The Beverley Big Band was formed in the Autumn of 1994 by Jane Beverley to play the music of the 30’s and 40’s in the style of that era, such as Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
Initially a Concert band of amateur and semi-professional musicians from Herne Bay and Whitstable, performances were often for charitable causes in village halls and churches until, in 1998, the band began to play for dancing, which proved extremely popular as the opportunity to dance to a big band was a rarity!
Function bookings gradually materialised in larger venues such as Margate Winter Gardens, Canterbury University, Herne Bay King’s Hall and Broom Park Country Club. The band continues to impress, playing for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball at Higham Park, Canterbury Cricket Ground, and Jarvis Great Danes Hotel, as well as concert dates at Herne Bay Bandstand, Margate Theatre Royal and Whitstable Playhouse and recently for the delegates to the Lambeth Conference in the Shirley Hall, King’s School, Canterbury.
The band repertoire has expanded greatly, encompassing a larger range of music to appeal to a wider dance audience, wedding functions and other celebrations (usually held in large marquees), and a 15-track CD has been recorded for retail sale.