Louth’s Big Swing Band heading to the Embassy

Louth's Big Swing Band is heading to The Embassy.
Louth's Big Swing Band is heading to The Embassy.
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The Louth-based Big Swing Band which filled the seats at the Riverhead Theatre two nights on the trot in June is now to appear at The Embassy Theatre, Skegness.

The band, lead by high flying professional trumpeter, Steve Walker, will be presenting a new two hour show on Saturday, September 12.

Steve’s Big Swing Band – four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones and a powerhouse rhythm section – will be following the lead of the big name bands with a night of vintage swing popularised by the likes of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Basie, Ellington, Charlie Barnet and Frank Sinatra.

Steve will also be playing hit songs by famous trumpeters like Harry James and Eddie Calvert plus showing off his vocal talents with some Sinatra

favourites.

As well as showcasing the talents of individual musicians in the band, the evening will include songs by the band’s own Etta James, Christine

Scott, plus vintage dance routines by a glamourous troupe of Lisa Jay Dancers.

Playing for big name orchestras like Syd Lawrence, Joe Loss and Nelson Riddle gives Steve a good insight into what the public like to hear – only a

couple of weeks ago, he was playing in the British Philharmonic Orchestra’s Big Band doing a concert in Birmingham with American singer, Joe Francis.

As a freelance musician, he has also appeared all over the world with recording artistes like Martha Reeves and The Vandellas and The Miracles. Recently, he played a European Arena Tour ( including the 02 and Wembley) in Elvis in Concert in association with Elvis Presley Enterprises Graceland USA.

He also appeared on the BBC Proms in The Park in front of 45,000 people at London’s Hyde Park.

All this came from a career that started at the age of 14 when he got a full time membership of the Musicians’ Union playing in the tough north east clubland and dance band scene in Middlesborough following in the footsteps of his bandleader father, Arnie.

In the 1980s and 90s, he had his own band performing at Butlins and all the major UK holiday companies and top London hotels.

Prestigious cruise liners QE2, Canberra and Oriana followed.

He moved to Skegness in 1988 and as well as pursuing his international career, he has made a major contribution to the Lincolnshire music scene ever since.

He was the inspiration behind the Butlins Mineworkers Open National Brass Band Festival and is now Festival Director of the annual event at Skegness

Butlins.

Under his guidance, it has become one of the largest and most important weekends in the banding calendar.

As well as being a published arranger, brass band adjudicator and musical director, Steve also works part-time as a peripatetic brass teacher for the

Lincolnshire Music Service.

He conducts both the Skegness and the Alford Silver Bands and now, finally, from being the man behind the music, he is the man in the star dressing room at The Embassy.

Steve commented: “This is something I have wanted to do for a long while. The Big Swing Band is an exciting project and I am working with the best local amateur and professional musicians I can find. Weekly rehearsals in Louth are exhilarating and there is no end to what we can and are achieving. These people are prepared to travel over 1000 miles a year to rehearsals and work their socks off to make this band the best we can.”

Tickets for the show can be purchased at the Embassy Theatre and at Tourist Information Centres in Louth, Mablethorpe, Horncastle, Tattershall and

Woodhall Spa as well as online at www.embassytheatre.co.uk and by phone 01507 603100.