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Please vote NOW  for Debbie and the band as
'Your Favourite British Big Band' for the Big Bands International Magazine 2009 Poll.
 
Simply email  mundell.bigbands@btopenworld.com  stating Debbie Curtis Radio Big Band is your favourite British Big Band. Please also vote for your favourite USA band. ( If you're not sure we recommend 'The Glenn Miller Orchestra USA' )
 
That's all there is to it! Debbie and the guys would really appreciate mass support from everyone to get them on this chart. Thanks!
 
And now for the regular news :-
Its been ages since we sent out a newsletter, sorry to everyone who's been emailing asking why, it's just that the band has been off the road whilst Debbie worked on a TV project at Pinewood Studios.
 
'The History of the World' is a situation comedy starring 'Warren Clarke' (Daziel & Pascoe, Boon, A Clockwork Orange etc etc) Debbie, along with drummer Harold Fisher has written all the music for the series which is currently being edited. The title track features Warren on vocals and Debbie is currently chatting to him about maybe featuring on a studio album with the band in 2010.
 
A page about the TV series can now be viewed on the band website.
New Video on the website featuring a full length version of 'Heart & Soul' can now be viewed on the home page.
 
New Studio Album for 2010 The band office is currently looking into the possibility of a studio album being recorded in the new year. Talks are in process with studios and labels but nothing can be finalised until a new worldwide distribution contract that is on offer is signed, hopefully in January.
 
In the meantime, don't forget you can download the band at iTunes and Amazon plus at a great many other international sites.
That's about it for now, please cast your vote asap and help the band get a deserved place in the top few!
 
Thanks!

Newsletter 15th May

Radio Interview - Monday 18th May @ 8pm UK Time
Debbie will be chatting with 'Terry Hawke' on HFM Radio about the bands recent shows in Guernsey and her forthcoming film project 'Perfect Bait' (See Below).

You can listen live to the interview on the internet by visiting http://www.mybroadbandradio.com/asx/listen.asx?station=HFM or just go to http://www.harboroughfm.co.uk/ and select the Listen Online feature.

If you miss the interview, we will be adding it to our website 'Radio Interviews' page within 24 hours of it being aired.

Server Problems
We have been experiencing server problems and the last newsletter or two only got half delivered, hopefully this one will get to you ok and so we are repeating some of the previous content.

Debbie is Appointed Musical Director of the forthcoming Feature Film 'Perfect Bait'.

Pinewood Studios production company 'Vision In Production' has appointed Debbie as Musical Director for the forthcoming feature film 'Perfect Bait'. Filming is due to begin later this year and is expected to boast a number of 'A List' British actors. Debbie will also be co-writing and arranging all the music for the film with her drummer Harold Fisher.

Further, a cameo role for the entire 'Debbie Curtis Radio Big Band' has been written into the script towards the end of the film which will see them performing live in a party scene. We'll let you know further detail in future newsletters.

A new page especially for the film has been created on our website where you will find more details and links to the production company etc. You can visit this page at http://www.debbiecurtis.co.uk/id188.html

Newsletter
Big Band Beer Festival! - May 2nd
Set in 15 acres of countryside, we will be performing at 'The Bull Big Band Beer Festival' in Bellingdon Village, Near Chesham, Bucks. HP5 2XU
Next Saturday May 2nd at 8pm.
Sample the ales from Tring & Rebellion Breweries, all weekend!
We will be performing in a Marquee at the rear of this historic village public house.
Guest Vocalist 'Keith Ball' (Son of the legendary 'Kenny Ball' of Kenny Ball and his Jazz Men)!
Dance Floor with 'Viv The Spiv' playing the discs!
Entry to the pub is FREE, Live Music Tickets are only £10 and that includes Supper !
Camping etc is also available!
All enquires to the Bull at Bellingdon
Tel:    01494 758163    Website:    http://bullatbellingdon.co.uk/

Newsletter
Just a reminder that we will be at The Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN on Thursday April 30th with the full show including our re-enactors and dancers.
Online Booking is via http://www.harlequintheatre.co.uk or by phoning the Box Office on 01753 765547, tickets from £17.50 - Buy two and save £10
Guest vocalist will be 'Mickey Fordola'
The show starts at 8pm.

Television Filming of Swing Dance
TV cameras will be filming the Swing Dance this Saturday at Watford.
Come along and be part of our forthcoming  'Fly On The Wall' Television documentary!
It is a 1940's Swing Dance with us and DJ 'Dr Swing' at :-
Watford Colosseum
Rickmansworth Road
Watford
Herts
WD17 3JN
Tickets £15 in advance from 020 8688 9291 (More on the Door)

Newsflash!
BBC Radio Interview this Wednesday, February 11th at 6.00pm (UK Time)

Debbie will be the guest of Alan Clifford on BBC Radio Nottingham Drivetime
To listen on the Internet Click Here or go to  http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/local_radio/ and select the 'Listen Live' feature

If you miss the interview, it will be added to the radio interviews page of our website within an hour or so of the broadcast, or you can visit the BBC Radio Nottingham on the Internet for seven days and select 'Listen Again'

Mansfield show will be filmed for Television.
ReelThing Productions are currently filming a 'Fly on the Wall' television documentary of Debbie and the band and the cameras will be with us at Mansfield Palace Theatre on Sunday February 15th. In addition to filming the show, the cameras will be following the audience and asking them questions. So if you fancy getting in on the programme, come to the performance! Its the full show with Hobsons Choice Dancers and ReEnactors and guest vocalist Mickey Fordola. The Box Office Number is 01623 633133

New Film & Video Page on the Website
We have completely rebuilt this page and there are now several other videos added that can be watched at the click of a mouse! These include footage of our dancers 'Hobsons Choice' as well as the band in performance.
Here is the direct page link http://debbiecurtis.co.uk/id127.html

Previously 'Secret' Pages now accessible on the Website
We have added a new page to the navigation bar of the website called 'More Pages' where you will find a choice of additional pages, many of which were previously hidden within the site and only accessible via web search engines. These include historic DCRBB pages, solo and other band projects of Debbie's from the past, The Maestrovox, an extraordinary 1950s valve keyboard invented by Debbie's grandfather and more. Here is the direct page link http://debbiecurtis.co.uk/id178.html

1940s Dance at Watford Colosseum on March 21st
We will be performing for this 1940s dance and our guest vocalist will be Mickey Fordola. Also with us will be DJ 'Dr Swing' .Dancers are encouraged to dress 1940s style, but this is optional. Tickets are on sale now from the Box Office, Telephone 020 8688 9291
More information and Online Booking is available at www.watford-colosseum.co.uk

Newsflash
Debbie will be chatting live with John B Tannen on the Mansfield 103.2 Breakfast Show this coming Monday (Jan 19th) at 8.30am (UK Time) as part of the run up to the band's show at Mansfield Palace Theatre.

To listen live on the Internet go to http://www.mansfield103.co.uk/video.php or http://www.mansfield103.co.uk/ and select the 'Listen Live' feature.

As usual, if you miss it, we'll add it to the website within 24hours.

February 15th - Show
Nottinghamshire - Palace Theatre - Mansfield
Box Office 01623 633133

 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Debbie Curtis and all the musicians, dancers, re-enactors & staff at
The UKs Top Swing & Jazz Big Band - Putting the BIG back in BAND

A big thank you to everyone who has been supporting Debbie's quest to put Big Band Swing back into the mainstream of music! 2008 has been a busy year which has seen the bands CDs added to iTunes, another successful swing session at the world famous London Palladium as well as many other public and private performances, ever increasing national and international press and radio coverage and much more!

Debbie has recently been working on film music for a number of forthcoming films being made at Pinewood Studios in the UK and currently, hundreds of hours of film footage of behind the
scenes and band concerts are being edited at Pinewood with view to a potential TV pilot.

Debbie hopes you have a fantastic Christmas and that despite all the recent financial problems that face the world that 2009 is your personal best ever year!

Dates Now On Sale

January 10th - Show
Cornwall - Hall For Cornwall, Truro
Box Office 01872 262466
Online Booking www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

February 15th - Show


February 15th - Show
Nottinghamshire - Palace Theatre - Mansfield
Box Office 01623 633133
Online Booking www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre

March 14th - Show
(On Sale Jan 2nd)


March 14th - Show
(On Sale Jan 2nd)
Lancashire - Oswaldthistle Civic Theatre - Accrington
Box Office 01254 380293
Online Booking www.hyndburnentertainment.com

March 21st - Dance (1940s)


March 21st - Dance (1940s)
Hertfordshire - Watford Colosseum
Box Office 020 8688 9291
Online Booking www.watford-colosseum.co.uk

April 30th - Show
(On sale Jan 2nd)


April 30th - Show
(On sale Jan 2nd)
Surrey - Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
Box Office 01737 765547
Online Booking www.harlequintheatre.co.uk

Please Note : Ticket prices vary, check with venue please.


Please Note : Ticket prices vary, check with venue please.

Radio Christmas Special with Debbie
Wednesday 10th December 10pm to 11pm (UK Time)

Debbie will join presenter Chris Doggett on her local charity radio station 'Radio Christmas' for an hour of chat, phone ins, prizes and more.

To listen live on the internet please go to
and select the Listen Now feature.

Radio Christmas is a community radio station based in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, UK.  The aim of the radio station is to raise awareness of the plight of the street children of Latin America and raise funds to help them.  For more information about the cause please visit our Street Kids Direct website
www.streetkidsdirect.org.uk