Retro Swing plays all the standards from 1900-1960, specializing in the 1920s-1940s. Select from the Retro Swing Quartet, Quintet or Octet. Unique among bands, Retro Swing's top-notch musicians can play all your retro requests on the spot. Also available for your consideration is the Retro Swing Duo and Retro Swing Big Band.
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 specializes in the 1920s through the 1950s. These world-class combo musicians play all the standards so have your requests ready. Typical combo instrumentation is piano, bass, drums, saxophone, trumpet, singer.
The Retro Swing Band is also available for your wedding or anniversary event and can play ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dance music, all at the appropriate volume and with your requests included.
Leader Liz Holmes understands the correct ballroom tempos for dances and will match the rhythms to the desires of the dance crowd, to include rumba, 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 in addition to top-notch retro music. Excellent references supplied upon request.
Let Retro Swing handle all your music needs; weddings, anniversaries, 1920s/1930s/1940s parties, benefits, garden parties. All can be accommodated and virtually any retro songs played.
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|
Virtually any retro tune can be accommodated. See sample tune lists at www.bigband.com.
Influences & Inspiration
Eydie Gorme, Ella Fitzgerald, June Christy, Helen Forrest