BBO Big Band

The BBO Big Band have been playing classic big band swing music since 1986, raising over £330,000 for local and national charities. Please take time to explore our up and coming events, as well as be entertained by our videos and media created over the years.

  • The BBO Big Band were formed in 1986 by Roy Hole, read more...

    The BBO Big Band were formed in 1986 by Roy Hole, read more...

  • The BBO Big Band have rasied over £330,000 for local and national charities in its 27 year history.

    The BBO Big Band have rasied over £330,000 for local and national charities in its 27 year history.

Timeline DVD

Timeline DVD

The BBO celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2012 with a live concert and the recording of a live rehearsal. The concert was filmed and you can now enjoy our celebrations with the Timeline DVD and CD Box Set. Just £10!
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Charity Gigs

Charity Gigs

The BBO Big Band are available to hire for your charitable events. We donate 74% of the band's standard fee to support your cause and raise as much money as possible. Get in contact to discuss how we can support your fundraising and create a memorable evening.
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Monthly Gigs

Monthly Gigs

The BBO play regular end of month charity concerts at The Royal British Legion Hall in Marlow. The concerts are open to the public and are held on the last Thursday of the months: January-June; September-November. Licenced Bar and Raffle. Tickets just £6 on the door.
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Live Events

Live Events

The BBO is available for hire. We are invited and hired to play at concerts, festivals and celebrations such as weddings and birthday parties, so please feel free to contact us and discuss what you need to make your event special. Contact us now!
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Busy Autumn for BBO

The gigs are coming thick and fast in October and November starting with next weeks, Month End Concert at The Royal British Legion in Marlow. Thursday 30th October. Fun starts at 8:15pm, with raffle and licenced bar and entry just £6 on the door with proceeds going to RBL for their annual Poppy Appeal.

November has the annual fundraiser for Claire Sadler Foundation with Jazz by Candellight on Friday 21st, Saturday is at Benson Church and Sunday 23rd the mini tour lands in Bourne End at the annual THROB concert.

The November month end concert on Thursday the 27th is the last chance to see the band before Xmas at the RBL.

I hope you can join us soon.

BBO Live – Bourne End – In aid of THROB

Tickets are now available for the annual fundraiser for THROB which takes place at Bourne End Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday 23rd November 2014.

You can get your tickets directly from BECC, Tourist Information Centres in Marlow, High Wycombe and Princes Risborough and from Rodney Crouch on 01628 671503 or e-mail:

Tickets are £12.00 per person.



BBO Summer Bash Tickets 5th July 2014

The BBO Big Band Summer Bash will be held at the wonderful All Saints Church, The Causeway, Marlow on Saturday 5th July 2014 at 7:30pm.

The concert will help support All Saints Church and The Marlow Town Mayor’s Charities.

Tickets are priced just £10 and are available from Thursday 5th June from:

BBO Box Office Brian Greene- Tel 01494 534880 | |SAE payable to BBO Big Band, 18 Spring Gardens Road, High Wycombe. HP13 7AG

Mayor’s Box Office Roger Smith Tel 01628 482546   |

Tourist Information Centres

55A High St, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1BA 01628 483597

High Wycombe Library 5 Eden Pl, High Wycombe 01494 421892

Horns Ln, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 0AW 01844 274795


BBO to play for Imani Orphanage

The BBO end of month concert at the RBL Marlow is on Thursday 27th March at 8:15pm. Raffle and licenced bar. The band have supported the Imani Orphange in Kenya and have raised over £2,000 over the last 2 years, including last years very successful Summer Bash Concert at St Michael’s Catholic School.

Tickets on the door are just £6, so look forward to seeing you there.

BBO Big Summer Bash – Saturday 5th July 2014 All Saints Church, Marlow

Please watch this date, as we are provisionally booked to play at All Saints Church in Marlow on Saturday 5th July. It will be a great swing night, with classic favourites and  a promise of lots of songs from our wonderful vocalists.

Plan is 7:30pm, tickets  £10, there will be a licensed bar. More details to follow.


January End of Month Programme

The BBO start the new year with their legendary month end concerts on Thursday 30th January at their home at The Royal British Legion. The programme for the evening is here. Swingtastic!

Doors open at 7 pm, Noise starts at 8.15pm. Raffle and Licenced Bar. Entrance £6 on the door.

Please join us and bring a friend!

Basie straight ahead
I’ll take romance
Basically blues
Nice work if you can get it
How long has this been going on
Rabble rouser
Things ain’t what they used to be
You Are the Sunshine of my Life
Goody Goody
Nada mas
Tuxedo junction
Hand Out Thur
Flyin Home


Love for sale
Quincy and the count
Never been in love before
You took advantage of me
Fascinatin’ Rhythm
Lonely street
Who can I turn to?
Tender Trap
Didn’t We
Sweet Georgia Brown
Flight of the floo birds
Count Baba

Jazz in Reading

You can now find all our BBO Big Band Live events, together with all the local Jazz listings on the excellent Jazz in Reading website.

Our thanks to Nigel Dacombe for his support and help.



BBO Open 2014 at RBL Marlow Thursday 30th January

The 2014 Gig list is now available and now starts with an appearance by the BBO at the RBL Marlow on the 30th January. Doors open at 7pm and the band are live at 8:15pm. Tickets are £6 on the door and there is a raffle and licensed bar.


Date Day Where What Time
30/01/2014 Thursday RBL Club – End of Month Age Concern Marlow 8.15pm
27/02/2014 Thursday RBL Club – End of Month Iain Rennie 8.15pm
27/03/2014 Thursday RBL Club – End of Month Imani Orphanage 8.15pm
24/04/2014 Thursday RBL Club – End of Month Elizabeth House 8.15pm
25/04/2014 Friday Maidenhead Town Hall Mayors Charity Concert 7.30pm
29/05/2014 Thursday RBL Club – End of Month The Walk Centre Kenya 8.00pm
26/06/2014 Thursday RBL Club – End of Month TOFS 8.15pm
05/07/2014 Saturday All Saints Church- Marlow Big Band Summer Bash 7.30pm
18/07/2014 Friday Maidenhead Golf Club Golf Club Dinner Dance 9.00pm
25/09/2014 Thursday RBL Club – End of Month  TBA 8.15pm
30/10/2014 Thursday RBL Club – End of Month  TBA 8.15pm
27/11/2014 Thursday RBL Club – End of Month MNDA 8.15pm


Concert for THROB 24/11/2013 -Ticket Information

Tickets for the Concert in support of Throb are now on sale.

You can buy your tickets from the Tourist Information Centres in Marlow, High Wycombe and Princes Risborough as well as by ‘phone from Throb – 01628/633730.

The concert is being held at The Bourne End Community Centre on Sunday the 24th November at 7:30pm.

Details of the concert and events are on Throbs website i

BBO nominated for community champions award

The BBO Big Band have been nominated and short listed for Community Champions Award 2013 by Wycombe District Council. The nomination is in the category of best community group and is for raising over £330,000 for charity since the band’s inception in 1986.


Brian Greene, drummer and marketing manager for the band,  said ” This is wonderful news and especially for members of the band who have been helping raise funds for local charities for nearly 3 decades. This  really  is no more recognition than they deserve. Ron Long and Tricia Bassett have been in the band over 20 years, with Ron himself being the sole remaining original member.”

The band will find out on the 26th September whether they will have won the 2013 award and will be represented on the evening by Hilary Spiers,  who plays Trombone in the band. Ironically, Hilary will be the only member available to attend, as the band are playing at their regular month end concert at The Royal British Legion Hall in Marlow, raising money for MacMillan Nurses.

For more information on the BBO then please feel free to contact the band.