Dancing

The Debonaires performing at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence Dancing

Our 8-piece band of talented musicians/vocalists led by the very experienced bandleader Max Debon, would love to perform for you.

Whether you are hosting:

  • Social Dances
  • Presentation Evenings
  • Dancing Holidays
  • Competitions
  • ‘Strictly’ Themed Events
  • Dinner Dances

The Debonaires are the perfect strict tempo dance band.

Spotlight on Sarah Eastwood

Sarah Eastwood, an Associate Latin American Dance instructor of the National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD)

Sarah is our wonderful vocalist and clarinetist. But in addition to her musical skills, Sarah is a former competitor and an Associate Latin American Dance instructor of the National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD).

Sarah oversees all aspects of the Debonaires offering for Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence events.

If there is a specific dance you require, Max will be happy to make a special orchestration for the band to play at your dance event.

Contact either Sarah or Max with your dancing needs.

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Some comments from our Customers

“ We have had the great pleasure of being entertained by Max and his Debonaires for several of our live big band dance evenings. Having a live band with vocals of their calibre is something special, playing for a wide audience with a variety of ballroom, latin and sequence dance music. Max is not only friendly and easy to communicate with but he and the band are also flexible. ”

Whitby Ballroom Dance Section.

“ Thanks Max, you did us proud. Fabulous band! ”

Lavender Ribbon Cancer Charity

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Public Events

swing jive dance music

WARTIME IN THE VALE

Get your military and vintage hardware polished up ready for this year's Wartime in the Vale weekend 15th/16th June.
The Debonaires will be performing Saturday evening, playing a range of lively vintage dance music from the 1930's to the 60's!
See you there, Max.

Fever by Peggy Lee. The Folks That Live On the Hill.

STAFFORD JAZZ SOCIETY - SUNDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT - 10th DECEMBER 2023

Delighted as always to be invited to perform for Stafford Jazz Society at the White Eagle Club, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH. 12:30.
It is a great opportunity for us to play some Jazz music we would not normally play for a dance, and also to get those feet tapping to some of our more energetic numbers! See you there!

Social Dance 21st October 2023 - Ballroom, Latin American & Sequence - Whitby Dance Club Ellesmereport - All Welcome

Tickets from Cilla Smith 0151 3396085
Venue: Whitby Club, Dunkirk Lane/Chester Road, Ellesmere Port.

BATTLE OF BRITAIN GLENN MILLER MUSIC

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show - 16th/17th September 2023

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 !

Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman

1940

Hello Folks, thrilled to announce we will be performing at the Lowther Pavillion Theatre once again in 2023, for the1940's Dance. It is an evening performance in the Theatre itself.
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.

forties event, 40

WARTIME IN THE VALE - ASHDOWN WWII CAMP - EVESHAM- 17th JUNE 2023

I am very excited that the Debonaires have been asked to perform at the Wartime in the Vale weekend (17th-18th June 2023). This will be our second appearance and we had such a ball last year ! This will 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 !

Cha Cha, Rhumba, Paso Doble, Salsa

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 !
tickets.info

spitfire squadron flying home Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Airshow

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 !


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Testimonials

“ Max, simply lovely - thankyou so much. Better than ever. ”

Stafford Jazz Society

“ We have had the great pleasure of being entertained by Max and his Debonaires for several of our live big band dance evenings. Having a live band with vocals of their calibre is something special, playing for a wide audience with a variety of ballroom, latin and sequence dance music. Max is not only friendly and easy to communicate with but he and the band are also flexible. ”

Whitby Ballroom Dance Section.

“ 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. ”

K.R.

“ 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

“ Max,
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 ”

Scarlett McGuinley-Hughes

“ 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.
Gary ”

Garry Poole

“ 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

“ 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 ,
Warmest Regards
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

Live Music, Swing Band, Lindy Hop, Dance Band

The Debonaires are based around Manchester, Birmingham, Cheshire, Staffordshire, essentially the Midlands and North West but are happy to perform at venues nationwide.