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 have rasied over £330,000 for local and national charities in its 27 year history.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Following a hugely successful summer which included the Big Band Summer Bash, Maidenhead Golf Club Fundraiser and Annual Binfield Heath Festival, the BBO are now looking forward to the Autumn Schedule which begins on Thursday the 26th September with the legendary month end charity concerts.
Fabulous evening, sold out and plans for bigger in 2014
BBO raised over £1,000 for the children in the Imani Orphanage, Kenya
The BBO Big Band’s next live gig is:
Thursday 26th September 2013 – 8:15pm-10:45pm (on stage times)
The Royal British Legion Hall, Station Approach, Marlow. SL7 1NT
Licenced Bar and Raffle
Tickets on the door just £6.00, please come and join us.
For those music lovers who like to know the concert programme, here is the Set List for the concert on Wednesday 21st August 2013 at Binfield Heath Flower Festival. Some tickets are still available.
It is packed full of well known favourites and toe tapping classic swing.
Basie straight ahead
Take the “A” train
It don’t mean a thing
String of pearls I get a kick out of you
I’ve got you under my skin
Orange coloured sky
When I fall in love
Nice ‘n’ easy
Bad, bad Leroy Brown
Sweet Georgia Brown
Sing, sing, sing
Little brown jug
Mack the knife
St. Louis blues
Can’t buy me love
Come fly with me
Theme from Sesame Street
Baby it’s cold outside
In the mood
The BBO will be performing a special Summer Concert on Saturday 13th July at St Michael’s Catholic School.
Brian Greene, drummer with the BBO said “This will be only the second concert that the band has ever promoted on its own; following on from the Anniversary Concert last November. We are determined to continually improve our promotional efforts so that we can increase our profile and maximise revenue for the charities we support.”
Adam Linnell, BBO band leader said,”We have charged Brian with the task of creating new events for the band to play at, and the Summer Bash is the second in a sequence of concerts we are promoting. The third is the Christmas Cracker Concert set for 14th December.
The band has renewed vigour following our anniversary and we know that our founder Roy wants us to keep moving forward.
The concert is in aid of The Imani Orphange and there are 150 seats available. The concert will feature a supportive visual element, building on the Timeline Concert and will be a superb night of sunny Big Band Swing.
To book your seats please contact:
BBO Big Band, 18, Spring Gardens Road, High Wycombe, Bucks. HP13 7AG
Cheques made payable to BBO Big Band £10.00 with stamp addressed envelope for return.
On Sunday night Brian Greene, BBO drummer, will be joining Michael Eagleton in the studio on the weekly Swing that Music. The show will heavily feature the BBO as well as some of Brian’s own favourite Swing music.
The BBO will launch their Anniversary DVD/CD Box set ‘Live and Moderately Perilous’ at a special month end concert at the Royal British Legion in Marlow on Thursday 30th May 2013.
Adam Linnell, the BBO band leader said, “We wanted to create an opportunity to celebrate the release of the first creative output from the band since the debut recording in 1993. The two disc box set contains a DVD, of the full 25th Anniversary Timeline Concert, which took place in November 2012.
In addition the box contains a CD recorded live in rehearsal. This is significant because the band was original simply a rehearsal band.
Special guests will be joining the band in celebrating the evening and the money raised from the evening will be donated to the Imani Orphange in Kenya, a charity supported by the pupils, staff and governors of St Michael’s Catholic School (3-19).
Drummer for the BBO, Brian Greene said, “The Imani Orphanage means a lot to the children at St Michael’s. The band became involved, when the staff of the school came to governors for additional support to ensure that the children’s efforts could be sustained. As one member of the governing team at the school I am very proud to be involved, on behalf of the governors, in providing some practical support for the children’s work, as well as moral encouragement for the staff who work extremely hard with the children”.
The band will be playing songs from the DVD and CD as part of an evening of classic big band swing.
The BBO celebrated its 25th anniversary with the Timeline concert at All Saints Church Marlow on the 10th November 2012. The concert was filmed in its entirety and will be available on DVD in April 2013.
The DVD will come with a free recording of the band from a rehearsal recorded in February 2012 and provides a snapshot of the band in its 25th year.
The 2 disc DVD and audio CD will be available for £9.99 at concerts and via post.
You can watch the promo video here on the band’s You Tube Channel