The Debonaires would love to join you on your big day. Vintage themed weddings / civil ceremonies are great fun and so memorable.
For a stylish wedding with a difference, the Debonaires Vintage Dance Orchestra/Little Big Band with their talented vocalists, provide that sophisticated vintage sound and atmosphere, keeping the dance floor jumping and swinging, as we emulate the great music from the 20's, 30's 40's, 50's & now our new offering: The Swinging 60’s ! Tell Max what kind of theme you would like, 20’s Gatsby/Peaky Blinders, 30’s Classic Hollywood, 40’s Big Band Swing/Jive, 50’s Rock’n’Roll, Swinging 60’s or just fabulous mixture of everything. To enjoy our music, you don't have to know how to dance, just how to have a good time!
If there is a special tune you both share, tell Max what it is, and he will make a special musical arrangement for the band to play for you. A lovely and traditional way to start the dancing.
References available of course.
They say nostalgia is not what it used to be, but the burgeoning retro / vintage scene in the UK is alive and kicking. Dance kicks that is!
Trumpet playing Band Leader Max Debon brings you his swinging little big band and talented vocalists to help you Lindy Hop, Jive, Jump and Swing your way back to the 30's 40's & 50's.
The Debonaires Swing Band is a popular attraction at vintage festivals and commemorative events, recreating the swinging sounds of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Louis Jordan and Duke Ellington to name a few.
Yes we do play a lot of fabulous war time events, but don’t forget 20’s Festivals, and with our new Swinging 60’s offering we can offer a nice ‘twist’ to 60’s festivals: Think more Austin Powers than Rolling Stones. You will love it !
The Debonaires Vintage Dance Orchestra/Swing Band is the ideal setting for your formal function, be it a Civic Reception, a Corporate Opening, or Fundraising Event. At your black tie dinner the Debonaires provide a large helping of classic vintage style whilst at the same time ensuring that all your guests enjoy themselves as we keep the dance floor jumping and swinging, emulating the great bands and performers from the 20's, 30's 40's & 50's and now the Swinging 60’s !
If your organisation has a special tune or anthem you would like performing at your event, Max would be very happy to make a special musical arrangement for you to ensure the event is tailored to your specific requirements.
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Manchester Swing Band Max Debon & the Debonaires
Social Dance - Palace Ballroom - Hindley Wigan - 1st October 2022
All are welcome to an evening of live music and dance at the Palace Ballroom / Hurst Dance Studios in Hindley, Wigan.
Ballroom - Latin American - Sequence - Dancing to Max Debon & the Debonaires !
Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show - 10th/11th September 2022
Very excited to have been invited to perform once again at the Imperial War Museum Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show this year. The Debonaires will be performing between 9:00 & 13:00hrs each morning before the show starts. Apparently 15,000 visitors per day are expected and I understand why. The line up of aircraft is amazing and some categories of tickets sell very quickly and are only available in advance.
We will be doing our best to get that Battle of Britain feeling going with the great swinging hits of the 30's & 40's. Come and join us !
1940's DANCE - LYTHAM ST. ANNES - 20th AUGUST 2022
Hello Folks, thrilled to announce we will be performing at the Lowther Pavillion Theatre once again in 2022, this time for the 1940's Dance.
It is a wonderful professional venue, with a great dance floor so come and dance to Messrs Miller, Goodman, Ellington and Dorsey on the Lanchashire Riviera !
More details to follow, stand by. Max.
WARTIME IN THE VALE - ASHDOWN WWII CAMP - EVESHAM- 25th JUNE 2022
I am very excited that the Debonaires have been asked to perform at the Wartime in the Vale weekend (25th-26th June 2022). This will be our first appearance I and it is looking like it is going to be a fabulous weekend of WWII hardware and fun. We will be playing for the Saturday night Ball, so keep an eye out on the WWV website and I will update you all here as details are finalised.
Keep the date !
HM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS - VICTORIA PARK STAFFORD
Very pleased to be part of the party in Stafford over the Jubilee weekend. There lots of things going on, but specifically if you would like to catch the Debonaires on the bandstand we are playing from 12:15 till 13:00 and 14:00 till15:00. Hope to see you there. Do give us a wave !
STAFFORD JAZZ SOCIETY
Delighted as always to be back at the White Eagle Club to play for the lovely members of Stafford Jazz Society, but especially so after two years due to this blinking pandemic. Still, organisers and musicians alike have been really responsible but lets keep our fingers crossed for May.
By the way it is NOT members only, the band and Nick and the members welcome Debs fans who have been missing us !
It is a Sunday lunchtime concert at 12:30 at the Polish Club, Stafford.
FESTIVAL OF VINTAGE - YORK RACECOURSE 30th APRIL 2022
Hello Folks, get the festival season off to fabulous start with the Festival of Vintage 30th April to 1st May for a weekend of nostalgia. As Keely says, "there is no time like the past".
The Debs will be performing at the evening ball on the 30th April, so it will great to see lots of our fans old and new and have a party with us.
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DANCE SPECTACULAR ! Whitby Ballroom Dance Section. October 16th 2021. PUBLIC EVENT - ELLESMERE PORT
A spectacular opportunity to socialise and dance to Max Debon & the Debonaires in full Ballroom and Latin American mode !
Looking forward to your flicks and kicks as we endeavor to be strictly on tempo with some great Big Band inspired 'proper' dance music. You know us, we are old school and proud of it.
Tickets from Cilla 0151 339 6085 or Diane 07904 30194.
See you there ! Max.
DUXFORD BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIRSHOW - 18th & 19th September 2021 CHOCKS AWAY !
YES It's chocks away for the BOB Airshow this September.
The Debonaires will be merely ground crew at this amazing airshow but we promise to put on a fabulous 40's show for you, and we will be joined by some other great acts and dancers. But: it's all about the planes. Having been up in a Spitfire a couple of years ago. There is nothing pedestrian about WWII warbirds !
VE75 CELEBRATIONS - HELPING TO FUNDRAISE - 8th MAY 2020 CANCELLED TO COMBAT CORONA VIRUS
We are delighted to be supporting the MACS Charity this year. MACS support children who are born with unformed eyes and their families.
We will be having a proper authentic VE Day knees up in Chorley Lancs, to an invited audience, so sorry there are no public tickets for sale. Very much a first come first served situation this year for VE75. The band have had so much interest, sorry to everyone who I have had to turn down. Happy VE Day, hope you are able to Roll Out the Barrel where you are !
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Max doesn't bite! Just pick up the phone and call Max Debon on 07979 501101.
If you prefer, please use our contact form or send him an email to
“ Very Good morning to you Max
Thank you so much for performing for us at Wartime in The Vale - you were all amazing and I really appreciate your talent and professionalism. ”
“ Thanks again for a great afternoon, and I’ve got to say, you guys have had some of the best feedback we have ever had – the entire room thought you were excellent ! ”
RH - Corporate Client
Thank you and the band for an excellent set it was absolutely fantastic. Everyone this morning as we are packing away has not stopped talking about the band.
Thank you again and see you next year I hope. ”
Flight Sergeant KW - MOD
“ Hi Max
Thanks for a great performance the feedback to us was 100% positive. We don't really have much choice about next year as we have (already) had requests for tickets for next years dance ! ”
GD Morecambe 1940's Revival
“ Thank you SO much to you all for playing the reception music at our wedding on Saturday. You were absolutely fantastic! You created the most warm, festive atmosphere to accompany the mulled wine and went completely out of your way to include Christmas songs we'd asked for. It was exactly what we wanted! Thank you, Scarlett xxx ”
“ If there was a prize for best dressed band this weekend's contestants would win hands down.
The band opened with a brief snatch of the theme tune to Strictly Come Dancing to herald Nick Balmforth in his role as compere onto the stage. This led on to songs from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s played in style by Leader and trumpet player - Max Debon, Austin Ralphson on the trombone, Rick Halliwell on the alto sax, Sarah Eastwood on clarinet and vocals, Peter 'Pedro' Robinson on double bass, Rob Turner on drums, Peter Wilson on keyboard and Anne Holder on saxophone.
We had it all - Mambo Italiano, The Folks who Live on the Hill, Stardust, American Patrol, Tiger Rag, My Baby Just Cares for Me and much much more, ending with an appropriate swing version of The Addams Family. In line with Strictly's favourite straight-talking Craig Revel Horwood it was Fab-u-lous ! ”
Stafford Jazz Society
“ Hi Max
I just want to place on record my sincere thanks to you all for your superb performance on Saturday night at my 50th Birthday Party.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the music and didn't want it to end. The dance floor was full throughout the night and with dancers of all ages. - a real tribute to your artistry.
Many of us woke up on Sunday morning quite bleary eyed but with so many of your wonderful tunes going around in our heads. You have created many many happy memories.
I will not hesitate to recommend you to other people.
Please convey my appreciation to the other band members.
With sincere thanks and good wishes.
“ Thanks you for providing excellent music and I look forward to doing business with you again as you made my job a lot easier. ”
CM Flight Sergeant MOD Stafford
“ We would like to thank Max and The Debonaires for their fantastic music at our wedding on Saturday.
They were so accommodating and even added a new song to their repertoire as I requested Gary Smiths favourite song of Bring Me Sunshine, he was over the moon when he heard it.
So many of our guests were mesmerized by Max and the music, we had lots commenting on how fantastic they were and how lovely it was to have a proper band playing!
Everything was perfect from the initial e-mail to the very end, I can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you so very much x ”
Claire and Gary
“ Thank you Deboniares for the most amazing night. You were just superb and made our 1940s party such fun and got everyone on the dance floor! We're trying to think of future parties just so that we can book you again! Thankyou thank you thank you! ”
Nancy and Tom
“ Hi Max, thank you for the fantastic music on our opening night. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We will be in touch soon to arrange a repeat booking. ”
Ruth Newman - Redhouse Inn
“ Thank you for sounding so amazing last night, from start to finish we loved every minute of it. Adam Borriello (groom).
You guys were amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed your sets -Couldn't stop dancing and singing! Thank you for helping to make their evening special.Cazz Prior (Bridesmaid). ”
Wedding of Izzy & Adam
“ Hi Max,
On behalf of the Civic Mayor of Tameside (Councillor Vincent Ricci) and all his guests, please accept our sincere thanks for a fantastic evening.
The event was a huge success and we are all so grateful to the Debonaires for helping to make the occasion so memorable.
Thank you once again, it was a pleasure working with you.
Best wishes. ”
JG - Tameside Mayor's Office
“ Hello Max great to hear from you
I`d like nothing better than to book the Debonaires for a show next year- easily the best dance band I`ve booked EVER!! ”
DT / Middlewich Town Council
“ On behalf of the Commanding Officer of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, I would like to thank you so much for playing at our Battle of Britain Dining-In Night. Your contribution was greatly appreciated and I have received numerous positive comments following your performance last night.
The Debonaires captured the mood of the evening perfectly; the selection of music was ideal and, on a personal note, the RAF March as the Top Table left was the icing on the cake.
Please pass on my thanks to all members of The Debonaires - you all helped make the event a great success. ”
Project Officer - Battle of Britain Dining-In Night
“ Thanks Max, you did us proud. Fabulous band! ”
Lavender Ribbon Cancer Charity
“ Morning Max
Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and your team .
Excellent , very professional, and also lovely people to work with . Your dedication and passion for your art is outstanding , and you took the evening to a different level with your music - amazing !
I would love to have you back to another supper club and hope you had a wonderful night yourselves .
Please pass on my thanks and appreciation again to your team , they were all excellent .
Hope to speak soon ,
Lady Absinthe x ”
Lady Absinthe / Buxton
“ I wanted to follow up on your wedding performance on the 24th November. Your band's performance was excellent and everyone had a wonderful time; I can't tell you how many people came up to me to ask where we found you and how good they said you all were. As a 'small' band you put out a 'big band sound', witness the crowded dance floor. ”
PM / Macclesfield
“ We all had a brilliant night at the Swingaroo christmas party - what a great party atmosphere - Awesome band, absolutely blew us all away at Swingaroo on Friday. Hopefully we're getting 'em back next year! ”
AD / Preston
“ Thanks again for playing at our wedding. The music was perfect for giving the drinks reception that 'vintage' feel and definitely added a touch of class! We have had so many lovely comments from guests. We really appreciated your professionalism on the day and beforehand in fitting round our ever changing plans and song preferences for the day. We will definitely be recommending the Debonaires to our friends for future events. ”
HB / Nantwich
“ We gave a great reception to the Debonaires. - as this 'small big band' reminded us of Duke, Glenn, Woody and others, and singer Sarah did the same for such as Ella, Peggy and Marilyn. Absolutely everything went with such a swing. ”
Brookdale Club / Stockport
The Debonaires are based around Manchester, Birmingham, Cheshire, Staffordshire, essentially the Midlands and North West but are happy to perform at venues nationwide.