It all started at the University of Hospitality in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Founders of this special band were all students with a shared love for swinging music and entertainment. Besides studying, they loved partying around. And, they still do! From 1992 onwards the band played with a great regularity at various kinds of parties and festivals. To ensure that all these performances were well organised, the band took on a manager: Frans Angenent. Throughout the years the band also gained international fame. During the last of many years the band has done shows all over the Netherlands at practically every kind of festival imaginable: private parties, weddings, Jazz festivals, city promotions, fairs and company parties. Also abroad, far from home, the band did his Dutch performances: Germany, Belgium, France, USA, Italy, Bahrein, Dubai, Oman, Luxembourg, Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Suriname. A flexible attitude and an absolutely focus on the audience, make it possible to perform for both small groups (with a minimum of 3,5 people) as well as for big crowds. Although the majority of the founding members is still active in the band, the Down Town Dixie Society has been enforced by several other musicians. The success formula: swinging music and entertainment on one stage The Down Dixie Society is (totally) different from other traditional bands of the same genre, through its choice of repertoire: swinging music that’s easy to listen to and appealing to a large audience of young(er) and old(er) people. Moreover, the band is capable of turning every party into ‘a happening’. On request they also play the Blues and specific ‘party music’. “Is there a singer in the hall? Please, join us on stage”. The way in which the band presents itself on stage is everything but traditional; it’s festive, enthusiastic, and entertaining. The Down Town Dixie Society enthuses the audience and brings the party to a climax.
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