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About Us

Constellation Big Band

The best in LIVE Big Band music in Swansea

Constellation Big Band was formed circa 1973 and was originally known as ‘Joe Berni Dance Band Neath’ The band originally consisted of musicians who played in bands during the 1939-45 war years and post-war years, who came together to once again enjoy the pleasures of playing music that they loved.


Over the years, the Band have toured Germany and played at various prestigious venues, and have appeared on S4C’s ‘Heno’ TV programme.


Several personnel have been associated with this fine Band over the years and we are very proud that a number of fine musicians remain amongst our ranks almost half a century since our inception!


The band recreates the sounds of the Big Band era with music from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton and many more. We also pride ourselves in having a vast array of music to accommodate all genres of musical taste and style


We have a most talented and versatile vocalist in  Chris Richards, who is a very experienced big band singer and presenter, as well as a fine  bongo player and percussionist. 

Constellation Big Band through the years - from the first swinging notes in 1973!

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