MpH currently runs two bands offering separate repertoires for performances. Community groups, charities, festival organisers and individuals can book the Big Band or Dixieland Band to support local events and celebrations, or help raise funds for particular charities or groups.
The Big Band is currently rehearsing new material for a themed night based around the development of big band music and dance from the 1920s to the 21st century.
The Big Band also offers two established full-length programmes:
The Glenn Miller World War II Night features a selection of great swing numbers from the 1930s and 40s. It mixes classic instrumentals like American Patrol, In the Mood, Little Brown Jug and Tuxedo Junction with wartime singalong numbers and swing arrangements of We'll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover,. There are also songs ranging from Gershwin's ballad Someone to Watch Over Me, to upbeat numbers like Me and My Shadow, New York! New York! and Fly me to the Moon. As well as the music, these events give everyone the opportunity to dress up in 1940s period costume, and are a great focal point for WWII school projects, with superb educational value - right down to the posters decorating the hall, and the ration-friendly suppers served half-way through!
To date, The Glenn Miller WWII Night has been performed to full houses at the Royal British Legion Club, Stornoway, Tarbert Community Centre, Bernera Community Centre and Aird School. The Big Band also performed a set at the Homecoming Tattoo in Stornoway Sports Centre in August 2009.
The Rat Pack Evening showcases the easy-going glamour of the 1950s and 60s, and centres on the hits of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Bobby Darin. Come Fly with Me, I've Got You Under My Skin, Mambo Italiano, My Way, Somethin' Stupid, Ain't That a Kick in the Head, Beyond the Sea and They Can't Take That Away From Me are staples of the Rat Pack Evening repertoire.
To date, The Rat Pack Evening has played to two full houses at the Royal British Legion Club, and has enjoyed summer outings at Tarbert, Bernera and Stornoway Golf Club.
The Dixieland Band has developed a short programme of popular favourites including Down by the Riverside, St James Infirmary, Alabama Jubilee and Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue.
To date, The Dixieland Band has performed at An Lanntair, the Bridge Centre and St Columba's Church Hall.
For booking enquiries, contact:
Musical Director Gavin Woods:
Secretary Brenda Macleod: