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 Swing 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, a style of music still popularized today by artistes such as Caro Emerald, Michael Buble, Jamie Cullum & Robbie Williams. 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.
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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.
The Debonaires 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 from the 20's, 30's 40's & 50'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
LUNCHTIME CONCERT - STAFFORD JAZZ SOCIETY - 27th January 2019
How lovely to have been invited back to Stafford. A lovely venue and a lovely bunch of jazz club members, why not join us all for a nice relaxing Sunday lunch time for some hot orchestrated vintage jazz music. Venue is the White Eagle Club Stafford (12:30 till 14:30hrs). Host Nick Balmforth will give Debonaires fans his usual warm welcome. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Max Debon & the Debonaires in concert. We will be playing your favourites and slipping in some new material. Actually when I say new material the 1st 'new' one that comes to mind is W.C.Handy's Memphis Blues from 1914 so perhaps I should say, new to us !
NEW YEAR'S EVE - TARTAN BALL - LOWTHER PAVILION
Looking forward to making lots of new friends in Lytham St Annes on NYE and making our debut at the very nice Lowther Pavilion Theatre. Old friends too, do come and make a night of it with us, lots of lovely hotels in this charming little resort town just south of Blackpool.
A traditional dance evening, so something for everyone, featuring Swing Jive, Modern Ballroom, Sequence and Latin American dancing with a sprinkling from north of the border. Dig out that Tartan bow tie you never thought you would wear again !
DUXFORD BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIRSHOW 22nd/23rd SEPTEMBER 2018
Very excited to have been invited to perform at the Imperial War Museum Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show once again this year. This is the 100th anniversary of the RAF Air Show so expect something extra special. The line up of aircraft is always amazing.
Tickets in advance only. Website is HERE
Come and support the Debonaires as we get that Battle of Britain feeling going with the great swinging hits of the 30's & 40's. Come and join us and some other great vintage entertainers for a special show even Max doesn't know the details of yet !!
See our Videos page.
Live At The Phoenix Jazz Club - 5th September- Stoke on Trent
Here we go again !
Very happy to be returning to this fabulous set of people for our annual knees up at the Club, featuring a concert of jazz music from the 1920's to the 60's with our (almost) Big Band sound.
The Phoenix Jazz Club is hosted at the Longton Rugby Club, Phoenix Suite, Stoke-on-Trent. 19:00 hrs See you there!
Details of the Phoenix Suite Here
Yanks are back in Saddleworth !
Very pleased and (excited as usual) to have been asked to perform at the Yanks festival this year for the Victory Swing Ball on the 11th August 2018.
This is THE seminal 1940's event and we are really looking forward to bringing the big band sound back to Saddleworth. Come on all you Debs fans, get yourselves over there.
Tickets 07517 777837
Forties Night In Aid of Help For Heroes !
One night only, 9th June - a fabulous forties night in aid of Help for Heroes and the British Legion.
The Centre, Jackmans Estate, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 2NH.
INFO AND TICKETS 01462 642525
Prestwich Swinging Ball - 16th February 2018
Delighted that our first public event of 2018 will be a new event for us, sharing the stage with the fabulous Swing Commanders. As part of a regular series of Swinging Balls at Prestwich hosted by the Swing Commanders we are looking forward to making our debut. Sounds like a fabulous night, 2 bands playing swing in two very different but complimentary styles.
Venue is:Longfield Suite, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AY.
Further details HERE
Stockport Plaza - Winter Cafe - 8th December 2017
Following our debut last year, we are delighted to be bringing back the Debonaires 5 piece 'Cabaret' band once more to the Plaza to play for diners. We had a lovely evening last year with a great atmosphere.
It was sold out except for one ticket last year so get a wriggle on if you would like tickets !
Stafford Jazz Society - Sunday 29th October 2017
Having made our debut at Stafford Jazz Society back in April we are very pleased to have been invited back this Autumn. A lovely venue and a lovely bunch of jazz club members, why not join us all for a nice relaxing Sunday lunch time for some hot orchestrated vintage jazz music. Venue is the White Eagle Club Stafford (12:30 till 14:30hrs). Host Nick Balmforth will give Debonaires fans his usual warm welcome. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Max Debon & the Debonaires in concert. We will be playing your favourites and slipping in some new material.
Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show - 23rd/24th September 2017
Very excited to have been invited to perform 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 are already sold out.
Tickets in advance only. Website is HERE
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 !
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“ If there was a prize for best dressed band this week’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, Americal 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.