The Beantown Swing Orchestra represents the future of big band music. Specializing in the performance of Swing Era classics as well as current songs custom arranged for big band, its mission is to bring this music back into the mainstream for current and future generations to enjoy.

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

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Music Education

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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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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