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USO Big Band – Vocal String Orchestra | UK

The Big Band is especially suitable for large audiences but can be booked in a variety of sizes for maximum impact. It features live band, 3 vocalists, four strings and can come with or without a horn section.
USO Big Band members are all top musicians with live gig and recording credits ranging from Amy Winehouse, Duffy, The Noisettes, Robbie Williams, Soul II Soul to Westlife, Il Divo and Tom Jones.

Our repertoire includes classics from Duffy, Pink, Beyonce, Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga, Soul II Soul, Scissor Sisters, Black Eyed Peas, Taio Cruz, Soul II Soul, Barry White and Michael Jackson, all guaranteed to get your guests crowding onto the dance floor

USO is a young, contemporary and diverse string-based ensemble with a groovy twist, DJ and vocals. By adding percussion and bass to the classic string ensemble, they’ve created their own unique blend of strings, beats and bass lines. Soulful arrangements of lush strings and funky rhythms combine to create a fresh, modern and classy sound.

Available in different sizes, USO is ideal for receptions, parties and special events – where live music is required to enhance the occasion. They have an exclusively arranged repertoire of chilled out lounge grooves, contemporary pop and soul, cool jazz and blues, and beautiful classical music. They also undertake special commissions by request.

USO have recorded and performed alongside many of the music industry’s most high profile and successful artists, including Groove Armada, Jay-Z, Keane, Nitin Sawney, Cliff Richard, Gabrielle, Nightmares On Wax, Robert Miles, Maxi Priest, Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Shola Ama, Kenny Thomas, Steve Brookstein, Paul Potts, Heather Small, Carleen Anderson, Octave One, China Black, Misty Oldland & Denise Pearson from 5 Star. They have also featured in TV and video promotional campaigns for Kylie Minogue, Emma Bunton, Sonique and Annie Lennox.

Weddings
Exclusive repertoire and versatile sound with classic and beautiful service, followed by an uplifting and fun reception.

Standard Length of Performance:

Max 2 hours – usually 90 mins

Testimonials:

“I absolutely loved the music last night as did our guests. The orchestra were fantastic, the perfect background to the wonderful setting”.
– Private Client

“USO were great to work with, true professionals and fantastic musicians – my clients were delighted!”.
– Freese Event Management Ltd

“The party we held in Vincy in honour of Lord Weidenfeld’s birthday was a great success, and our guests were amazed by the wonderful music and atmosphere. We really enjoyed hearing you, and we would surely recommend you.”
– Private Client

“I just want to say a huge thank you – USO’s performance was amazing!”
– Tailor-Made Events

“A huge ‘Thank You’ to you and the rest of USO – you were all absolutely fantastic, and we’ve had so many great reports from our guests who all thought you were super! You went over and above all expectations.”
– The Lawn Tennis Association Wimbledon Ball

“I just wanted to email to say a HUGE thank you to you and the USO on the fashion shoot on Wednesday. Thank you for all your help in pulling in a very good-looking group of men. They provided a stunning centrepiece to the shoot. The crew wanted to cry when they started playing in the field at Osterley Park, it was amazing. The director was so pleased, and it was just what she had imagined in her head. I think all the girls want to have them at their weddings to play!”
– Red Magazine

“The band were very well received. They were very nice to work with, were presented very well and 100% met the brief. One delegate said that they played the room very well – started off mellow and then worked them into the mood to go out…(you get me!). I even heard one of the delegates chatting about booking them for her wedding!! I thought they were brilliant.”
– A Little Bird (via Contraband)

“USO were great, they were extremely professional and literally just got on with the rehearsals and the gig itself without needing much input from me at all so I was very grateful for that!”
– Travel Counsellors Ltd (via Contraband)

“The event went really well thank you! USO were brilliant you were so right I was really impressed with them. So impressed that I wanted to talk to you about using them for another event. Thank you so much for suggesting them they were absolutely perfect for what we wanted. You are a star!”
– Euromoney Trading Ltd (via Contraband)

“I was more than happy with all of it…..The band were amazing, and Banbury was great too…..Thanks again for everything- I couldn’t have done it without you!!”
– Incentivise Ltd (via Contraband)

Previous Clients Include:

Oasis
Mariah Carey
Lancôme
Nokia
Deutsche Bank
Ikea
Gian-Luca Vialli (Chelsea FC) wedding
Alan White (Oasis) wedding
Juliana Ratner (CNN Newsreader) wedding
Peter Andre & Jordan wedding
WOMAD
Cannes Film Festival
‘Nine’ Film Launch
Basel Art Fair
Lord Norman Foster
Gartner Winner’s Circle Gala
Rupert Murdoch
Wimbledon Ball

Big Band Repertoire:

Your Song – Elton John
Fallen – Lauren Wood
At Last – Etta James
You’re My First, My Last – Barry White / Love Unlimited Orchestra
You Might Need Somebody – Shola Ama / Randy Crawford
Warwick Avenue – Duffy
Mercy – Duffy
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
I Need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Beggin’ – Madcon
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Pricetag – Jessie J
Where Is The Love? – Black Eyed Peas
In Da Club – 50 Cent
Billionaire – Travie McKoy ft Bruno Mars
Naughty Girl – Beyonce
Back To Life – Soul II Soul
All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield
Rock DJ – Robbie Williams
I Don’t Feel Like Dancing – Scissor Sisters
Outside – George Michael
Groovejet – Spiller
Forget You – Ce Lo Green
Mr Saxobeat – Alexandra Stan
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
American Boy – Estelle & Kanye West
Murder On The Dancefloor – Sophie Ellis Bextor
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Relight My Fire – Take That!
Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner
Boogie Wonderland – Earth, Wind & Fire
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Car Wash – Rose Royce
USO Big Band Full Rep list 2013 (cont)
Le Freak – Chic
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Get This Party Started – Pink
Don’t Upset The Rhythm – The Noisettes
Just Dance – Lady Gaga
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
Give Me Everything – Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer
DJ Got Us Falling In love – Usher Feat. Pitbull
Only Girl In The World – Rihanna
We Found Love in a Hopeless Place – Rihanna
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue
Hung up – Madonna
Empire State Of Mind – Jay Z ft Alicia Keys
Single Ladies – Beyonce
When Love Takes Over – David Guetta ft Kelly Rowland
Titanium – David Guetta ft Sia
Rain Over Me – Pitbull & Marc Anthony
I Got A Feeling – Black-Eyed Peas
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
The Time – Black Eyed Peas
December 1963 (Oh what a night) – The Four Seasons
One Day Like This – Elbow

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