Big band will perform music of the 30s-50s

The Fanfare Big Band will be performing at Blackfriars Theatre on Saturday from 7.30pm. NA
The Fanfare Big Band will be performing at Blackfriars Theatre on Saturday from 7.30pm. NA

BLACKFRIARS Theatre promises an authentic arrangements of the big bands of the 1930s, 40s and 50s this week.

When the Fanfare Big Band takes to the stage at the Spain Lane Venue on Saturday you can be sure of an evening of swing music from a full 16-piece big band.

The band features original arrangements from the Glenn Miller band, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and also the Great British Ted Heath Band.

The musicians are from all over the East Midlands, including some from the Boston area, including Dave Bagworth on trombone and vocals, Baz Zarbrock on trumpet, Mark Ferguson on piano, Tufty Gordon on sax, and Debbie Gray, who will be making her last performance with the band before going to collage to train as a nurse.

It also boasts some of the country’s top jazz artists and other soloists including up- and-coming young musicians such as vocalist Rebecca Smyth.

Directed by Gordon Grant, the Fanfare Big Band’s reputation has spread across Lincolnshire.

The Fanfare Big Band was re-formed from the original BBC Radio Leicester Big Band of which Gordon was musical director.

Gordon said: “When the Fanfare Big Band takes the stand, the sounds of an era are magically re-captured, taking you back to the days when you could switch on the radio and hear 'music’.”

The band boasts an extensive library of original arrangements collected by him over many years.

These include American Patrol, A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square, Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man, St Louis Blues March, Somewhere Over The Rainbow and By the Rivers of Babylon.

“Come and support us and your beautiful theatre which is run by a staff of lovely people who are all volunteers. See you there,” he added.

If someone is planning a special event or function they can also provide a jazz band, clled The Jazz All Stars.

For more information on the big band go to

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc).

To book call 01205 363108.