About Us

If you’re looking for quality music, look no further!
Whether you’re organising a wedding, a charity event, an award ceremony, product launch, dinner dance or just a great party in the South West, The Dave Hankin Small Big Band has the experience and expertise to ensure that your evening is a total success.
The 9 piece Dave Hankin Small Big Band (consisting of 2 saxophones, 2 trumpets, trombone, keyboards, bass guitar, drums and vocals) offers the best of both worlds - a small big band and also a pop/rock band with a backing horn section. The instrumentation is such that it can offer music from 1940's Big Band Swing right up to the present day rock and pop.
The Dave Hankin Small Big Band is a long established function band which has provided top quality entertainment at most of the prestigious venues in Devon or Cornwall, including Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay, Paignton, Exmouth, Barnstaple, St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard and beyond.
We tailor our sets specifically to your needs and those of your audience giving you a unique, exciting, energetic and fun event. If you are planning a function and need a live band which can really make your event live long in everyone's memory, then The Dave Hankin Small Big Band is the perfect choice.

Dave Hankin

Dave HankinBand Leader & Trombone
Glasgow born Dave Hankin became a professional musician in 1983 when he worked in Singapore and Malaysia, after which he went on to become a Musical Director working in London.
Dave is an internationally renowned composer, arranger and band leader. His orchestrations have been performed by, among others, Urbie Green, Jiggs Whigham, Don Lusher and Roy Williams. Dave's music has been broadcast on radio and television and his arrangements have been performed by many big bands worldwide, including the BBC Big Band.
As a trombonist he has played with stars such as Matt Munro, Jack Parnell, Kenny Baker, Peter King, Don Lusher and the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra.
Dave moved to Plymouth in 2006 where he now owns a hotel. He also runs his own music publishing business - Dynamic Music Publications - which specialises in trombone ensemble music.

Our Musicians

The Dave Hankin Small Big Band only uses professional musicians – players who rely on their musicianship to pay their mortgages!

Gordon Carter

Alto Sax

Rachel Strange

Tenor Sax

Mike Brewer


Sam Massey


Gav Martin


Jim Rintoul

Bass Guitar

Andy Miller


Bern Stewart



We know how important your event is to you and your guests!
Professional and flexible, The Dave Hankin Small Big Band can easily cater for guests of all ages and musical tastes.
If you are planning a function and need a live band which can really make your event live long in everyone's memory, then The Dave Hankin Small Big Band is the perfect choice.

Ain't That A Kick In The Head

American Patrol

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

La Mer

Me And Mrs Jones

Opus #1


The Dave Hankin Small Big Band are a highly professional and experienced band dedicated to making your day special – but don’t take our word for it – check out some of the many testimonials and thank you letters we have received.

Hello again Dave,
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you and the band for the great show that you put on for our wedding at Burgh Island on 18th June. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the music and are still talking about it!!
The atmosphere was great and the band just finished the evening off perfectly.
I would have no hesitation in recommending you to others, you were all very professional, so friendly and just brilliant!!
I wish you all every success in the future.
Many thanks,
Tony and Steve

Please accept our sincerest thanks for playing at our wedding at Cadhay on 14th July. They say the entertainment can make or break a wedding and you certainly made ours. Your professionalism and talent shone through from the start ~ what a truly fabulous sound.
We absolutely loved dancing our first dance to Sing, Sing, Sing and very much appreciate the effort you went to in providing us with a demo so that we could practice our routine in the months leading up to the wedding. It most definetly got everyone 'in the mood' and your wonderful playlist ensured that the dance floor was always full. You should know that many compliments were paid to you all on the night and we have had more since, with some of the guests telling us that this was the first time they had danced at a wedding for many years!
Once again, thank you so very much for making our wedding extra special -we only wish we could do it all over again!
With very best wishes
Catharine and Simon, Surrey

Dear Dave,
Thank you all so much for making our wedding day so perfect.
From our first contact, up to you playing “New York New York”, your professionalism and ability was obviously visible. And we were so happy that we had you as our band.
Wishing you every success for the future.
Caroline and Paul, Exeter

To all the Dave Hankin Band
We would just like to thank you for the amazing performance you gave at our evening wedding reception. We enjoyed every minute and would just like to thank you for being part of our special day.
Natalie and Chris


The Dave Hankin Small Big Band understands the importance of your function and will make every effort to ensure your event is memorable and enjoyable.

The Band

How many musicians are there in the Dave Hankin Small Band?
There are 9 musicians in the Dave Hankin Small Big Band: 2 saxophones, 2 trumpets, trombone, keyboards, bass guitar, drums and vocals.
How long have the Dave Hankin Small Big Band been performing together?
The Small Big Band was formed using musicians from the full-sized Dave Hankin Big Band. As Dave Hankin only uses professional musicians, the players have known and performed with each other for many years – some musical associations going back 20 years.
  NB: Watch out for bands that change personnel often. Groups that have just formed pose the potential for problems if the group breaks up. This isn't to say that established bands don't break up, but over half of all bands formed break up before their first anniversary. The longer they have been together, the more likely they will be to remain together until your wedding date.
Do you always use the same musicians, or does the line-up vary?
The Dave Hankin Small Big Band always use the same musicians. Change to the line-up is only made when there is an unforeseen circumstance (e.g. illness).
Wherever practicable, Dave Hankin prefers not to accept an engagement if the normal line up can’t be offered.


Will you perform a specific song for my first dance even though it doesn't appear on your play list?
Absolutely. It’s now common practice for bands to accommodate you in this way and the Dave Hankin Small Big Band are no exception. All we ask is that you give us a minimum of 4 weeks notice so that we can prepare the music for you.
What styles of music do you play?
You name it – we can do it! The choice of our instrumentation is such that we offer music from the 1920's right up to the present day – from Big Band Swing through 70's pop and Blues Brothers to rock music. We prefer to vary the musical styles throughout your function.
If there is a specific song on the playlist you would like us to perform, mention this to us in advance.
My friend is a singer. Can he/she join you for a couple of numbers?
Yes of course! We've done this before and it's always been great fun and adds a very personal touch to your wedding. We're more than happy to provide a microphone for a singer if you wish. If they want to sing something from our set and obviously have your permission to do so, then we're happy to oblige.
Our venue is pretty tight for space. How much room do you require?
The equipment we use has been designed specifically for use at functions. If your space is limited then we will only bring in the equipment necessary for your venue so that we do not take up a lot of space.
How long do you require to set up?
The Dave Hankin Small Big Band normally has all the sound and lighting equipment set up and the sound check completed within 40 minutes.
What do you usually wear?
The Dave Hankin Small Big Band always dress smartly on and off stage and usually perform in dinner suits.


How much would you charge to perform at my event?
How long is a ball of string!
The following factors are taken into account in preparing your quotation:
  • length of performance
  • time of day
  • time of year
  • travelling distance
  • any special preparation (e.g. particular music choices not normally performed by us)
What are the deposit and payment requirements?
The Dave Hankin Small Big Band requires a deposit of 10% to secure the date in the bands diary. We ask that the balance is paid at least 1 week before the performance date. Payment may also be made by cash on the night before the start of the performance.
Do you provide a contract?
Yes, Dave Hankin will supply a written contract. He is happy to make alterations to the contract to meet any special needs you may have.
  NB: Always make sure you have a written contract with the band you choose and make sure you have all verifiable contact details, postal and telephone and a receipt for your deposit.
Where are you based and are how far are you willing to travel for my event?
We are based in the Plymouth and Exeter areas. We are happy to travel for your event, however if your event does involve substantial travel for us, there may be an additional fee.
The majority of the Dave Hankin Small Big Bands bookings are in Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay, Paignton, Exmouth, Barnstaple, St Austell, Bodmin and Liskeard.


Do you have your own lighting and PA system?
Yes we do. We have discreet lighting which is extremely quick to setup which provides a lovely ambience to your venue. You may be able to use one of our microphones if you wish to make an announcement or a speech.
Do you expect refreshments?
No, the band does not expect refreshments, however we normally leave home late afternoon and don't arrive home until the early hours of the morning, therefore anything would be gratefully received!
We do not abuse free bars – the Dave Hankin Small Big Band pride ourselves on our professionalism.


The Dave Hankin Small Big Band is available all across the South West of England.
Don't hesitate to contact us for information concerning availability, bookings, pricing or any other question you may have. We're available anytime and we'll be happy to speak with you.


  0792 9999 740


   Serving the Devon and Cornwall areas


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