Price Guide

What does it cost to book the Debonaires?

Dear Friends, I have stopped listing a guide price on this page because it was becoming less and less helpful to our customers.

Essentially the fees we charge are tailored to fit your circumstances and our circumstances on the date in question. Many customers are surprised that we play at large corporate events and festivals and yet we can comfortably fit the pocket of private individuals, so whether you are a bride on a budget or Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, just have an informal chat on the phone with Max and he can then give you a tailored, no obligation quotation matching your requirements Contact Max.

We are very keen to support worthy causes and therefore we are happy to offer discounts for charitable causes / fundraising events.

Things that affect price:

Certain dates of the year are very busy for bands such as for example New Year's Eve and Valentines Night, also how long and how late you want us to play, the day of the week, how busy we are and how far we need to travel.

We are based around the North West and Midlands so travel costs around Cheshire Lancashire Flintshire North Wales Shropshire The Wirral Staffordshire Derbyshire including of course Manchester Liverpool and Birmingham would be quite small if any.

Interestingly for customers in London and the Home Counties, yes the travel costs are much greater for us but our experience shows that we are still quite competitive, in comparison with London Bands. So food for thought.

We always endeavour to minimise travel cost for example by being creative with car sharing and we only charge at cost.

To confirm how much your specific event would cost, just contact Max either by phone or if you prefer, please use the contact form or send an Email to max @

Things Max will need to know are:

  • The date of your event
  • Where in the country you would like us to perform
  • Approximate timing
  • Nature of the event

The quotation Max gives you will be based upon the above information.

"I look forward to speaking with you.

Kind regards, Max."

The Debonaires Wedding Swing Band

Live Swing Dance Band the Debonaires

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“ 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'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 ,
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.

Public Events

Varsity Drag, If You Knew Suzie, You


Looks like we made some friends at the Lowther Pavilion Theatre last year. So pleased to be returning to this lovely venue and the lovely crowd for this years Roaring 20's Special.
Brush up on your Charleston, Drag, Black Bottom and Bunny Hug, although Ballroom and Swing Jive to 20's hits will be the order of the day I think.
This is a brilliant way to see in the New Year and the tickets are already selling fast. See you there, Boo-boo-pI-doo !

Dixie Jazz. Hollywood Music. Songs from Broadway. Las Vegas swing. Doris Day Sentimental Journey. Doris Day Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps.

PHOENIX JAZZ CLUB - Stoke on Trent - Wednesday 11th September 2019

Delighted to be invited back to "Pedro's Club" again this year. Modestly priced tickets on the door. Kick off 19:00hrs.
Venue: Phoenix Suite, Longton Rugby Club, Eastern Rise Sir Stanley Matthews Way ST4 8WG.
As usual a varied mix of vintage jazz music from the 20's 30's 40's 50's & 60's. See you there !



The 'Debs' are delighted to have been asked back to YANKS again this year to play at the Victory Swing Ball. We had a great time last year with a night of live swing music taking us all back to the day.
Box Office 07517 777837 or via website


Looking forward to making our debut at Morecambe this year performing for the Saturday evening Ballroom Blitz.

Its going to be a fab weekend, don't miss it !

Hope to see you all there.
Cheers Max.


Rosemary Clooney. Peggy Lee. Louis Armstrong. Glenn Miller. Harry James


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 !

Blackpool Ballroom Dancing. Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep, Jive, Charleston, Tango, Cha Cha Cha, Rhumba


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 !

100th Aniversary of the Royal Aire Force, RAF celebrations, Glenn Miller swing band for dancing. Stirctly Swing with the Debonaires


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.

Manchester Swing Band, Oldham, Bury and Prestwich.

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 Richard Gere Saddleworth Jive Jitterbug Debonaires

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.
Saddleworth School
High Street
Tickets 07517 777837

Help For Heroes. British Legion. Fund Raising

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

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