The Ockbrook Big Band has been providing top class, 1940s Big Band style entertainment to the Midlands and surrounding areas for over twenty five years.
With a full sixteen 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 does provide something special for everyone to enjoy.
We have 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. 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 line up includes…………………
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.
Dee joined OBB early 2018. Singing before she could talk, Dee loves the big numbers as well as the emotive story behind all songs and finds inspiration in all the greats from Etta James to Adele. Dee delights in singing and feels very welcome in the OBB.
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 a keen spectator.
Derek – Derek is an original member of the band, playing bass from its 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!
Rosemary – 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.
Glenn – Our lead trombone player, is the Band’s Musical Director. An accomplished MC, Glenn has been in the band from day one and is widely known as ‘The Musical Undertaker’!!!
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.
Tim – Our 3rd trombonist. Tim is an early music loving, trombone and sackbut carrying bus passer, with interests in bicycle wheels, beer and the avoidance of domestic lists!
Dave – Our lead trumpet player, Dave is a long standing member of the band. He’s also a fine Flugelhorn player.
Roy – Professionally a linguist, Roy’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. His lyrical trumpet or dulcet flugel horn tones have been heard at venues such as in the Netherlands, the Black Forest and the Rhineland.
Mark – Alto 1:
Kath -Alto 2: Kath loves playing piano, alto, tenor and baritone sax with several local bands and music groups. She also enjoys trudging through the mud in Derbyshire and travelling the world visiting her four children who are often to be found outside the UK!
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.
Nick – Tenor 2: Having left Yorkshire in the 80s, Nick is now beginning to feel welcome in Derby. Still a supporter of Huddersfield Town FC and Yorkshire county cricket, the hills of Derbyshire provide a welcome opportunity for walking and a good beer. He and his wife Elaine enjoy dancing and many styles of music. Joining “OBB” in 2018 has been a great opportunity to develop as a saxophonist.
Peter – Peter plays baritone sax with the band. He plays soprano, alto and tenor sax with other bands ranging from a quartet to 50 piece ensembles and has even (a long time ago) had a guest appearance with the National Saxophone Choir.