Five Star Swing

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
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Performing a broad selection of songs you'll know and love from the Swing era – Five Star Swing from Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller through to songs like Mr Bojangles & Bad Bad Leroy Brown plus foot stomping Blues, Jive & Jazz. The band performs as any size from three to seventeen-piece featuring multi-instrumentalists / vocalists and lead by Chris & Simone Smith. Five Star Swing have performed for Dame Vera Lynn, BBC TV’s “Children in Need”, runners-up for “Strictly Dance Fever”, Military Wives” national theatre tour, Blenheim Palace, Chelsea Flower Show, Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom... As seen on BBC TV's "Children in Need"
Dame Vera Lynn’s “Help for Heroes” Charity Ball
On stage at London’s Leicester Square Theatre.
"They swing like crazy - Superb !" Sheila Tracy (B.B.C.)

This band boasts multi-instrumentalists and singers lead by Chris Smith - former composer for Herb Miller (Glenn Miller's brother), BBC Big Band and the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.

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  • Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:

    Authentic Swing / Jazz / Big Band live music creating a special event for all age groups.

  • What are the highlights of your career?

    Appearances on Top of the Pops, Royal Command Variety Performance, Written for National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Kenny Ball, BBC Radio Big Band, ITV, BBC "Music Through Midnight", Capiial Radio, Jazz FM radio Ident', Fanfare for the Prince & Princess of Wales, Glenn Miller's Brother - Herb Miller Big Band, Performed at concerts throughout UK, ITV's "Strictly Dance Fever" runners-up, "Military Wives", Breakfast TV, Live Video recording at Albert Hall with original TV cast of "Fame". Performed for:- Phil Collins (private party), Rod Stewart (private party), Tony Blair (Labour Party Conference), Dame Vera Lynn Charity Ball, Chelsea Flower Shows, Blenheim Palace, Kensington Palace, Savoy Hotel, Grosvenor Hotel, H.M The Treasury, Westminster Cabinet War Rooms, BBC Children In Need, British Airways, Wembley Conference Centre, Kew Gardens, TV & Film Veterans Association, Lords Cricket Ground, Granada TV, Watford Football Club, Imperial War Museum, Terry Wogan, John Prescott, Café Royal, Henley Regatta, Pinewood Film Studios, Royal Wimbledon Golf Club..

  • What is your competitive advantage (special features)?

    Experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for the genre. Very big impressive sound, even with a small size band due to special musical arrangements and multi instrumentalists. We have stagewear for 1940's US Glenn Miller (Military style), Tuxedos for Sinatra / Las Vegas, Jazz style waistcoats, Black Tie..

  • What kind of events do you usually serve?

    Weddings, Corporate, Promotional, Anniversaries, Celebrations, Funerals, 1940's recreations, Public festivals, House Parties, Theatres, Council sponsored events, Charity fund Raisers.

  • How can event planners pay for your services?

    bacs / cheque / cash on invoice ten days prior to event

  • How long do you play for?

    3x's 40 minutes or 2x's 60 minutes

  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?

    Stage lighting and amplification are provided by Five Star Swing

  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?

    Full certification is available for inspection re:- PAT, PLI, Health & Safety, Full Method Statement.

  • How much space do you require?

    depending on band size booked - 3x4m / to 4x9m

  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?


  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?

    either 2x's 15mins, or 1x's 15mins

Set List/Services

Male Vocal

Mr Bojangles
It Had To Be You
Something Stupid
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Where or When
All The Way
Fly Me To The Moon
The Girl From Ippaneima
New York, New York
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
Strangers In The Night
King of the Swingers
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Something Stupid
Alright OK You Win
The Way You Look Tonight
I’ve the World on a String
Can’t Take my Eyes Off Of You
I’ve Got the world on a String
On A Wonderful Day Like Today.

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
Can’t Buy Me Love
Too Close for Comfort
Time after Time
Our Love is Here to Stay
My Baby Just Cares For \me

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 Medley
Tuxedo Junction
I Know Why
Other Big Band Classics

Begin The Beguine
Opus One
Sing Sing Sing
Flying Home
Jersey Bounce
Hot Toddy
Parkinson Show Theme
It’s You or No One
Salute To The Band Box
Pick Yourself Up
Pink Panther
Moose The Mooshe
A Night In Tunisia
Blues Brothers Medley
Take 5
Dear Hunter Theme

Jazz & Blues

Moose The Mooshe
A Night In Tunisia
Blues Brothers Medley
Take 5
O.K. Alright You Win
Blue Moon
Syrup of Phiggs
Over and Over Again
Sweet Home Chicago


Everybody Needs Somebody
Gimmie Some Lovin'
Sweet Home Chicago
O.K. Alright You Win

Soul Man
Midnight Hour
Peter Gunn Theme
Mustang Sally
Rock 'n' Roll Medley
Too Good To Be true (Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You).
My Baby Just cares For Me

War-time Sing-a-longs(not played unless requested)
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