The Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in performing classic Swing Era music with young, talented musicians. Its mission is to bring big band swing back into the mainstream for current and future generations to enjoy.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Beantown Swing Orchestra is available for classy events where it is important to get all ages onto the dance floor. It also offers school programs with the goal of engaging, entertaining, and educating young audiences with the most historically and culturally significant form of American music ever created.

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Bring the Beantown Swing Orchestra to your school and introduce your students to big band swing. With its uplifting and unifying powers, it’s the perfect form of music for today’s youngsters.

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  • Full video from last week's sold-out concert at the Shalin Liu-Center! See the description to jump to a song. https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qd8TpbRuyCQ

    The Beantown Swing Orchestra at the Shalin-Liu Performance Center on February 7, 2018. SETLIST Don't Be That Way (0:01) Sometimes I'm Happy (4:40) Sing Me A ...

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Swing Era Demo

Classic 1930s and 1940s big band arrangements at the JFK library in Boston, MA on April 9, 2016. All charts transcribed by Danny Fratina from the original Swing Era recordings.

“A-Tisket, A-Tasket”

The Beantown Swing Orchestra performs Van Alexander’s arrangement at the Copley Westin in Boston, MA on May 6, 2017. Transcribed by Danny Fratina from the 1938 Chick Webb / Ella Fitzgerald recording.

“Man From Mars”

Jerry Gray’s arrangement of “Man From Mars” at the Peabody Centennial Grand Ball at the Northshore Mall in Peabody, MA on May 7, 2017. Transcribed by Danny Fratina from the 1939 Artie Shaw live Old Gold Show recording.

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