Band to swing back into the North East

Revival: In 2005 many musicians across the North East started up the Ambassadors which lasted for a couple of years.
Revival: In 2005 many musicians across the North East started up the Ambassadors which lasted for a couple of years.

Three local people are hoping to revive popular 1940’s swing band, The Ambassadors.

Norman Roberson of Fraserburgh, Pamela Cook of Fyvie and Brian Middleton of Aberdeen are looking for musicians in the North East to join their trio to bring back the popular style of swing music.

Swing: The band is hoping to revive the Big Band and Swing era like the Ambassadors performed in the 40's.

Swing: The band is hoping to revive the Big Band and Swing era like the Ambassadors performed in the 40's.

The original band started up in Peterhead back in the 40’s and performed reguarly at the Palace Hotel.

Towards the end of the 40’s into the beginning of the 50s big bands and swing music fizzled out when rock n roll became the forefront of popular music. The Ambassadors parted ways but leaving a lasting impression in Peterhead and indeed much of the North East.

Over the years many groups have tried to revive the Ambassadors, in the 70s, 90s and in 2005 where they played at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree.

Norman Robertson who is keen to bring back the band said:

“The Ambassadors were very popular in the 1940s in Peterhead. We want to bring back the same swing style, dance band to the North East.

“Music has changed so much but I think there is still appreciation for this genre.

“We are looking for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums and piano players to join us. You don’t have to be an expert, if you are enthusiastic and want to advance in how well you play then you are also welcome to join.

“For me it’s about having fun and doing something that is enjoyable and that other people will enjoy. If we get more established then there is the possibility of getting paid for performances but at the moment it’s really about the enjoyment and working with others who have a love for this type of music too.”

If you play a wind or percussion instrument and want to get involved contact Norman on 01346 513947.