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
 

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.

WHAT A SUMMER !

What a busy last few months for the Ember Big Band !  3 great evenings at the Black Swan (in Ockham) in the garden, an afternoon set at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, 2 showings of our very own tribute to the un-sung women of Big Band music (Fine Women & Song) and a Jubilee road trip to Dorset !  So ... we're taking a break through August ... but back on it in September.

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BILL GELDARD - 2022 HONOURS LIST

Absolutely thrilled to see our inspiration and much loved band leader on the 2022 Honours List, awarded a British Empire Medal for a lifetime service to music.  What a legend !!!  Thanks Bill for everything you've given the world of music.

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GREAT RECEPTION AT THE BARN THEATRE ARTS CLUB

 “Fine Women and Song” - Ember Big Band paid tribute to some of the world`s greatest female performers, musicians, composers and lyricists - many of whom didn`t get the credit or recognition they deserved. 

A warm evening in a very special venue.   Thank you for the great reception.

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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

  • The Black Swan @ Ockham - Al-Fresco - Sep 16th (to be confirmed)
    16 Sept, 19:00 – 22:00
    Cobham, Old Lane, Ockham, Cobham KT11 1NG, UK
    An evening of Big Band sounds in the garden of The Black Swan, Old Lane, Ockham KT11 1NG - booking advised to secure a table
  • Fundraising - St John's Egham
    Fri, 14 Oct
    Egham - St John's Church
    14 Oct, 19:30
    Egham - St John's Church, Egham TW20 9HR, UK
    Back to support the fund raising @ St John's - always a lovely evening - doors open at 7.30 - concert starts @ 8.00 - tickets £10 (£8 concessions) - book by calling Phil on 01784 473750
  • Fine Women and Song at Notre Dame School
    12 Nov, 19:00 – 22:30
    Cobham, Burwood House, Convent Ln, Cobham KT11 1HA, UK
    A re-run of our successful show - a retrospective of the (often) un-sung female role models through the history of Big Band music.
  • It wouldn't be Xmas without some Big Band sounds
    Sat, 10 Dec
    Claygate Village Hall
    10 Dec, 19:30
    Claygate Village Hall, Claygate, Esher KT10 0JL, UK
    Back for the usual pre-Xmas swinging serving of lush Big Band sounds Tickets to be advised.
  • 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!
 
 

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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