BIG SWING DANCE EXPERIENCE

The Really BIG Show You Have Always Wanted

As the great big bands of yesteryear fade away, the need for a national act-caliber entertainment option became apparent to Jerry Freeman and his management team at National Party Bands. Meet BIG SWING™ DANCE EXPERIENCE, the band that brings a national act-caliber feel to your wedding, corporate event or private party.

A 22-dance experience, this band features eight horns, four strings, nine lead vocalists, a four-piece rhythm section and a Latin percussionist. Whether performing for Opera Carolina, exclusive events in Hawaii or Montego Bay, Jamaica or high-end weddings, they are as much fun to watch as they are to dance to for up to six hours NON-STOP!

With a song list of over 800 songs, they can be molded into a buyers dream show. It’s the “really big show” on the big stage you have always wanted but could not afford.

Highly choreographed, impeccable costumes, customizable song list, with incredible attention to detail leading up to the show, this band is full-time and all pro! A national act- caliber entertainment option without the ego, price or crazy rider.

Whether a whole evening of swing, a whole evening of high-energy party music, a blend of both or a themed event with costume changes for each decade of music, they will deliver an unforgettable experience. If you ready to book a band, think BIG, think NON-STOP, think BIG SWING DANCE EXPERIENCE!

Enjoy:

  • Non-stop, high-energy entertainment
  • Award-winning, national talent without the ego or rider
  • 22 piece mega group
  • State-of-the-art show production
  • Customized song list, choreography and costumes
  • World-class service throughout event planning
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OPTIONS

Whether you wish to walk down the aisle to the whisper of tinkling piano keys or a beautiful string quartet, we have the music for you. We can provide keyboardist, vocalists, horns, choir or strings. Ceremony music ranges from standards to contemporary hits.

Add a four-piece “Marching Band Style” authentic drum line to your wedding or event. Complete with Marching Snare, Marching Bass, Marching Tom Tom and Quad Drums, a Drum Line it is a unique and interesting way to introduce the bride and groom, to kick off your private party, open sessions for a corporate event or lead guests from one area to another.

If you desire musical ambience as your guests arrive, during cocktail hour or as a soft accompaniment to your dinner, enjoy our trio featuring drums, piano and bass. Our repertoire spans almost every genre of music including soft jazz, Broadway classics, movie theme songs, easy listening pops and light Gospel standards.

You can also expand the trio performance with some sultry vocals from one of our singers or some jazzy horns from our talented ensemble. For that special “intimate touch,” another popular option with our clients is having one of our talented keyboardists as a solo pianist.

“We had seen Party on the Moon Band at a friend’s wedding before, but this time the trio played during dinner and my wife, a jazz pianist herself, was literally brought to tears as she listened. Awesome!”  – Steven Kincaid, Tampa, FL

Enjoy the romantic, expressive and refined sounds of a classical quartet or a full and energetic electric quartet during your cocktail hour or reception. A harp soloist or classic guitar soloist are also available if you would like to feature graceful beauty of these instruments at your event. Read more. (can we do a pop up or accordion for the copy below?)

Dallas String Quartet (DSQ) Electrics is an international ensemble based in Dallas playing contemporary music on electric string instruments. They have released three albums, Electric (2011), Red (2012), and Between Us (2014), and have a large following on Pandora, Sirius Xm and other radio stations. DSQ performs intimately as a quartet or with a full ensemble of drums, guitars, etc. for high-energy shows.

The quartet has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and on A&E, CW33, and other networks. In addition to touring and performing internationally, DSQ has played “at home” for Presidents Obama and Bush, and the NBA and NFL organizations. They have opened for artists such as Air Supply and Kenny G, and have played alongside Josh Groban, Chicago and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Comprised of violinists Tatiana Glava and Melissa Priller, violist Ian Zanca and cellist Gaston Colloca, DSQ takes you on a journey to the nexus of classical music and modern pop where artists like Beethoven and Bono collide.

“DSQ ended their performance with a cover of Guns N’ Rose’s “Sweet Child of Mine” that just floored everyone in the building.” – Red Carpet Crash Review

Infuse your guests with joy and let the positive energy flow as The Higher Power singers take the stage. Featuring world-class vocals and a wide-ranging musical repertoire, Higher Power ignites the audience, transforming all your party-goers into party-makers – lifting their hands into the air and bringing their feet to the dance floor.

Higher Power Features:

  • 8 lead vocalists
  • Song variety – from Southern Gospel to today’s dance hits
  • Striking costume options

“As musical director for Gladys Knight for 20 years as well as stints with Marvin Gaye, Barry White and Diana Ross, I have pretty much seen it all. I can tell you the “magic” that Higher Power brings to the show you can only get in a Gospel church on Sunday morning. The raw energy and vocal power rivals anything I have seen on the road in my 30 years in the biz.” –

Spencer Bean

You just got married. Doesn’t that deserve a super cool introduction? Consider horns or a drum role before you officially make your first public appearance as man and wife. Or, perhaps you have a horn or drum role as you head out to the car to make your exit.

Ever wish you could be a part of the band? Well now you can! With Star for a Night, we give you coaching and confidence to get on stage with our band and unleash your inner rock star and give your guests a performance they’ll never forget!

Incorporate our featured DJ into your event, wedding or after party. During our live performances, our DJs mix recorded music for an amazing effect. Or enjoy them as a stand-alone as they spin the hottest tracks of the 80s, 90s, and today as well as all the standard party tunes.

A versatile professional speaker and entertainer, Marvelless Mark’s® boundless energy add sparkle to business conferences, motivational seminars, team-building events, award ceremonies, contests and game shows, parties and more. Mark wears a variety of hats from leading your team in a series of entertaining activities to playing event host and keeping your show lively and entertaining.

Let us help you create a powerful experience customized to your company, cause or commitment. Using the power of a videotaped “mission story,” which incorporates both mission articulation and “branded” creative solutions, your event will not only leave guests excited and happy, but empowered to support your vision.

Package options include:

  • Development of messaging, mission articulation and “branded” creative solutions for audience and member communications outreach
  • Incorporation of the messaging and “branded solutions” into your event via a custom videotaped “mission story,” played at the event and usable in previews to boost awareness and attendance
  • Integration with activities before and/or during the event

The Woman’s Board at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago saw amazing results from the Power of Music package. The pre-event promotion helped build excitement for and attendance at the event, while the at-event video messaging helped increase interest in the campaign. All in all, the Board raised more than $1.3M for this worthy cause. The Power of Music package is an important option for any organization trying to throw a great party, while optimizing fundraising results.

While you’re creating memories, be sure to capture them with a photo booth! Our photobooth is classic style with the very latest in digital technology and a stylish look that fits any event. Our photo strips are professional quality and they are developed in 15 seconds. We always send a professional event attendant with the booth to ensure the booth runs seamlessly.

Shadow Dancing is a fun and unique type of dancing. Created by Shadow Boxes with screens and a light source shown in the direction of the dancer in the box, they make guests do things they never thought they would do!  The audience, on the other side of the screen, only sees a silhouette of the person dancing, creating a wild and exotic type of dance that spices up any type of event. National Party Bands offer these Shadow Boxes for your guests to go crazy in, to really show off their moves!!!

At your event, you want everything to look great and so do we! That’s why we work closely with you and/or your planner in selecting just the right costumes. Your choices are almost limitless…we can dress to your theme, in colors of your choice or go formal. Complete with costume changes during the show, you will be thrilled not only by the great sounds of our bands, but how great they look, too.

We were thrilled to have the one and only Allison Semmes join Big Swing Dance Experience on stage in Charlotte.  Allison is currently starring on Broadway as “Diana Ross” in Motown the Musical, which tells the story behind the hits as Diana and the whole Motown family fight to create the soundtrack of change in America. Allison, who has studied opera, has also appeared in the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon; regional shows such as Dreamgirls and The Wiz, and has sugn with Erykah Bdu and Stevie Wonder. Add her to any Big Swing Dance Experience Show!

THE BAND

Book the band who have played/toured with:

  • Yolanda Adams
  • African American
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • George Clinton
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Cameo
  • Destiny’s Child
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • George Duke
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Isaac Hayes
  • Lionel Hampton
  • Al Jarreau
  • Quincy Jones
  • Smokie Norful
  • OutKast
  • Chaka Khan
  • Gerald Levert
  • Shirley Caesar
  • Ignacio Berroa
  • Jon Faddis
  • Paquito D’Rivera
  • Panama Francis
  • Rufus Reid
  • Ray Charles
  • Kenny Burrell
  • Chuck Mangione

Book the band that has recorded with:

  • Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • John Legend
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Lionel Hampton
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • OutKast
  • Sly And The
  • Family Stone
  • Lionel Richie
  • Angie Stone
  • Cameo
  • TLC
  • Trey Songz
  • Sleepy Brown
  • Cee-Lo Green from Gnarls Barkley
Jerry Freeman

Big Swing Dance Experience Band Leader

Jerry FreemanGrammy Award Winning Artist Jerry Freeman started his career playing with big-band greats such as Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie. Jerry launched Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters to bring back the Big-Band sound of swing and jazz but in contemporary glory. He also launched Big Blast & the Party Masters after an intense search for musicians and vocalists who embrace his goal of finding talented entertainers who have “A Blast“ performing. Today, you can also find him dazzling guests as band leader of supercharged band Big Swing Dance Experience and Life of the Party.

  • Big Swing & the Ballroom Blasters did a great job at our Nov. 15th (Ted Turner’s 60th Birthday) event.  They were pleasant and professional, and most importantly, extremely talented.  We’ve had a lot of positive feedback about them from party guests.  It is always a pleasure to work with you.

    Debbie Masterson Vice President, Turner Enterprises, Inc.
  • OH MY GOODNESS – Best band I have ever heard! I absolutely loved them! We are still getting phone calls, emails, etc. talking about how wonderful the wedding was, especially the band.  They kept the party going so well that no one realized what time it was. The club said I had the biggest turnout when I left (at 11:30) and I know it was due to the band taking no breaks and keeping things moving so well that no one ever looked at their watches. I think more than 200 people were still there to watch John and I leave.

    Katherine Rice Bride

Customize Your Event With Our Ultimate Song List!

We’ll work with you to make sure we play only your favorite types of music. The song list below is representative of the various musical styles and genres we play, but it’s only a small sampling of what we can do. To view Big Swing Dance Experience’s complete song list, download the PDF below.

  • Ariana Grande- Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)
  • Capital Cities- Safe and Sound
  • Ellie Goulding- Burn
  • Katy Perry- Dark Horse
  • Lorde- Royals
  • Bruno Mars- Treasure 
  • Sam Smith- Stay With Me
  • Aretha Franklin- Respect
  • Beatles- Come Together
  • Black Eyed Peas- I Gotta Feeling
  • Cameo- Word Up
  • Cher- Believe
  • Chubby Checker- The Twist
  • CUPID- Cupid Shuffle
  • Earth, Wind & Fire- September
  • Gloria Gaynor- I Will Survive
  • Gotye- Somebody I Used to Know
  • Heatwave- Boogie Nights
  • Justin Timberlake- My Love
  • Lady Gaga- Poker Face
  • Norah Jones- Fly With Me
  • Phil Collins- You’ll Be In My Heart
  • Tina Turner- Rock Me Baby
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