THE EMBER BIG BAND

the big band at the heart of Elmbridge

(some) of our Altos
Great vocalists
Legends (and future legends)
Two Tenors
Trumpets a go go
Supporting Children in Need
90 years young !
Uptown @ the RAC
Loud horns loud shirts
Showtime
Back stage
The Tenors
Bones galore
the Brass section
Following the maestro
the Brass
exploring the RAC
Another night to remember
Wow
Loud Horns, Loud Shirts
Louise
Boa
Backstage
Sway
Hollywood
concentration
on the stairs
 

THE EMBER BIG BAND: THE STORY

the Ember Big Band first embarked on their musical voyage of discovery together as a cohesive Big Band in 2010.  Under the guidance of the legendary trombonist and arranger, Bill Geldard, they have developed their sound and command of an extensive repertoire.  With a full line up of community minded musicians and vocalists, they have performed across the borough of Elmbridge, and wider afield, raising money for some amazing charity projects.  For more information or want to get involved, please get in touch.

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Upcoming Events

  • Ember Big Band - Live 'n' Kicking
    Sat, 20 Nov
    Hammond Theatre
    20 Nov, 20:00
    Hammond Theatre, Hanworth Rd, Hampton TW12 3HD, UK
    In aid of Shooting Star Children's Hospices. EBB celebrates 60 years of popular music from Basie to Beatles, Fred Astaire to Aretha Franklin, Crosby to Queen. Hosted by Radio 2's Ken Bruce and Conducted by Strictly on Tour MD, Allan Rogers. Tickets from http://www.shootingstar.org.uk/EBB21
  • Swinging into Christmas at the Claygate Village Hall
    11 Dec, 19:00
    Claygate, Claygate, Esher KT10 0JL, UK
    Back for the usual pre-Xmas swinging serving of lush Big Band sounds
  • Valentine residence at the Ember Sports and Social Club
    Valentine residence at the Ember Sports and Social Club
    Fri, 11 Feb
    Esher
    11 Feb 2022, 19:00 – 12 Feb 2022, 22:00
    Esher, Grove Way, Esher KT10 8HL, UK
    Two nights Big Band music for the members (only) of the Ember Sports Club
  • Band Rehearsals
    Band Rehearsals
    Every Monday evening
    Stoke D'Abernon
    Every Monday evening
    Stoke D'Abernon, Stoke D'Abernon, Cobham KT11, UK
    Rehearsing back together in person, with some COVID precautions!
  • Down at Marney's BBQ
    Sat, 25 Sept
    Esher
    25 Sept, 12:00 – 15:00
    Esher, Alma Rd, Esher KT10 8JN, UK
    informal lunchtime in the garden - BOOKINGS ONLY - call 020-8398-4444 or reserve@ marneys.co.uk or opentable.co.uk
 

NEWS & UPDATES

Get all the latest the Ember Big Band news including past events, music announcements, and other happenings in the life of a busy and community focussed Big Band.

HITTING IT FOR SIX @ STOKE D'ABERNON

Great evening in the company of the colt's section at Stoke D'Abernon - thanks for having us and being part of your evening ... beer and burgers kept the Band happy .... 

"Thank you so much for tonight. Your band was amazing and absolutely made the evening. Everyone was talking about it and it made for a great atmosphere. The test match special theme tune was very apt!"


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GREAT EVENING AT THE BLACK SWAN

Thanks to the Black Swan in Ockham for hosting us in their garden. Hope the diners enjoyed it as much as we did.

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EMBER BIG BAND WELCOMES NEW SINGER

Our new male singer, Daniel, made his debut with us at The Riverhouse Barn.  Rock on, Daniel!

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BACK WITH A BANG !

Our first gig after 18 months of playing only online was `alfresco` at The Riverhouse Barn, Walton (August 14th).   We played to a packed house on a `mini Glasbonbury` stage - and the sun decided to shine.  A good omen, we think!

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LIVE (AND KICKING) AFTER LOCKDOWN !

With restrictions now off we're starting to get back into the groove with in person rehearsals and performances.  Friday 20th August sees us down at the Black Swan in Ockham.   Later in the year, we've confirmed our charity fund raiser on 20th November, with some really exciting special guests.   

So, if you are organising an event this summer (and outside) and would like a big band sound we're really up for it .. so please do get in touch.

It's great to be back! 

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LOOKING FOR TRUMPET PLAYERS !

With the natural rhythm of life, a number of our trumpet players have grown up or moved home and so we are looking to add new members to our Trumpet section.  

If you are a developing or accomplished trumpet player, with a love for big band music, young or old we'd love to hear from you, particularly as we start to look forward to band life after lockdown. 

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GIGS WE LOVE

We're not an events band ... so what sort of gigs do we love playing ... to be honest any, but here are a few that stand out for us... 

Our charity concerts at the Hammond Theatre in aid of both the Shooting Star and the Princess Alice Hospice charities

The evenings at the Walton Beer Festival

Al-fresco at Marney's Village Inn

Our monthly Monday slot at the Albion

Our annual Christmas concert at Claygate Village Hall

the intimate Barn theatre in Molesey

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LOCKDOWN 3.0

So, through this and the last lockdown, we've kept in touch and rehearsed together over ZOOM.  We've also been joined by some amazing special guests including Louise Marshall, Simon May, Laurie Holloway, Alan Barnes and Bruce Adams.  It's been really inspiring to get their thoughts and ideas, recollections and stories and also to stay connected as a band through this last year.

We've also, with some our more technical members, got the whole band live on the Internet playing in real time using the power of Jamulus software and the AWS cloud.  It has added a whole new dimension to play together whilst being apart.  Please do get in touch and we can share how we got it working for our band.

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OUR REPERTOIRE

just some of the tunes we love

timeless

CLASSIC SWING

Little Brown Jug
Sing Sing Sing
Tuxedo Junction
In The Mood
Pennsylvania 65000
Beyond The Sea
Come Fly With Me
Flight of the Foo Bird 
Shiny Stockings
Cute

funky

UPBEAT GROOVES

Sax To The Max
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Mambo
Carwash
Birdland
Route 66
Green Onions

soulful

SLOW BALLADS

Alfie
Lil' Darlin
Moon River
My Funny Valentine
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Summertime 
Feeling Good
Cry Me A River

dreamy

LUSH VOCALS

The Lady Is A Tramp

Mack The Knife
The Summer Wind

The Look of Love

Why Don't You Do Right

Fever

At Last

What Is This Thing Called Love

foot tapping

CROWD PLEASERS

In The Midnight Hour

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

New York New York

Everything

Haven't Met You Yet

Blue Suede Shoes

driving

LATIN

Sway
Save The Last Dance For Me

Chili Pepper 101

Livin La Vida Loca

Mas Que Nada

Girl From Ipanema
Peanut Vendor

If your favourite isn't here, we might still have it in our 200+ list of tunes we play

 

CONTACT / BOOK US

Want to learn more about the Ember Big Band, book us, or want to join us? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.  We (NORMALLY) rehearse every Monday 8-10pm down in Cobham, at the United Reform Church.  We've recently moved back to in person rehearsals with C-19 measures in place, and also continuing to utilise our real time jamming platform on Jamulus, keeping it real over these difficult times.

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