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The SOUTH COAST SWINGTET

An Octet formed from the Big Band

Just as Dave Pell formed an Octet from the famous Les Brown, "Band of Renown" the South Coast Swingtet has been formed from the 'LET'S DANCE' Big Band also. We can best be described as a 'jazzy' dance band with an instrumentation of ----
bullet3 Saxes, all doubling on soprano to baritone saxes, clarinets and flutes.
bulletTrumpet
bulletTrombone
bulletRhythm Section of Piano, Double Bass and Drums.

We have played for Weddings, Debutant Balls, Ballroom dancing, Birthday Parties, Jazz Concerts, Charity fund-raisers and Festivals and almost any type of function apart from those requiring 'pop' music.

An example of our music can be heard in the background midi file of our theme tune on this page;

"Mikes Peak" composed and arranged by Shorty Rogers as played by the Dave Pell Octet and used with Dave's kind permission.

Our repertoire is made up from some of the Big Band music where our line-up of three saxes still gives a full sound plus a number of 'Dixie' or 'Trad' Jazz tunes, a large number of Dave Pell Octet 'charts' [the line-up for these is, Tenor Sax, Baritone sax, Trumpet, Trombone and Guitar in the front line plus 3 Rhythm, we have re-written the Guitar part onto another sax to keep the harmonies] and some 'rocky' or 'rhythm and blues' tunes. As with the big band we are also able to provide music for 'olde time' dancing, some Latin. and for Weddings we go to a lot of trouble to make this very special day, one that will always be remembered with joy. There are some vocals from the band members or one or both of our resident singers can be added to the line up.

Our charges are based on the Musicians Award Rate with special rates for Weddings.

Call us on [03] 9551 7363 [in Melbourne, Australia] 

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