The Retro Swing Band plays all the great jazz, swing and standards from the 1920s-1960s. We also specialize in ballroom dance music. Select from the Retro Swing Quartet, Quintet or Octet. Unique among bands, Retro Swing's top-notch studio musicians can play all your retro requests on the spot and we work closely with you to make the music for your event perfect! See www.bigband.com for more information, our list of thrilled prior customers and where to see us live. We bring classic retro elegance to your event while tailoring our music to the crowd for a fun and exiting party!
Retro Swing Band helped make our event successful. They were extremely quick to reply to all correspondence leading up to the event, were on time to set up for sound check and brought their own PA. They had no problem staying on our time line, and made everyone want to dance to their 1920s songs.
In between sets, we had arranged for a dance performance to be done on the house sound system with a sound file. The dance choreographer didn't want a live band to play during the performance, and thought the music file used for rehearsal would be safer. As soon as the dance performance started we had technical problems with the music file's sound level. It would have been a big disaster, but Retro Swing Band recognized the problem and began playing the song on their sound system, instantly fixing the problem. As the 2 minute dance performance was ending, our guests swarmed the dance floor. The event ended on a high note with most of our guests dancing and enjoying themselves. My organization would definitely want to hire Retro Swing Band again.
I hired Liz Holmes and The Retro Swing Band for a 20’s-themed birthday party and could not be more satisfied! They provided such a great atmosphere during the party, everyone loved them! The band played so well no matter what decade was requested (20’s-50’s) and Liz sang so beautifully. They were also very flexible and accommodating to our timeline, which was much appreciated. Liz was such a pleasure to work with from the moment I booked the band until the very end. She is great with communication and accommodations. She and the band truly went above and beyond by playing Happy Birthday during the cake cutting, by being very generous with the use of their speakers and mic, and by even allowing the use of Liz’s phone to play a custom-made 20’s-era playlist during their break times. Once again, thank you so much. It was a pleasure!
I booked retro swing real last minute ,like two days before the event for a celebration of life party for my grandmother who passed on that lived in the depression and World War II era ,their music was a perfect match with the party. they also do Sinatra and other Era music
Retro Swing Band recently played at our wedding and they were fantastic. Working with Liz was great! She was so organized and helpful. She worked with us to create a personal set list for the reception which included an original piece written for our grand entrance. We got so many compliments about the music! We were so happy to have them at our wedding.
Thank you so much for helping us work out an outstanding performance for our cocktail!! We want to thank Jan & your fronts for making our evening the best memorable performance for our wedding!! Our guest truly love the ambiance, and music played from the band! Once again, from the bottom of our heart and soul, Thank you Liz for all your great communication, and making our cocktail hour sound flawless!!
Cynthia & Mario Hernandez
Liz and her band were great were great work with. It was easy to book and the details got worked out quickly. We had a 40's style dinner gala on the Queen Mary and the music was perfect. The attendees loved them and I would recommend them.
Wow, the band was incredible and far exceeded our expectations. They made our event! All the musicians were very professional and the top of their craft. Liz was extremely responsive and easy to work with. We are looking forward to using them again soon. I would highly recommend Retro Swing Band You will not be disappointed!
Liz and the band were absolutely wonderful. They played beautifully, provided a great mix of tunes and their musicianship and showmanship was fantastic. They were also very professional and accommodating to our requests.. Showed up exactly when they said they would and the set up was great. They made our forties theme birthday party more memorable. Thank you for being apart of a spectacular evening.
I hired Liz and the Retro Swing Band recently for my father's surprise 75th birthday party. Liz was incredibly easy to communicate with. She answered every question and responded to every email promptly and professionally. We were in constant contact in the days leading up to the gig, which helped ease the stress of setting up for the party. On the day of the event, the band arrived on time and were timely with setting up their instruments. Their set list was exactly what I had requested, 1920's - 1950's, and they played all the songs that I had requested. Retro Swing Band came with a 5-piece band and every musician was just incredible. They were even kind enough to let my father sing a song with them, as well as let a party guest play on the drums for a few songs. If you are looking to hire a band that is professional, authentic, and sounds amazing, do not hesitate to hire Retro Swing Band! They will be a wonderful addition to any party!
What to Expect
The Retro Swing Band will be 100% tailored to your event needs. We will provide a sound system capable of handing the largest of ballrooms. You can select a full or partial tune list or leave that to us.
The Retro Swing Band specializes in jazz, swing and standards from the early 20th Century. We are four to eight players depending on the needs of the customer and we play all types of parties, festivals and dance events, anything requiring classic standards.
The Retro Swing Band is also available for weddings and anniversaries and can play ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dance music, all at the appropriate volume to facilitate conversation and with your requests included.
As a ballroom dancer herself, leader Liz Holmes understands the correct ballroom tempos for dances and will match the rhythms to the desires of the dance crowd to include rhumba, cha cha, samba, tango, waltz, foxtrot, polka, East and West coast swing. The band’s high-end sound system ensures quality sound for any size venue.
Retro Swing's leader, Liz Holmes, is a retired US Air Force officer and graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Punctuality, reliability, attention to detail and integrity are assured for your event. Pianist Steve Fry worked 30 years in the UCLA music department. The rest of the band includes top big band and LA studio musicians assuring fantastic music every time.
Let Retro Swing handle all your music needs; weddings, anniversaries, parties, benefits, all can be accommodated and any retro requests played on the spot. See www.bigband.com for more information and our extensive list of thrilled customers!
Additional Booking Notes
All we need is an electrical outlet.
Past Booked Events
|October 13, 2018 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Birthday Party|
|September 11, 2018 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|September 09, 2017 • 5:30pm - 9:30pm||Dinner Party|
|June 30, 2017–July 01, 2017 • 6:30pm - 12:00am||Wedding Reception|
|May 13, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|January 30, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Dinner Party|
|September 25, 2016 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|September 17, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 23, 2016 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|May 15, 2016 • 5:00pm - 10:00pm||Surprise|
|November 07, 2015||Nonprofit Event|
|December 04, 2014||Holiday Party|
We play ALL the standards and favorites from the 1920s through 1970s. Here are a few examples though we play virtually every song from the 1900s through 1960s.
1920s: Charleston, Varsity Rag, Baby Face, Oh Johnny, Jeepers Creepers, Sheik of Araby
1930s: Bye Bye Blackbird, Why Don't You Do Right, I Got it Bad, Ain't Misbehaving
1940s: Bie Mir Bist Du Schoen, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, White Cliffs of Dover, We'll Meet Again, Paper Moon, I'll Be Seeing You, Look for the Silver Lining, Tangerine, S'Wonderful
1950s: Rock Around the Clock, Teddy Bear, Music/Music/Music, Twisting the Night Away
1960s: Venus, What a Wonderful World, My Girl, Unchained Melody, Dream Lover, Crazy
Influences & Inspiration
Big band singers of the 1940s, Rat Pack singers of the 1960s, 1950s rock, 1920s dance bands, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Rosemary Clooney, Helen Forrest, Vera Lynn, Diana Krall, Julie London, June Christy, Chet Baker, Peggy Lee, Dinah Shore, Kay Starr, Patti Page, Patsy Cline, Anita O'Day, Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon, Dean Martin