Swing Thing

Five Star Swing

As seen on BBC TV’s “Children in Need”
Dame Vera Lynn’s “Help for Heroes” Charity Ball
On stage at London’s Leciester Sqaure Theatre.
“They swing like crazy – Superb !” Sheila Tracy (B.B.C.)

The Swing Thing show boasts multi-instrumentalists and singers lead by Chris Smith – former composer for Herb Miller (Glenn Miller’s brother), BBC Big Band and the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.

The Unique “Feel-Good” 1940’s Showband plus – “HITS FROM THE BLITZ” – as featured at the Dame Vera Lynn’s Star Charity Gala Nights. Famous War-time tunes and “sing-a-long” songs brought to life by the singers and multi instrumentalists of the Five Star Swing band.
“A celebration of classic Swing !” (Telegraph)

Performing a broad selection of songs you’ll know and love from the Swing era – The Big Band Swing Thing from Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller through to songs like Mr Bojangles & Bad Bad Leroy Brown plus foot stomping Blues, Jive & Jazz. The band performs as any size from four to seventeen-piece featuring at least three multi-instrumentalists / vocalists and lead by Chris & Simone Smith. Five Star Swing have performed for Dame Vera Lynn, BBC TV’s “Children in Need”, runners-up for “Strictly Dance Fever”, Military Wives” national theatre tour, Blenheim Palace, Chelsea Flower Show, Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom…

Chris, who’s varied career has taken him from Jazz festivals to Top of the Pops, uses his experience gained in playing and writing for Glenn Miller’s Brother (Herb Miller) to bring the songs to life. Saxophonist and vocalist, Simone, has performed with the New Squadroniares, Paul Merton TV show, the film Lace 2 and recorded with Paul Weller. The band has a great appeal for all age groups and a sell-out show on their many theatre tours!

This versatile and accomplished Swing Band recreates the exciting sound of the big band days, no matter what size is booked – featuring male and female vocalists, saxophones, trumpet, flutes & clarinets – multi-instrumentalists and dynamic rhythm section.

From 4 piece right up to adding additional musicians that increase the size of brass & sax sections up to 17-piece.


Male Vocal
Mr Bojangles
It Had To Be You
Something Stupid
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Were or When
All The Way
Fly Me To The Moon
The Girl From Ippaneima
New York, New York
You Make Me Feel So Young
The Lady Is a Tramp
Come Fly With Me
My Kind of Town
I Get a Kick Out of You
How About You
Nice and Easy
Strangers In The Night
King of the Swingers
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Something Stupid
Allright OK You Win
The Way Youy Look Tonight
I’ve the World on a String
Cant Take my Eyes Off Of You
I’ve Got the world on a String
On A Wonderful Day Like Today.

Female Vocal
Don’t Get Around Much..
Almost Like Being In Love
Orange Coloured Sky
Get Happy
Paper Moon
A Foggy Day
Fly Me to the Moon
Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree
Chattanooga Choo Choo
The Very Thought Of You
I Know Why
That Old Devil Called Love
All of Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cany Buy Me Love
Too Close for Comfort
Time after Time
Our Love is Here to Stay
My Baby Just Cares For \me

Glenn Miller

In the Mood
Don’t Sit Under The Apple Three
American Patrol
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Pennsylvania 65000
String of Pearls
Moonlight Serenade
Little Brown Jug
Glenn Miller Medley
Tuxedo Junction
I Know Why
Other Big Band Classics

Begin The Beguine
Opus One
Sing Sing Sing
Flying Home
Jersey Bounce
Hot Toddy
Parkinson Show Theme
It’s You or No One
Salute To The Band Box
Pick Yourself Up
Pink Panther
Moose The Mooshe
A Night In Tunisia
Blues Brothers Medley
Take 5
Dear Hunter Theme

Jazz & Blues

Moose The Mooshe
A Night In Tunisia
Blues Brothers Medley
Take 5
O.K. Alright You Win
Blue Moon
Syrup of Phiggs
Over and Over Again
Sweet Home Chicago


Everybody Needs Somebody
Gimmie Some Lovin’
Sweet Home Chicago
O.K. Alright You Win

Soul Man
Midnight Hour
Peter Gunn Theme
Mustang Sally
Rock ‘n’ Roll Medley
Too Good To Be true (Cant Take My Eys Off Of You).
My Baby Just cares For Me

War-time Sing-a-longs(not played unless requested)
It’s A Long Way To Tipperary
Pack Up Your Troubles…
We’ll Meet again
Lilli Marlene
The White Cliffs Of Dover
I’ll Be Seeing You
There’ll Always Be An England
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
I’ll Never Smile Again
Bless ‘Em All
Roll Out The Barrel
Run Rabbit Run
Wish Me Luck
We’re Gonna’ Hang Out The Washing
Kiss Me Good Night Sergeant-Major