Reginald Bosanquet Swing Band

I recently obtained recordings of several school bands from the 1970s and 1980s which were made by Ron Abbott in glorious mono on his reel-to-reel tape recorder. I hope to make all of these recordings available publicly for the first time.

The first fruits of this effort is in the form of the Reginald Bosanquet Swing Band, recorded at the BGS Follies of 1979. The BGS Follies were an annual talent contest at Boston Grammar School, and the story goes that it was this performance that caused the headmaster, Arthur Shrimpton, to cancel future events of this kind.

The members of the band were Keith Phillips (drums), Tim Loake (lead guitar), Dick Green (rhythm guitar) and Bill Dunham (vocals).

If you want to read a little more about the band then you can go to the OBA Wiki and follow links through to YouTube, or if you’re impatient to see what they sounded like, you can go straight to the recordings on YouTube.

(Note that the graphic shown here is not the band’s own logo, but rather just something I have designed to give the YouTube videos some character)

2 thoughts on “Reginald Bosanquet Swing Band

  1. Remember this night well. As one of the performers on the night it was most memorable. I always thought the future shows were banned because of the pisstake performance of Mr Shrimptons son about his father as headmaster.

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