The Navigation Band has been entertaining audiences for more than thirty years .
We play regularly for a wide range of events including weddings, birthdays, family
celebrations, fundraisers, school, church, club and corporate events.
While most of our work covers our local counties of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire
and Derbyshire, we also work in neighbouring counties and along the 'M1 corridor'
(London to Leeds) and are happy to travel. Our most distant booking so far was in
Our repertoire is broad, emcompassing traditional and modern English, Irish, Scottish,
American and European tunes.
We have a wide range of set tunes to suit various popular British and American Dances.
Our style is on the rocky/jazzy side of folk, though we are always sensitive to the
audience's preferences on volume level.
For dancing we play mainly reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, marches and waltzes, with
more specialist tunes such as rants and schottisches when needed. We work closely
with the caller so that the tunes we play help the dancers and add to the dance.
We also have specialist sets of music for particular dances e.g. Swedish Masquerade,
Gay Gordons etc. and set tunes for American singing calls and traditional English
We have tunes for background listening for those times when the audience are not
yet ready to dance or simply need a few minutes' rest! These range from fast Irish
jigs to slow, gentle airs and are chosen to be interesting to listen to and to fit
the mood of the evening.