A Brief History

A standard 17-piece instrumentation evolved in the big bands, for which many commercial arrangements are available. This instrumentation consists of five saxophones (most often two altos, two tenors, and one baritone), four trumpets, four trombones (often including one bass trombone) and a four-piece rhythm section (composed of drums, acoustic bass or electric bass, piano and guitar). However, variants to this instrumentation are common.


Composers, arrangers, and bandleaders have used sections with more or fewer players, and additional instruments, such as valve trombone, baritone horn/euphonium (both of which are usually used in place of or with trombones), vibes, bass clarinet, French horn, tuba, banjo, accordion and strings (violin, viola, cello).


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Male and female vocalists have also joined big bands to perform particular arrangements. In recent years synthesizers and / or electronic keyboards have been added, often replacing the piano. Some arrangements call for saxophone players to double on other woodwind instruments, such as flute, clarinet, soprano sax, or bass clarinet.


Trumpet and trombone players are sometimes called upon to use various sound-changing mutes, and trumpet players sometimes need to play flugelhorn. In some rhythm sections, a guitar player is omitted. Players in the rhythm section may be called upon to play acoustic or electric instruments. Latin or other auxiliary percussion instruments may be added, such as cowbells, congas, tambourines, or triangles


Musical Links.
Here you can find links to musicians in the band who perform in their own bands and other local music groups.

Shroton Ukulele Club
Jazz Set



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Distinctive sound of the Big Band

This Blandford based band was formed in 1983 as a ten piece ensemble to perform at corporate functions, tea dances and other social events for Ballroom dancing.

After many successful years - and with the interest shown by other musicians to join the band - it was decided to enlarge the band to an Eighteen Piece Big Band. Playing music made famous by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and many other bands of the swing era. We also play arrangements written for the contemporary Jazz orchestra..

We now have a library of over 3,000 orchestrations from which to choose a varied and interesting programme All members of the band are either professional, or semi-professional, and include many former H.M Forces musicians.


Please contact us if you require details of our fees. It is band policy to undertake a limited number of engagements each year for Bona-Fide charities.


Hi I`m Bryan Johnson and I would like to welcome you to the Ambassadors Big Band Web.


Nostalgia is not dead. It is alive and kicking with the Ambassadors Big Band sound. The band accepts bookings for many different types of event:

We work very closely with every client to ensure a our performance is remembered as something very special.

Talk to us to see how we can make your event even more memorable.

Bryan Johnson band leader

Charlton Marshall Village Hall
Sunday Sept 28th 7:30pm -10:00pm

The Crown Hotel Blandford
Sunday Dec 1st 7:00pm -10:00pm

Advance tickets :01929 471809.



The band has recently cut a demonstration CD of some of the more popular tracks.

It will be my great pleasure to share them right here on this page

Bryan Johnson band leader

You can access them from the links below or the embedded player Here

Links to Tracks