The Squadronaires Raf Band

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During World War II the British military forces created dance and showbands. As their name implies, The Squadronaires were members of the Royal Air Force. Originally, several members of the band were…
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During World War II the British military forces created dance and showbands. As their name implies, The Squadronaires were members of the Royal Air Force. Originally, several members of the band were ex-sidemen of Bert Ambrose. Among the founder-players were leading British dance band musicians such as Tommy McQuater, George Chisholm, Sid Colin, Jock Cummings, and Jimmy Miller who was the leader for much of the band’s life. The Squadronaires played a mixture of contemporary dance music and jazz numbers familiar through American records. In the post-war years the band maintained its popularity, touring extensively in the UK and broadcasting frequently. For many years the band’s leader was Ronnie Aldrich, a fine pianist and arranger. By the early 60s, as musical tastes changed, the band’s days were numbered and the Squadronaires were soon merely a fond memory. However, in 1987, a group of musicians, led by Harry Bence, decided to revive the band, and soon the New Squadronaires were attracting audiences with their mix of nostalgic oldies and contemporary pop music.