"If it swings, they
and will play it!"
The Swing Commanders is a stunningly
vibrant and versatile group
that performs an exciting mix of 1940s classics, boogie-woogie,
western swing, 50’s jump jazz and more!
Every member of the Swing Commanders
sings and plays
at least one instrument, sometimes three, Yet what makes
them stand out even above their incredible music ability and
performing skills is their joie-de-vivre.
Peter’s knowledge of Music Hall and Bing Crosby songs was formed on his Grandmother’s knee. In the late 80’s he appeared at the first Burnley Blues Festival, and in the pubs of Oldham and Manchester began to learn stagecraft.
As front-man and main songwriter with The Winchesters, Peter showed up at lots of festivals and on Primetime TV. Forming The Swing Commanders, he wanted a musically versatile, visual and energetic band. His dream came true!
Peter also performs in swing trio
GELATOS and his
glam rock band THE
GLAMTASTIC 4 where
he can be seen wearing some daring and
skimpy little numbers….!
If she’s not playing music, you’ll find Daisy diving for treasure on shipwrecks or baking mighty fine treats…..
Daisy also sings in the Andrews Sisters styled trio, The Honeybirds, as well as playing violin and singing lead vocals in The Old Time String Band.
Personal Website: http://http://thehoneybirds.wordpress.com/
Dan has travelled the world for some years working as a show band guitarist on cruise ships for Carnival, Princess and Celebrity Cruises. Whilst on board he spent every day playing with, and learning from some of the best musicians in the world as well as backing high profile acts from the West end, Broadway and other areas of the entertainment industry.
Now back on solid ground, Dan delivers a bi weekly live Web stream with the well known Tom Quale and also has his own guitar tuition youtube channel called Beyond the lick.
Dan’s wide knowledge of different musical styles makes him an accomplished and versatile musician which comes in handy with The Swing Commanders where he juggles Swing, Western Swing, Jazz and Country effortlessly! Look out also for his handkerchief tricks…..!
Before joining the Swing Commanders, Siena, a professional actress, could be found on our screens, appearing in Channel 4’s, Hollyoaks among other things, or touring UK Theatres in productions such as The Blonde Bombshells of 1943, Oh! What a Lovely War, and HEIDI – A Goats tale, so it’s only natural that she would add a touch of “drama” to the band!
Siena also runs an educational theatre company called ARTFUL PLAYGROUND which delivers theatre and music workshops, courses and classes to children. Siena has written two children’s books for one of the musical projects which can be found on shop shelves in Manchester!
As the Musical Director of The Swing
Commanders, Siena is responsible for the
band’s musical arrangements. She plays the
saxophone, clarinet, piano, double bass,and
the accordian in the band so Siena has her
work cut out for her. However she still
finds time to do the styling and
presentation, CD/DVD cover design, and the
band’s social and online networking!
Siena also plays in swing trio THE GELATOS alongside Peter!
Having spent most of his professional musical career on the UK jazz circuit playing alongside some of the best performers of jazz (John Hallam, Jamie Brownfield, Tom Kincaid, Amy Roberts, Jeff Barnhart (USA), Spatz Langham, Matthias Seuffurt (GER) and Duke Heitger USA), Stuart jazzes up the Swing Commanders with his special beats and pieces!
Stuart has appeared at many of the UK Jazz Festivals including the Keswick Jazz festival, Upton Jazz Festival, Dove Holes, Bude Jazz Festival and the Edinburgh Jazz festival. Stuart has toured Europe countless times drumming all over Denmark, Holland and Germany. One of his highlights was performing at the legendary Dresden Dixieland Jazz Festival.
Stuart has also played with Martin
Bennett’s Old Green River Band – a band
which favours the sounds of New Orleans and
the blues of Chicago, Small Weller, and The
Manchester School of Samba.
Being a vintage car enthusiast Stuart also makes himself useful when it comes to our old van – usually pushing it!