Booking the band

Straight no chaser is available to hire as a function band for all occasions, From private parties, weddings, functions, birthdays etc to club, theatre and festival bookings.

Do bear in mind before booking the band that we are a large ensemble and require a medium to large size venue to perform in. If in doubt please get in contact to discuss how much space is needed. However we do also perform as 14, 8 and 5 piece outfits so we can always find a group to suit your requirements. Other players who work with the band can also offer soul bands, funk and covers groups, jazz quartets, string quartet, even soprano and harp!

At your request we can also provide a complete musical package for your evening by providing DJ for before and after our performances, or a cocktail pianist for during your meal.

We are extremely experienced at providing this sort of entertainment so you can feel confident that we will be able to create the correct mood for your particular event, be that soft background sounds, dancing or the most fantastic party music. What could make an event more special than a full Big Band?

If you would like to know more about how we sound please have a listen to our mp3 files or even better; come down to one of our monthly public sessions at Rowfant House or one of our other gigs.



We are keen to help with charitable fund raising events and have a separate charging rate to accommodate such performances.



Our performances can be adapted to suit any particular occasion’s needs. We are happy to offer choices of music suited to dance or concert settings. We often offer specialised “themed” performances; i.e. Rat Pack, Latin American, Music of Count Basie, Swing Jive, Sounds of the 40’s, Glenn Miller (in military uniform of course!) etc, etc…



We work with a number of different vocalists, Gary Wright provides our male Vocals in the style of Sinatra, Bobby Darren etc… whilst female vocals are provided by Sue Rivers and Jaqui Samson . Please advise us of any preference of singer when you book the band. Or why not have more than one! If any particular singer is not available (they do work with other people too!) we will offer you suitable alternatives.


We are more than happy to include any particular favourite tunes you may have within our performance. However if songs are outside our current repertoire (over 300 arrangments) we can provide these at the cost of the new chart, or can perform some numbers as a smaller ensemble which will normally make any requiest possible. Of course please give as much notice as possible when making special requests for an event.