Artist of the Month — In Full Swing — June 2017
In Full Swing have one of the best Big Band sounds around
IFS at Canberrang July 2016
Based in Canberra, In Full Swing are a 20-piece Big Band that has had their audiences dancing in the aisles for 20 years
In Full Swing (IFS) is Canberra's most entertaining Big Band, consisting of 22 highly skilled and fun musicians who reside in and around the Canberra region. The band was formed in 1991, and has an extensive repertoire of music from the big band era of the 1930-40s, right through to contemporary funk, rock and Latin songs, as well as those by re-emergent artists such as Michael Bublé and Royal Crown Review. In Full Swing also features both male and female vocalists, who add incredible intensity, pizzazz and talent to our ensemble.
In recent years, In Full Swing has been busy recording in the studio and from the stage. Their latest CD was released in November 2016 and features a high-energy collection of swinging Christmas songs. More information on their CDs can be found on their CD page.
The current line-up includes a range of versatile and talented personalities from 18-60 years of age who love to play music, have fun and enjoy each other’s company. They are always on the lookout for more members so check out their recruitment page if you would like more information on joining IFS.
IFS at their album launch November 2016
IFS perform at a wide variety of venues and in different formats, which regularly include Weddings, Private Functions, Christmas Parties, Jazz Festivals (Merimbula- Queen’s Birthday long weekend), Special Events and Gala Balls, Canberrang Swing Dance Festival, also at charity and community events such as fundraisers and Floriade. They average around 8-10 performances per year.
Some years they create a ‘major event’. In 2013 it was a live recording at the Hellenic Club. In 2015 it was a combined concert with Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire. In 2016 it was a reunion with the Qwire to put on a concert for our Christmas album launch. 2017 sees In Full Swing collaborating with 3 other Canberra Big Bands for a one night only big band bonanza concert on the 26th August, this is with Canberra City Big Band, Connexion Big Band and Blamey Street Big Band.
Simon Mitchel, Simon Best and Amy Stewart at Canberrang 2016
The Big Band sound is a joyous and compelling dance-filled music that puts a smile on everyone's face. The urge to get up and dance when hearing a Big Band play is almost irresistible. In Full Swing create that sound perfectly and a fill a much needed musical necessity in Canberra's lively and thriving arts scene.
In Full Swing have been bringing us immense joy and unique music for over twenty years; here's hoping that they will go on for another twenty, and a whole lot more. Their type of music will never go out of style.
Tom Johnston and IFS Big Band at their album launch November 2016