Swinging from the past into the future with the best of today... Big Band, Swing, Sinatra, Motown, R&B and Classic Rock. The Next Generation Swing Band delivers the perfect blend of your favorite music, incorporating professional musicianship and stage presence into a dynamic and engaging performance. Your guests will undoubtedly find our music familiar and entertaining. There is nothing more compelling than live music to make your event successful and memorable!
The Next Generation Swing Band specializes in selections from the Great American Songbook; classic and authentic songs from the swing era; and pop standards of later decades.
Everyone loves to hear and dance to the classics from the Great American Song Book! Our swing band repertoire consists of hits by such greats as Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and Count Basie among others. If your guests prefer something more contemporary, The Next Generation Swing Band can easily customize our repertoire to suit your needs, ranging from soft ballads to driving Motown, R&B and Classic Rock dance music.
The Next Generation Swing Band (NGSB) is a division of Serenade Musical Services (SMS), a company founded by husband wife team Bob and Sherry Apgar. With more than three decades of professional musical experience, SMS ensures both exceptional musical quality and excellent customer service. All SMS groups feature one or both of the company's founders, giving clients first hand contact with the band leader/contractor — no middle men!
The present day incarnation of the NGSB has roots spanning back to the 1980's when Bob and Sherry, having completed their musical training at Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University and Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance respectively, married and settled in Philadelphia. Bob immediately began playing saxophone in the Walter Jay Orchestra, one of Philadelphia's most prominent dance bands. This association continued through the year 2000, with Bob eventually becoming the main contractor and bandleader. During this time Bob also began playing with the Al Raymond Orchestra. Following a five decade tenure as bandleader, Al Raymond retired and passed on stewardship of the group on to his son Craig, who in turn passed the band on to Bob.
In 2008 Bob combined both groups and the modern day Next Generation Swing Band was born. Taking the best music and musicians from both bands, the current NGSB features the most talented big band, show and jazz musicians the Philadelphia area has to offer. The NGSB has played for every type of event at all major venues in the Delaware Valley. If you love big band dance music, jazz, Motown, R&B or classic rock, the Next Generation Swing Band is the band for you!