & song requests free of charge
* Low rates in the North
* DB Limiter friendly
* Most of all excellent value for money
In Conclusion :
In conclusion The MBB is the UK’s Best Big Band for Hire as a result of their incredible sound, look, and incredible professionalism not to mention there vast repertoire selection.
Added Extras for the UK’s Best Big Band :
MBB can keep the party going after their live set therefore keeping your guests on the dace floor with his DJ package. DJ package includes the latest DJ software (with vast amount of popular songs from all eras); Act manning and basic announcements in addition to taking requests. Consequently our acts don’t just press play from a laptop, they tailor a DJ package suited to your guests! DJ service runs up until midnight
Need a Microphone for the Speeches?
No problem! Rather than you worrying MBB can provide and set up a high-quality wireless microphone system for you to use at your top table. And at no extra cost to you therefore saving you the hassle on your big day.
SHHHHHHH!!! – DB Limiter Friendly
The MBB now also offers a ‘sound limiter friendly’ package free of charge, therefore we can offer a full on live performance even if you have noise restrictions
MBB can add that personal touch to your Wedding too. By going on step further than any other band by learning 2 songs specifically for you. Whether that is your First Dance and a Father/Daughter Dance – or just a song that is special to you both – they take the time to learn and prepare in advance of your big day.
The MBB Band Testimonials
Thank you for your email. It’s quite bonkers to think that our wedding was over 3 months ago now; we’ve actually only just got our photos and video back this week, so have had a lovely time reliving the day.
We were so SO pleased we booked you guys – you made everything so easy for us, and absolutely everyone commented on how amazing it was to have a live big band sound to listen and throw ourselves around to! Thank you for making our day extra special, and for coming all the way down to perform – it was a long trip for you all, but you’d never have known, as your energy and fresh musical performances made it seem like you’d just travelled from round the corner, and your singer’s voice was quite spectacular. Thank you also for fulfilling a long-held ambition of mine – singing with a big band. It was just the most fun, and if you’re ever in need of a lady croonette to add to your band, you know where I am.
In my husband’s words, you were the icing on an extraordinary cake of a day. Thank you.
With very best wishes to you all,
Marcia and Daniel
Marcia and Daniel’s wedding.
Thank you so much for everything on Saturday. You guys were absolutely incredible, we could not of asked for more!
Joe and Emily.
Joe and Emily’s wedding, Oxfordshire
Just a short note to give feedback about Mike’s party last Saturday. The band were absolutely brilliant – we danced all night and those over 40 had aching bones the next day! Nobody complained though and loads of lovely emails about the band were received.
For specific feedback I want to say thanks to you for being so organised and professional and choosing a fabulous set.
Thanks to James the sound guy – the access wasn’t easy and it was raining which didn’t help – yet he carried on regardless and set up a fabulous sound experience. The singer was great and you were all lovely and most helpful.
Overall thanks so much for making it such a lovely night
Birthday Party in London.
I just wanted to thank you for an amazing evening. The band were getting rave review’s from everyone I spoke too. Letting my Uncle (he was my Dads brother but is so close to us) having the performance of his life was a very special moment for him and for us and I’d like to thank you for letting us do that. He and I will never forget that and it was the icing on the cake and a very special moment…I hadn’t cried all day but that was my breaking point!
The band and performance was exceptional and I’m so glad you guys enjoyed the day also. I will certainly tag the photos when we get them back and will tag anyone I see on social media.
Thanks again Chris, you have the best band I’ve ever heard and I’ve heard a few in my time, it really was a fantastic night and you guys helped make it that special.
Lee Quickmire, New Years Eve Wedding.
Just wanted to say on behalf of me and Katrina you and the guys where a absolutely fantastic last night! A real pleasure dealing with yourself in the build up you where very professional and on the evening really performed, great feedback from everyone and got even the the most reluctant dancers on there feet!
Hope you where well looked after with food and drinks and will be writing a review on your website. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Hopefully not the last time I see you perform
Marks wedding at Stoke Place, Buckinghamshire.
We and all the guest where absolutely blown away by your performance at the wedding. We loved every minute of it.
Everything was brilliant and you guys created a fantastic atmosphere.
Sean Cant, wedding, August 2016.
We were absolutely delighted to have booked the mini big band to play at our wedding reception. The standard was exceptional and the band had provided an extensive repertoire from which we were able to highlight our favoured songs. The band also had recordings of some numbers on sound cloud so that we could learn a first dance to the exact arrangement that they were to play on the night. It couldn’t have been easier – in the end we chose to charleston to “I want to be like you” which was fun and went down extremely well. I liaised with Chris mainly via email, but chatted on the phone nearer to the day so that arrangements could be finalised, nothing was too much trouble and the band was a real highlight. The keyboard player was booked earlier to play the piano during the meal and their set up was efficient.
The band had travelled from Yorkshire to London to play and they might be making the journey down the A1 more frequently as several guests at the wedding have been asking for their contact details, and all thank you letters have commented on their stunning performance, the dance floor was filled all night.
Chris – thank you for a stand out performance.
Christian and Mark
Christian Ardelys Wedding, London, September 2016.
I didn’t get the opportunity to properly thank you! Thank you so much for coming down it was a pleasure to have you guys there, everyone said you were absolutely amazing!
Muhammad, The Savoy Hotel, London.
Muhammad Najim, Wedding at The Savoy Hotel, London
I said it on the night but the band were spectacular on Saturday. The dance floor was packed throughout both sets and we had so so much fun!! We’ve had so many comments from our guests about how brilliant the band were, truly. Thank you for all of your help in arranging this, it was wonderful and exactly what we had imagined.
Holly Gallway, Hassop Hall, Derbyshire
Chris, a big thank you to you all for last night! It was fantastic! Just what we had hoped for!
What an amazing night!
Thanks again. Brilliant!
Mr and Mrs Harvey!
Geoff Harvey, wedding London.
So, I’d like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the whole group. It was an amazing night, brilliant singers, brilliant band, all worked so so well.
In terms of feedback from Guy, he loved it so much he gave me a kiss and said it was the best event in the festival, even better than his show, so i’m pretty sure it was a hit!
I’d love to have you back. I’m the lead programmer for Winter Festival, and I think it’d work brilliantly for that, big bands and Christmas always work well.
Participation Producer (Music)
Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival, The Southbank Festival
You were absolutely amazing and I am deeply touched by the way you all threw yourselves in to the evening and joined in with the raffle etc. this was so very kind of you. The guests loved you and I’m receiving compliments about you all round. I shall have to make sure we get some photos to you and we managed to raise lots of lovely money for our families.
Give my regards to the boys, true gentleman and a pleasure to work with.
Vicky Andreas, React Charity Ball, Richmond, London.
Sample Set List
All of MBB's music has been specially arranged for the 10 piece band to ensure we get that classic “big band swing sound”, a sound that smaller bands simply can not achieve. We have 100’s of songs in our repertoire, ranging from classic rat pack style swing, modern swing, jumpin’ jive and a few pop classics.
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin
Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin
Birth Of The Blues – Sammy Davis Jnr
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
Don’t Rain On My Parade – Bobby Darin
Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
For Once In My Life – Frank Sinatra
I Get A Kick Out Of You – Frank Sinatra
I Left My Heart In San francisco – Tony Bennett
It Had To Be You
I’ve Got A Lot of Livin’ To Do – Sammy Davis Jnr
I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra
King Of The Road – Dean Martin
Lets Face The Music And Dance – Frank Sinatra
Let There Be Love – Nat King Cole
L.O.V.E – Nat King Cole
Luck Be A Lady – Sinatra
Mac The Knife – Bobby Darin
Mambo Italiano – Dean Martin
Mr Bojangles – Sammy Davis Jnr
My Kind Of Town – Frank Sinatra
My Way – Frank Sinatra
New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
Nice And Easy – Frank Sinatra
One For My Baby – Frank Sinatra
Papa Loves Mambo
Saturday Night – Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night – Frank Sinatra
Sway – Michael Buble
That’s Amore – Dean Martin
That’s Life – Frank Sinatra
The Best Is Yet To Come – Frank Sinatra
The Candy Man – Sammy Davis Jnr
The Lady Is A Tramp – Frank Sinatra
The Tender Trap – Frank Sinatra
You Make Me Feel So Young – Frank Sinatra
What Kind Of Fool Am I – Sammy Davis Jnr
Volare – Dean Martin
Modern Pop Swing
Bring Me Sunshine – Morcombe and Wise
Call Me Irresponsible – Michael Buble
Could It Be Magic – Take Thatv
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Michael Buble
Creep – radiohead
Cry Me A River – Buble
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me – Robbie Williams
Feeling Good – Michael Buble
Sway – Michael Bubble
Moondance – Michael Buble
How Sweet It Is – Michael Buble
Happy Together – Mel Torme
Have You Met Miss Jones – Robbie Williams
Jump – Van Halen
Me and Mrs Jones – Michael Buble
My Baby Just Cares – Nina Simone
Pencil Full Of Lead – Paulo Nattini
Save The Last Dance – Michael Buble
Straighten Up And Fly Right – Robbie Williams
The Bare Neccessaties – Harry Connick Jr.
They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Robbie Williams
Wonderwall – Oasis
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – A Williams
Let The Good Times Roll
Mess Around – Ray Charles
Minnie The Moocher – Cab Colloway
What I’d Say – Ray Charles
Shake A Tail Feather
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson
I Wanna Be Like You
Jump, Jive & Wail
Pennies From Heaven
My Baby Just Cares
Baby Its Cold Outside
It’s Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas
Let It Snow
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
The Christmas Song
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.
2 x 60 Minute Sets
Q: What Geographical areas do You Cover?
A: The MBB are based in Yorkshire but are happy to travel anywhere in the UK, Europe or the World.
Q: How Long Do You Play For?
A: The MBB usually play two 1 hour long sets, however we are happy to split this time over 3 sets or even do 1 longer set if required. We can also play background music through our professional sound system before, in-between and after our sets. The MBB also feel that when you commit to us you deserve our services all night, so we offer a free DJ service with every package until our contracted times.
Q: What Do The Musicians Need?
A: Although the band comes completely self-contained, there are certain things that we will need. Such as an appropriate area to perform, a safe power supply, an appropriate room to get changed and store gear in and enough time to set up.
Q: How Long Does It Take To Set Up?
A: The MBB will need 1.5 hours from entering a room for set up to being ready to perform. Please allow time for this in your plans. At a push we can probably cut this down a little but please bear in mind that if your event runs behind this time cannot be made up in our set up time.
Q: Do We Need To Feed The Band?
A: Yes please. We do put this in our contracts as our rider. The MBB often travels for many hours to reach a venue, and once at the venue (often isolated) we are often all go setting up and getting ready to play. The food doesn’t have to be anything special but it really is greatly appreciated by the band.
Q: Can We Chose All of the songs for the set list?
A: You can certainly let us know which songs you would definitely love to hear and if there are any that you don’t like but please leave the set list to us. This is something that we spend hours developing over countless gigs, working out which songs go down well live and the songs that don’t. We take into account style, tempos and general flow of the whole evening to produce a set list that we know will work all night long.
Q: Can We see the band live?
A: Unfortunately most of our gigs are for private events so this is not possible. Our video and recordings are recorded in our studio but as live as possible, ie the whole band playing together. There are no overdubs or extra instruments added, what you hear is what you will get.
From time to time we do live public events so if you would like to see us live please let us know and if we have anything like this coming up I will be sure to let you know.
Q: Will the line up be the same as the video/photos/audio?
A: It is not fully possible for us to guarantee certain band members from our promotional material although we do try to stick to the this line up as much as possible. As you can imagine, with 100’s of shows to do and a 10 piece band it is not always possible to have the same line up on every event due to holidays and other professional commitments.
The Mini Big Band is a collection of some of the countries finest professional musicians and singers who along side working with The MBB, regularly perform at the highest level with the acts such as Jamiroquai, Ollie Murrs and on TV shows such as The X Factors Big Band Night and many of the counrtires top West End and touring musical shows (The Ratpack, Jersey Boys).
This level of professional musician means there is always a level of flexibility (you never know when Michael Buble will call!), as we are not just a group of friends or students playing music but a collection of the finest in demand musicians around! This will effect all professional bands of our high calibre and we feel it best to be open about this.
We have built our reputation on providing the highest quality entertainment and one of the countries finest modern swing shows over the past 5 years, by not excepting anything less than the highest quality of professional musicians and singers to feature in our band.
This means when booking The MBB you can rest assured that the quality of musicianship and entertainment that you will receive will be of the highest professional standard, providing you with a show that you will never forget!