The Christchurch-based Garden City Big Band have over 20 years experience providing musical entertainment both locally and further afield.

A full 17-piece big band consisting of some of the best local musicians & vocalists in its line-up, the band performs a wide variety of music ranging from classic swing and dance music from the Big Band Era through to more contemporary big band sounds, Latin and Rock 'n Roll.

hether you like Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Harry Connick Jr or Michael Buble, the Garden City Big Band can put on a great show that is sure to get the crowd on its feet. The band has performed at National Conferences, Weddings and Corporate or private functions.

f you are thinking about 1920's Great Gatsby type function, this band would be perfect for your occasion.

The band can also form a smaller combo (see the Garden City Combo) from its pool of talented and dedicated musicians - perfect for a more intimate setting or as a prelude to bringing on the full band.

Ideal for: dance music for prestige ball, corporate function, festival, community concert

See also Garden City Combo - small jazz band

Sample Repertoire:
Royal Welcome
Witchcraft Vocal
Sweet Georgia Brown
So Nice
American Patrol
I Left My Heart in SF Voc
Have You Met Miss Jones Voc
Quiet Nights
Come Fly With Me Vocal
Spinning Wheel Vocal
Little Brown Jug
Tico Tico
Until I Met You
Mack the Knife Vocal
Wakatipu Environs
Don’t Get Around Much Vocal
Moonlight Serenade
Do Nothin’ ‘til You Hear
Billie’s Bounce
Megan’s Exam
Watermelon Man
It Had to Be You Vocal
You Don’t Know What Love is
Shake Rattle & Roll Vocal
Wine & Roses
Fat Man Boogie
The Lady is A Tramp Vocal
Coconut Champagne
Woodchopper’s Ball
Second Time Around Vocal
Yesterday’s Bread
You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody
Girl From Ipanema
It’s Only A Paper Moon Vocal
Who Kares
Rock and Roll One
Now’s the Time
Cry Me A River
Just a Gigolo
Pennsylvania 6500
Blue Skies
Festival Jump
Theme From NY NY vocal
Blue Invasion
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
In the Mood
Gopher Holes
String of Pearls
Peter Gunn
Saturday Night Fever
Splish Splash
When the Saints vocal
Moon River
The Last Waltz
Mr Scruff
On The Sunny Side of the Street
When I’m 64

Hi Robyn,
Thanks for your email.
The band was absolutely fantastic! They really made the evening.
One or two of our guests were a little risque so I hope the performers were not too put off. The guests were not parents of the school!!!
Kind regards,
Lucy Glengarry-Jones
Our Lady of the Sea School fundraiser event

Hi Pete,
Sorry for the delay in replying to you, thank you so much to the band. Stu and the band were fantastic, I spoke with Stu a few days before our wedding and he advised me the play list and the music they would be playing.
They were perfect for our wedding and made the night a fantastic one to enjoy.
I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Andrew Thompson  (small band)

Hello Robyn
Thanks for recommending Stu and his band for my parents' 60th wedding anniversary. They were absolutely right for the occasion.
Sue Pritchard 

Hi Kellie
Just to let you know, we had a fantastic time on Sunday and Stu and his crew really were the icing on the cake - the music was great - would recommend them any day. A very good time was had by all.
Jillian Caven (Stu Buchanan group)

hi to all,
just wanted to say a big thank you to you and stu buchanan and the boys for making my dads party a night to remember! they were absolutely amazing and such a great and talented bunch of guys! i wish you all the best for the future!
big thank you again
jessi (Stu's small band)

Hi Kellie,
Thank you very much. We had a wonderful day and the band was perfect for the occasion and we received plenty of compliments on them from our guests.
Thank you again and please pass on our thanks to the Band.
Kind regards,
Jeremy Finch
(Garden City Quintet)

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