ASKED QUESTIONS WHEN
OPUS ONE BANDS
MANY MUSICIANS ARE IN YOUR BANDS?
Opus One Trad. Dixieland Band usually consists of 1 trumpet,
1 trombone, 1 clarinet, 1 banjo, piano, bass and drums. We
can supply down to a 4 piece consisting trumpet, clarinet,
banjo and tuba.
An Opus One modern jazz band usually consists of 1 vocalist,
1 sax, piano, bass, drums. This band could play Jazz, Rock
& Roll, 60's, 70's, 80's, Foxtrots, Q/Steps, Waltzes and
would be more versatile.
roaring 20's/ early 30's swing orchestra. The lineup is 3
trumpets, 2 trombones, 4 saxes, banjo, piano, tuba, drums
and 1 male vocalist, 1 female vocalist. This band can cover
dinner music and would play for dancing : Black Bottom, Jive,
Charleston, Q/Step, Waltz, Foxtrot, Jitterbug. It's not suitable
for modern pops because of instrumentation.
5 piece Opus One Function Band usually consists of a female
(or male) vocalist - MC / Sax - vocalist / piano - vocalist
/ bass - vocalist / drummer - It can be reduced to a 4 piece
band by taking away the sax.
Our 13 piece Opus One Small Big Band usually consists of a
female vocalist - MC / male vocalist / 3 saxes / 3 trumpets
/ 2 trombones / piano / bass / drums.
11 piece Opus One Small Big Band - 2 trumpets, 2 trombones,
3 saxes, piano, bass, drums, 1 female vocalist
Our Opus One Big Band consists of 5 saxes / 4 trumpets / 4
trombones / piano / bass / drums / 3 girl vocal group (the
Satin Dolls) / male vocalist.
Glenn Miller style band - feaures the Opus One Big band or
Small Big Band dressed in genuine WWII US Army uniforms, the
Satin Dolls (Andrews Sisters style) including dressing stage
with sandbags, old mike, flags, posters etc.
One Big Band and Strings features the Full Big Band augmented
by a 10 piece string section.
LONG WILL YOU PLAY FOR?
play for 4 hours maximum consisting of 3 x 1 hour sets with
2 x 1/2 hour intervals but could stretch these times a little
if required. We can also provide CD's to play in breaks.
addition to your main event, a pianist would do a maximum
of 2 hours dinner music at extra cost but would need a 45
minutes break before the dancing but we could play CD's of
your choice during this period.
WE SEE YOU PLAYING?
of the events we play at are private functions and understandably
it is somewhat difficult to make provision for spectators
at these events. There are audio samples that you can download
from our website which hopefully should suit your purpose.
Should you require further then we are able to supply a demo
CD but the samples for download should hopefully save you
time. Please do help us to keep costs down by only requesting
a CD if you really are interested in booking the band and
cannot hear the MP3s.
I NEED A LICENCE?
music/dance licence has to be applied for by your goodselves.
Two musicians or less does not require a music and dancing
licence. You will also need to insure the band members against
public liability if not covered in your public liability
DO WE NEED?
require a clean power supply on 32 amp or 63 amp Cee-Form
our own music stands with their own lighting for which we
require 13 amp sockets spread both stage left and stage right
at the rear of the stage and in the middle. We tour our own
electric piano which requires a standard 13 amp socket.
access to the venue 6 hours prior to doors opening. We also
require parking facilities for one large van. (The Band travel
by individual cars or by coach, dependant upon distance).
All parking should be provided at no cost to the Band or it's
staff and be adjacent to the venue and as close as possible
to the stage off-loading area as possible. Two vehicles need
to have permanent parking as close to the stage area as possible
for the duration of the show.
booking your venue please make an allowance for both setting
up and clearing away times of 6 hours prior and 2 hours after
a function for a Big Band and 2 1/2 hours prior and 2 hours
after a function for Function Bands up to 10 members.
For the Big band set-up we require the following lockable
· One small dressing room for two people
· One small dressing room for one person
· One dressing room for five females - musicians /
· One dressing room for sixteen male musicians
rooms should contain a full length mirror, a 13 amp power
point, table and chairs and a coat rail to suit the number
of persons occupying each dressing room.
a flat wooden floor, if possible raised, 2 feet from ground
level. 4 seperate 13 amp sockets with safety cutouts. Provision
for siting our mixing desk beside the band and stacks of speakers
to each side and slightly forward of the band on a firm level
surface. Opus One come self contained including electric piano,
music stands, music stand lights and full P.A. system. Disco
type strobe lighting or theatre type stage lighting should
be supplied by the marquee company as we do not include that
in our equipment. Opus One have the facility to get special
music arranged for the band but this does require a clear
recording and six weeks notice. This is subject to the pitch
being correct for our vocalist and maybe subject to extra
cost. We do have an extensive collection of arrangements already.
Failing this we can play any CD of your choice free of charge.
One require coffee and tea for the size of band booked + 3
backroom support staff upon arrival for the designated sound
check time and also between the sound check and the show start
time which will usually be between the hours of 6pm and 7.30pm.
Also between these times soft drinks and sandwiches (a selection
of vegetarian sandwiches and chicken are ideal with crisps
- Set lists are prepared for each show and can be tailored
to your requirements. If you so wish we can supply you with
a copy of our running order for your gig but this may only
be available 48 hours prior to the event and is subject to
change on the night.
Bands - Do not run with a set list as it is small enough to
be flexible for each gig. Again we will try to facilitate
special requests if possible and notice is required. The playlist
that you can see on our website does not include the repertoires
of our individual musicians who all possess their own music
pads. For instance our female vocalist performs a diversity
of music that includes Elvis, Tamla Motown, Best of the 60's
, Abba, Spice Girls, Barbara Streisand to name but a few.
Our male vocalists also have a wide repertoire of their own
music and are even able to perform requests spontaneously.
- We would require a detailed map and directions to your venue
21 days in advance of the gig.
as you are in a position to decide whether you wish to confirm
the booking please let us know, we will then issue a contract.
With that - we would ask for a signed top copy to be returned
together with a 10% deposit to secure the booking. Assuring
you of our best attention at all times.