Testimonials

“Just to let you know that my Dad and I thoroughly enjoyed the band last night and look forward to seeing them again.”

Lesley D - Southend Jazz Club, Southend, March 2017

“Great gig/dance on Saturday. Well done all.”

Martin S - Christmas Dance at The Freight House, Rochford, December 2016

“The King’s Oak’s King’s Room can seldom if ever have resounded with so many decibels of live music-making as was thrillingly experienced by last night’s audience when the Melvin Beddow Big Band made its High Beach debut. Once they’d all emerged from the traffic chaos outside, the 18 musicians, four vocalists and one conductor that make up this remarkable ensemble gave us much more than sheer volume. In a programme of (mostly) Swing Era favourites – 26 numbers with Glenn Miller hits well to the fore – they impressed with the precision of the section-playing and the accomplishment of the brief solos. Incidentally, this is now the third week in a row we’ve heard Ja-Da, sounding very different each time. And for this visit we had a vocal quartet, the “Melvinnaires”, with Mike Sullivan shining especially in Sinatra-like tones. Conductor and MC Steve Robinson urged everything along with Jools Holland-ish enthusiasm. It had to be said: everyone was well and truly In The Mood by the end of the evening.”

Ray Crick - Theydon Jazz Club at The King's Oak, High Beach, November 2016

“I come down here most weekends, and you’re the best band I’ve heard down here this year!”

Southend Resident - 'Music in the Park' Concert Series at The Southend Bandstand, Priory Park, August 2016

“Thank you so much!”

Diane - Private Party at The Park Inn Southend, March 2016

“We saw show in Brentwood last night and enjoyed it so much, £10.00 a ticket was fantastic value for all the assembled talent.”

John - Brentwood Theatre Concert, October 2015

“Thank you to all that played and came to the party last night! You were all fantastic. Everyone that came have all been messaging me today saying how brilliant you were. 3rd time now and as excellent as ever!! Cannot wait to book you again for another occasion! Thank you again!”

Alicia - Party, Hatfield Peverel, June 2015

“Please pass on my thanks to the band for the gig last week. I have had nothing but compliments from those attending – everyone was really impressed and enjoyed the evening. I have even been asked if I’ve got another date in mind! We’ll have to discuss that later in the year! Well done and thanks to all!”

Wendy - Benfleet Yacht Club, June 2015

“I wanted to write to thank you for the terrific show you put on at the Theydon Jazz Club yesterday. The precision with which the band played the tight arrangements does you enormous credit, and the overall programme and presentation made a wonderfully enjoyable change from our standard (albeit excellent) fare. I hope you’ll twist Dave & Sheila’s arms for a return visit in the future – I’ll certainly vote for it.”

Ray - Theydon Jazz Club, Theydon Bois, June 2015

“I really had a nice time at the ball and do thank all of your musicians and singer for a great performance. All of my table thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I have received very positive comments about the band and the event generally. “

Gillian - Rotary Dinner Dance, Stock Brook Manor, Billericay, June 2015

“A massive thank you to you all. Well what can I say! I am sure you have heard it all before, but you are going to hear it again, you were FAR BEYOND ALL EXPECTATIONS! Last night all I was hearing was how good it was, and today my phone has been RED HOT! Sandra was so shocked, and this morning the whole family was together at the Hotel for Breakfast, and they were still talking about it.
Now we are Expecting some more Family visiting from the US and the Caribbean, and this morning we have decided we are going to have another party, and you are top of the list so, YOU WILL BE BACK! In the mean time Sandra does a lot of Charity work in the area and I think she is thinking of booking you when it’s clearer in her mind for something. Once again Thank you for making her surprise party such a success.”

Gary - Sandra's 50th Birthday Party, Canvey Island, January 2015

“A big thank you to the band for playing at the dinner dance on 27th September. Everyone that was there had a great evening and we managed to raise just over £950.00 for the cystic fibrosis charity.
The band sounded superb and there were loads of positive comments from the guests.”

Richard - Charity Dinner Dance, Chelmsford, September 2014

“Thank you to everyone who played at our wedding last Saturday – we loved every minute (even the saucepan moment!) you were all amazing, all our guests were so impressed.Thanks for all your hard work, you made our wedding! x”

Rachel & Jonathan - Wedding, Boreham, November 2013

“Many, many thanks for an excellent evening on Saturday night at Dunston Hall for the Rotary Conference Dinner 2013. The evening went with a swing from the moment you started playing and was enjoyed by all.

I hope there will be another occasion when we can enjoy the Band’s music and singing.”

Gloria Nichols (Conference Director), Norwich, September 2013

“I want to thank you for everything! The most wonderful band and people.
You played for my 30th, now my 40th, here’s to the 50th!! Thank you all again.”

Maddy - 40th Birthday Party, Billericay, August 2013

“We want to thank you all for helping to make our wedding day so special. You are all very talented and sound brilliant. We are very grateful that you did a long set for us, we of course didn’t want the night to end.”

Debbie & Neil - Wedding, Billericay, August 2013

“We are just writing to let you know that we are so grateful for your generosity to play at our Performing Arts Masquerade Ball for free. From all the event ticket and raffle ticket sales we managed to raise more than £600 for our chosen charity, ‘Cry in the Dark’.
All the teachers were very impressed with the Band, as most of them have never attended events like ours before. The students of post 16 also enjoyed the evening more than they expected, because they had never had a chance to be involved, listen and dance to music of your genres before.
Without your contribution, our event wouldn’t have happened. We are so grateful for what you have done for us, and as a team we would like to express we completely enjoyed the evening; we hope you did too.”

Jess, Katey, Josie, Hannah, Angus and Taylor (The Performing Arts Team at Belfairs Sixth Form) - A Midnight Belfairs Ball, Leigh-on-Sea, March 2013

“I want to say a MASSIVE thank you, to you and all at The Melvin Beddow Big Band who played and contributed to making my Nan’s 90th Birthday Party on Saturday 11th February, such a fantastic evening. It was superb and she was totally shocked and surprised when she walked in and saw you all set up, she said it’s the best surprise she’d ever had. You made the evening for us and played brilliantly. I would certainly book you up again, just need an excuse for a party now and I will certainly recommend you to everyone & anyone who is looking for a band.
Everyone I spoke to throughout the night and afterwards mentioned how professional you sounded and played! It truly was a memorable evening, one a lot of us, and most importantly my Nan will never forget.
Once again, please send on my thanks to all of the band.”

Alicia - 90th Birthday Party, Witham, February 2012

“Eric and I cannot thank you enough for helping to make our evening so special. The music as usual was fantastic and all our friends and family said what a wonderful evening and how they enjoyed dancing or just listening, (some have never seen or heard a live band before), and the variety of music that you played.”

Eric & Valerie - Golden Wedding Anniversary, Hullbridge, October 2011

Would you please pass on our thanks to all the members of the band for an excellent evening on Saturday.
The Club was packed and everyone has said what a great time they had.
The dance floor was in use most of the night and Steve kept everyone dancing right up to midnight.
I’m sure we will be looking to book the band again.

Alan - 1940s Night, British Legion, Great Wakering, October 2011

MBBB played at my daughter’s wedding and everyone was so delighted with them.
The dancing didn’t stop for a single moment as the band played something for everyone.
I can recommend this band very highly indeed.”

Andy (Bride's father) - Wedding Reception, Wiltshire, July 2011

“Absolutely b****y brilliant”

Alec P-J Chair of Entertainments Committee - 50's Night. Essex Yacht Club, May 2011

“The band were just what we wanted, just right, excellent, tight playing, beyond expectation!”

Richard (Groom) - Wedding Reception, Reid Rooms, Dunmow, May 2011

“The Melvin Beddow Big Band played at my 50th birthday party and were absolutely amazing. All my guests were bowled over by their sight and sound, as most had not seen a big band live before. It was a fabulous evening and I would personally like to thank each and every one of them for making it so special.”

Richard Jensen - Birthday party, Langdon Hills Golf and Country Club, November 2010

“We just wanted to say a huge huge thank you to the Melvin Beddow Big Band for making our special day even more amazing! From the booking stage to the performance, they could not have been more helpful, friendly and accomodating. Our guests knew we were having a band play at the reception but were unaware that there were going to be 20 of them. It was a fantastic suprise and a big talking point for all. We had never been to a wedding before where the whole dance floor was full of people within minutes, so to have that at ours made it that extra bit special.
After seeing them perform it is clear to see each band member is extremely talented and passionate about what they do and their performance as a band would not be out of place at the Royal Albert Hall. If you are thinking of booking this band for a function we cannot recommend them enough.
Thank you John and the rest of the band, you were amazing!”

Kate & Steve - Wedding Reception, Burnham-on-Crouch, September 2010

“We can’t thank you enough for the brilliant job you did at our wedding last week, our friends and family were blown away and so were we. I think we’ll all be talking about it for many years to come.
It was a wonderful surprise to see Kate get up and play with you all, I don’t think I could’ve done that at 10yrs of age, how kind of you all to accommodate her.
Thank you all again so much, i’m currently trying to think of another excuse for a big party so we can all get together to hear you play.”

Amanda & Mark - Wedding Reception, Mill Hall, Rayleigh, August 2010

“Wonderful. Every wedding should have a band like yours!”

Father of the bride - Wedding Reception, Newmarket, July 2010

“Highlight of the rally: The Forties Night with the Melvin Beddow Big Band. They were absolutely amazing! Dressed in GI style uniform they played Glen Miller – Chattanooga Choochoo, In the Mood, Pennsylvania 65000 and many others, some that we did not know, and many that we had heard before. Two singers, a man and a woman, sang solos. I cannot remember them all but they were exceptionally good. It was absolutely wonderful. We felt privileged to hear them perform. A great night!”

Fiona and Steve - Cavalier Caravan Club Rally, Weeley, June 2010

“…Thank you to the Band for a wonderful evening of music and dancing. You made our surprise party for my father fantastic. He was so shocked to see a large Big Band playing music that he loves and enjoys, ranging from modern day tunes, to Frank Sinatra.
Every one of our friends and relations enjoyed all aspects of the evening, and everyone was dancing. All we needed were some judges, and we would have had our own Strictly Come Dancing.
I would definitely recommend your band to anyone who loves the Big Band sound and a great night of live entertainment and dancing to suit any occasion, oung and old. Brilliant!”

Sarah Harrison - Rayleigh, September 2009

“Thanks so much to you and the whole band for putting on such a fabulous performance and making our ‘wedding in a field’ so special! At least the weather was with us this time. The band are not only a great performance but great company, you all help make it personal and special. We’ve now celebrated four of our largest family events (birthdays, namings and weddings). See you next year for my 40th!!! Thanks again, it really was great and you all come highly recommended by us!”

Tom Ptolomy - Help for Heroes Fundraiser, The Sutton Arms, August 2009

“It was a complete pleasure when the Melvin Beddow Big Band opened our Help For Heroes day. It was a great start to a great day. Twenty two members somehow managed to occupy a very small stage and the sound they produced was amazing. Glen Miller would have been proud! This is a band which can comfortably carry off any tune blindfolded.”

Kathryn Dutton - Wedding Reception, Rettendon, September 2009

“On behalf of the Marillac Hospital I would like to thank you for the fabulous entertainment you gave us at our recent fundraiser.
Although we did not enjoy the best of weather the quality of the music the band performed really brightened up the evening. It is our intention to hold further events in future years and I am sure we will booking the Melvin Beddow Big Band again.”

John Graves - Marillac Hospital, Charity Fundraiser, July 2009

“[The Concert Secretary] invited us to watch the band play at one of their events and even came to our venue before the wedding to check out the accessibility and space. All this helped to ensure the smooth running of the day.
The setup team were seamless and accommodating, I barely noticed them next door whilst they were doing their sound checks and they setup all the equipment before the ceremony started.
I had my heart set on a 1940’s big band and Anton also wanted some other genres of music in the mix. John (Concert Secretary)sent us a play list which had 1940’s for the first set and 1960’s rock and roll for the second set. I imagine we could have changed bits around and taken some songs out but we thought it was perfect as it was.
Pre-wedding nerves made me slightly anxious about big band music appealing to all age groups, but I needn’t have worried as I have never seen so many people on the dance floor. The band were never playing to themselves and at some points 90% of the guests were dancing. The highlight for me has to be that Anton’s grandparents danced for the first time in 50 years.
I still can’t believe we got such good value for so many excellent musicians and singers to play at our wedding. I was getting down heartened when we received quotes from other bands and at this point almost never made the phone call to John as I never imagined we could have afforded a big band. I will be forever grateful to John and the Melvin Beddow Big Band for giving up their time each week to put together such a finely tuned and professional sounding performance. This together with the passion and dedication each band member shows for the music, made our wedding, a day we will never forget.”

Anna Davis - Wedding Reception, Dove Barn, Sudbury, May 2009

“…you absolutely MADE our wedding what it was and that is the honest truth. No one has stopped talking about it being the best wedding and that’s as much down to you as us. Thank you for the Happy Birthday message to my friend’s father, that was a lovely touch. Your energy, talent, charisma and sincere friendliness make you all the special group you are.”

Jim & Tatum Quinn - Wedding Reception, High Barn, Braintree, December 2008

“…sincere and heartfelt thank you to… Steve Robinson and all the members of the band for making my mother’s 80th birthday celebration such a success in August this year. Everything on the night went perfectly and the performance of the band in the two sets was absolutely first class. We were very impressed by the band’s professionalism and the sound was fantastic. We received many letters and cards following the party and every one commented on “that fantastic Big Band”. We would have no hesitation in recommending The Melvin Beddow Big Band to anyone seeking something extra special for their function or party.”

Kevin McNeil - 80th Birthday Party, Runwell Village Hall, August 2008

“Our Bavarian towns of Eschenbach and Kemnath cannot stop talking about your three performances that got everybody on their feet. We want to have you back in Germany as soon as possible to bring glamour and glitter to our forthcoming celebrations. Everybody who heard you, young and old, appreciated your music, which came straight from the heart and touched our hearts, too.”

Gabi & Birgit - Our German Hosts, June 2008