Portsmouth music scene

The Musicians Union Festival of Dance 1955 and 1956

During 1955 and 1956 the Musicians Union, Portsmouth Branch, held a12 band Festival of Dance at the Savoy Ballroom.
Here are photo from Jack Salt's collection, kindly made available by his son Brian.
Jack was the Baritone Sax player witht he Benny Freedman Orchestra during the 1950's.
These photogrphs were kindly made available by Brian Salt, son of Jack Salt who was the baritine-sax player with the Benny Freedman Orchestra.


19th July 1955

Bands in order of appearance.

Benny Freedman and his Band
7. 30 p.m.
Archie Horn ---- Alto, clar. George Hunnisett ---- Alto, clar, violin, drum Ernie Davis Tenor, clar.
Jack Salt ---- Baritone, alto, clar. Stan Emptage ---- "trumpet. Jimmy Newton ---- Trumpet, vocalist. Brian Barnes ---- Piano Geoff Powell ---- Bass, guitar, vocalist. Ted Harvey Drums. Kenny Freedman ---- Alto, clar, violin.

The Trevor Nabarro Quartet.
8.15 p.m.
Tony Day ---- Piano. Ray Shepherd ---- Drums. Roy Nightingale ---- Bass. Trevor Nabarro ---- Alto.


55banistra

Reginald Bannistra and his Music

8.45 p.m.
Les Meare Alto, clar. Bob Lucas ---- Alto, clar. Roy Murray Tenor, Violin. Norman King ---- Tenor, clar.
Freddy Hutchins ---- Baritone, trumpet. Dicky Cox ---- Trumpet. Stan Howell ---- Trumpet. Stan Matthews ---- Piano
Stan King ---- Bass. Reginald Bannistra ---- Drums


55quintonx

The Bob Quinton Group featuring Johnny Lyne.

9.15 pm.
(Presented by Reginald Bannistra) Ken Bishop ---- Tenor,clar. Joe English ---- Bass Arthur Ward ---- Drums.
Johnny Lyne ---- Muiti-instrumentalist. Bob Quintun ---- Piano.


55mccarthyx

Barry McCarthy and his Dixielanders

9.45 p.m.
Douggie Whitfield ---- Trumpet Jimmy Horn ---- Trombone, Doreen Nutter Piano, vocalist.
Ron Blandford ---- Bass. Jack Campbell Drums. Barry McCarthy ---- Alto, clar.


55danceorchx

The Dance Orchestra of HM Royal Marines (Portsmouth)

10.15 p.m.
By permission of Major General Royal Marines, Portsmouth, Directed by Bandmaster ROY MORGAN, R.M.
B/Cpl David Elliott ---- Alto, clar, violin. Musn, Terence Casselden ---- Alto, clar.
L/Cpl Leonard Spencer ---- tenor, clar,violin Musn. Frank Fowler ---- Tenor, clar, violin
L/Cpl Jesse Palmer Baritone, flute. B/Sgt Harold Price ---- Trombone. B/Sgt. Jack Evans ---- Bass, piano.
Musn. Tony Fitzgerald ---- Piano, flute Musn. Tour Law ---- Drums B/M Roy Morgan ---- Trumpet.


55bennettx

Ron Bennett and his Club Quintet

10.45 p.m.
Terry Flynn ---- Vibraphone, piano. Bill Cole ---- Piano. Nelson Peters ---- Bass.
George Austen ---- Guitar. George Good ---- Drums. Ron Bennett ---- Tenor, clar, bass clar.


55combinedx

The Combined Theatres Orchestra with Frederick Curzon

11.15 p.m.
Directed by ARTHUR F. REED., A. E. Beech ---- Violin, sax. T. J. Peaker ---- Violin, sax.
B. E. Goodall ---- Violin, trombone. C. Wakley (Miss) ---- Violin, trumpet. M. Gold (Miss) ---- Violin,
F. Bellman ---- Violin. H. Cooper ---- Cello, sax. R. Matthews (Mrs.) ---- Cello. R. F. Boon ---- Bass.
R. Bishop ---- Flute. R. Rutty ---- Clan, Viola. L. Ferguson ---- Clar, sax. A. Fotterell ---- Trumpet
G. Crisps ---- Trumpet. S. Hillier ---- Trombone. P. H. Jamieson ---- Trombone.
A. F. Hartnell ---- Drums. F. Curzon ---- Piano.


55fryx

Wally Fry and his Collegians

Midnight
Sid Proctor ---- Alto, clar, violin. Harry Thompson ---- Alto, clar. Len Farrell ---- Tenor, clar, accordion.
Jock Shulman ---- Trumpet. Douggie Wheeler ---- Trombone. Hobby Clark ---- Piano.
Roy BeverleyŚ Bass, guitar. Wally Fry ---- Drums.


55mitchellx

Mick Mitchell and his Band

12.30 a.m.
Len Powell ---- Alto, clan, violin. Jack Keel ---- Alto, clar, violin. Dick Northey ---- Tenor, clar, violin.
Ted Chandler ---- Trumpet. Arthur Stevens ---- Bass. Tiny Nichols ---- Drums, vocalist.
Mick Mitchell ---- Piano, clavioline


55hallmanx

The Alf Hallman Orchestra

1.0 a.m.
John Wilkins ---- Alto, clar, trumpet. Cyril Brown ---- Tenor, clar, violin. Bob Lawrence ---- Tenor, clar, violin.
George Bishop ---- Baritone, alto, clar, violin. Bill Tate ---- Trumpet. Ted Wilcox ---- Piano. clavioline.
Tommy Padmore ---- Drums. Alf Hallman ---- Alto, sopr, clar, ace.


55richardsx

Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music

1.30 a.m.
George Harrison ---- Alto, ciar, violin, trumpet Bill Seal ---- Alto, Bart, clar, violin, cello. Bob Lambie ---- Tenor, clan, violin. Eric Robinson ---- Trumpet, violin, sax. Jack Lennox ---- Piano, accordion. Danny Brushwood ---- Bass, piano. Roy Richards ---- Drums, arranger.


55fry2x

Wally Fry and his Collegians


55gloverx

Bernard Glover - Hammond Organ


55masterpiecesx

The Masterpieces Dance Band


55greshamx

Wally Gresham and his Band


55franksx

Raymond Franks and his music


55acex

The Ace Old Time Dance Orchestra


55dunnx

Harold Dunn and his Orchestra(Southampton)


55southernx

Southern Counties Old Time Orchestra


55bernardx

Eric Bernard and Associated Broadway Orchestra

55lmayor

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress G A Day

55bernard

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress G A Day dancing

55dancers

Unknown dancers


17th July 1956

56poster

Bands in order of appearance.


56freedmanx

Benny Freedman and his Orhestra.

7.30 p.m.
Archie Horn ---- Alto, Clar. Jimmy Newton ---- Trumpet, Vocalist. George Hunnisett ---- Alto, Clar, Violin.
Brian Barnes ---- Piano. Ernie Davis ---- Tenor, Clar. Geoff Howell ---- Bass, Guitar, Vocalist.
Jack Salt ---- Baritone, Alto, Clar. Ted Harvey ---- Drums. Stan Emptage ---- Trumpet.
Benny Freedman ---- Alto, Clar, Violin.


56bishop

The Chiz Bishop Quartet.

8.0 p.m.
Ricky Wicheloe ---- Alto, Clar. Tony Hart ---- Drums. Ray Lott ---- Bass. Chiz Bishop ---- Piano, Acc, arr.


55banistra

Graham Leslie and his Orchestra

8.30 p.m.
Bob Lucas ---- Alto, Clar. Dick Cox ---- Trumpet. Roy Murray ---- Tenor, Violin.
Arthur Stevens ---- Bass. Len Farrell ---- Tenor, clar. Tommy Thompson ---- Drums.
Ted Chandler ---- Trumpet. Graham Leslie ---- Piano.


55mccarthyx

The Trevor Nabarro Quartet

9.0 p.m.
Phil Shipp ---- Piano. Ray Shepherd ---- Drums. Johnny Lyons ---- Bass. Trevor Nabarro ---- Alto, Clar.


55danceorchx

The Club Quintet

9.30 p.m.
Ron Bennett ---- Tenor, Clar, Bass Clar. Nelson Peters ---- Bass. Bill Cole ---- Piano
George Good ---- Drums. Terry Flynn ---- Vibraphone, Piano.


55bennettx

Billy Burkett and his Band

10 p.m.
Bert Farrow ---- Alto, Clar. Ken Wise ---- Piano. Laurie Bycroft ---- Alto, Clar. Vic Bray ---- Bass.
Bert Wratten ---- Tenor, Clar. Eric Langley ---- Drums. Billy Burkett ---- Trumpet.


55combinedx

Barry MCCarthy and his Dixielanders

10.30 p.m.
Douggie Whitfield ---- Trumpet. Jack Campbell ---- Drums. Douggie Wheeler ---- Trombone.
Stan King ---- Bass. Doreen Nutter ---- Piano, Vocalist. Barry McCarthy ---- Alto, Clar.


56bannistra

Reginald Bannistra and his Music

11 p.m.
Johnny Lyne ---- Alto, Clar, Trumpet, arr. Bob Quinton ---- Piano.
Freddy Hutchins ---- Alto, Trumpet. Joe English ---- Bass. Ken Bisbop ---- Tenor, Clar, arr.
Arthur Ward ---- Drums. Cyril Breeze ---- Tenor, Baritone. Jill Ward ---- Vocalist.
Ken Howell ---- Trumpet. Reg. Bannistra, M.D.


55mitchellx

Jack Leon and his Concert Orchestra

11.30 p.m.
Tibor Stary ---- Violin (Lead) Guy Taylor ---- Bass. Arthur Reed ---- Violin. George Romano ---- Clarinet, Alto.
Benny Freedman ---- Violin. Arthur Cooter ---- Clarinet, Alto. Tom Peaker ---- Violin. Jock Ferguson ---- Clarinet, Alto. Les Ivermay ---- Violin. Joe Placket ---- Flute, Alto. Bernard Goodall ---- Violin.
Ron Bishop ---- Flute, Alto. George Hunnisett ---- Violin. A. E. Hopkins ---- Oboe. Austin Beech ---- Violin. Roy Garman ---- Trumpet.
Ben Riches ---- Violin. John Fullbrook ---- Trumpet. George Forbes ---- Violin, Tenor. Ken Snelling ---- Trombone. Ernest Barr ---- Viola Ron Elkins ---- Piano. R. Hutty ---- Viola Cyril Houldsworth ---- Drums. Joe Hamilton ---- Cello Maureen Jones ---- Soprano.


55hallmanx

Wally Fry and his Collegians

Midnight
Sid Proctor ---- Alto, Clar, Violin. Jock Shulman ---- Trumpet. Harry Thompson ---- Alto, Clar.
Nobby Clark ---- Piano. Freddy Wylie ---- Tenor, Clar, Violin.
Roy Beverley ---- Bass, Guitar. Wally Fry ---- Drums.


55richardsx

Goldie and the Marinaires

12.30 a.m.
Bill Treend ---- Piano, arr. Jack Campbell ---- Drums.
George Mills ---- Accordion. Arthur Goldsmith ---- Tenor, Vocalist.


55fry2x

Alf Hallman and his Orchestra

1 a.m.
John Wilkins ---- Alto, Clar, Trumpet. Ted Wilcox ---- Piano, Clav. Bob Lawrence ---- Tenor, Alto, Clar, Violin.
Ray Nightingale ---- Bass. Cyril Brown ---- Tenor, Clar, Violin. Tommy Padmore ---- Drums.
Johnny Lyne ---- Trumpet, Alto. Alf Hallman ---- Alto, Bari, Sop, Clar, Acc.


55gloverx

Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra

1.30 a.m.
Charles Bliss ---- Alto, Clar. Violin, Vocalist. Spike Romano ---- Trumpet, Violin.
Bill Davies ---- Alto, Clar, Violin, 'Cello, Voc. Jack Lennox ---- Piano, Acc., Univ. Ox.
Bob Lambie ---- Tenor, Clar, Violin. Danny Brushwood ---- Bass, Piano. Roy Richards ---- Drums, arr.


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The 1957 Festival of Dance Music at the Savoy allroom.


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The 1958 Festival of Dance Music at the Savoy Ballroom.


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The 1959 Festival of Dance Music at the Savoy Ballroom.

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