Musicians and Orchestras in Newark
63 Swinderby Road
We usually perform as a quartet with Alan Walker on clarinet, saxophones, flute, piano and vocals; Steve Truman on string bass; Andy White on drums/percussion and vocals and Steve Rodda on guitar and backing vocals. Can also perform as a solo artist, duo, trio up to a 7-piece band.
We tailor each performance specifically for our clients, no matter how large or small the event. We are happy to perform at your wedding, garden or dinner party or at a public event in front of thousands. We accommodate your needs as much as we can.
We have built up a large and very varied repertoire of Jazz, Swing, Latin-American, Ratpack and jump-jive, over the years, which is added to on a regular basis. The standard of play is very high and we have excellent testimonials.
Decent Chaps quartet has played for Jimmy Carr, Geoff Whiting, Hattie Hayridge, Richard Herring, Kate Adie, Richard Baker, Freddie Flintoff, Nick Owen to name but a few and play nationwide at many weddings/civil partnerships, birthday/cocktail/dinner/garden parties, balls and civic and corporate functions. Our repertoire (attached) includes Jazz, Swing, Latin-American, Jump-Jive and Ratpack and is excellent for both background and for dancing later in the evening. The instrumentation comprises clarinet, saxophones, flute, piano, vocals, backing vocals, string bass, guitar and drums and we have our own stage lighting. The Chaps always wear full tuxedo, with wing-collared shirts or if the weather is very hot, matching waistcoats and bow ties (also with wing-collared shirts).
We also offer a free service in that if a special piece of music you would like – (eg for the First Dance) – is not in our repertoire, I will do my best to find it and Alan will arrange it for the band. You can listen to some of the tracks from our album on http://soundcloud.com/decent-chaps/sway
Our huge and varied repertoire of music all expertly played, caters for every occasion.
From the A1133 Collingham Road, turn into Swinderby Road
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Thanks Caroline, The night was a great success! Please pass on my thanks again to the band. I've had loads of people, both on the night and since telling me how much they enjoyed the music. I did too, it was the perfect blend for the evening. Thanks for your help too in making the arrangements go smoothly! Will try to make the next one at Ann et Vin's
Hi Caroline Just wanted to say thank you to Decent chaps, excellent music appropriate for the occasion, lots of guests commented on how good they were, Thank you Anne Clarke
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Decent Chaps for making my birthday go with such a swing. I lost count of the number of people who told me how brilliant they were. Their three sets hit exactly the right tone and although we all totally forgot our dance moves from earlier in the day we gave it a shot. I feel bad as I didn't say goodbye to the band properly at the end but do thank Alan for me; he took everything in his stride even the interruption for the Ukrainian version of Happy Birthday. Thank again for all your help with the organisation throughout. Warm regards, Helena
I just wanted to send a massive thank you to you and the chaps. I know that it was not their biggest and most famous gig, but believe me it was the most appreciated. They were as fantastic and as professional as ever and dad has already said - same time same place next year. Kind regards and many thanks. Kerry J
WEDDING Dear Caroline Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to the band Decent Chaps who played at our wedding reception last Saturday. I lost count of how many times people excitedly asked me where I'd found you - the guests (many of whom are themselves professional musicians by the way!) were most impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the evening's live music. Many thanks Peter Siepmann PhD, LRSM, ARCO Director of Music, St Peter's & All Saints' Nottingham Teacher of Academic Music, Uppingham School Director, Voces Raptorum
ROYAL GARDEN PARTY'! Hi Caroline, just a quick message to say thank you to Alan and the band for their excellent music at the garden party. Many, many people have commented on how it added a great atmosphere to the day and I even had a comment that one of our guests, whose music of choice is hip hop/club music, was tapping his feet along to the music!! I also appreciated them persevering, despite the cold winds. My husband said it reminded him of the scene in the film Titanic where the ship is sinking, but the band played on!!! Lisa F
WEDDING Hi Caroline, The chaps were absolutely fabulous! Please pass on our grateful thanks. Everyone absolutely loved them-really made the evening! We would be happy to highly recommend them to anyone!! All best wishes Steph & Eddie.
PRIVATE PARTY I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing music at our wedding last Saturday. The band were fantastic and all of our guests had a fabulous time dancing to the music. Please pass on our huge thanks to the Chaps. If we ever have another party we know where to come! Best Regards Joanne and Chris Gath
Joanne & chris
NOTTINGHAM NIGHT CLUBS Details of the Recommendation: "Decent Chaps are excellent, this band played for us more than once, and unlike many in the industry, had excellent stage presence, their reliability was second to none, and their value for money was great. Anybody having a function be it corporate or a wedding in the East Midlands Area and wants the very best in Jazz and Swing, well here it is. The fact we booked them more than once is testimony enough really, one never rebooks rubbish. This band is quality, reliable and friendly. Come on folks, what more do you want,"
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NOTTINGHAM CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER/DANCE I thought the chaps were excellent, and have had many good comments from members. One may be getting in touch, they are organising a wedding for their daughter, I have forwarded on your contact details. If it becomes an annual event, which I would like it to be, I will be in touch later in the year. Many thanks for all your assistance, and please pass on my thanks to the Chaps for an excellent evening. (Rebooked for FEBRUARY)
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NOTTINGHAMSHIRE HEALTH AUTHORITY THE OSCARS' Hi Caroline, I just thought I'd drop you an email to thank Decent Chaps for playing at our OSCARS event. They went down very well and were great. We shall definitely consider them again. (Rebooked for MARCH)
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NICOLA & WILL'S WEDDING What can I say! Decent Chaps were absolutely fantastic. We are so glad we booked the band for our wedding. The brilliant music appealed to all of our guests. From a 4 year old cousin and our 20-something friends and our 80 year old grandparents- everyone was up and dancing. Caroline was also fantastic and nothing was any trouble making the whole process hassle free! Thanks again. We would highly recommend Decent Chaps! "
WEDDING Dear Caroline - a huge thank you from Daniel and I. We had a wonderful day and enjoyed every moment - of course it all went too quickly! We loved the Decent Chaps they were fabulous - a very big thank you to all of you. Very best wishes Vanessa
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