The Empire Swing Orchestra

The Empire Swing Orchestra is proud to be performing some of the greatest music of the twentieth century from Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" to the classics of Frank Sinatra. Please take a look at our upcoming public events, browse our photo gallery, or just drop us a line to say "hello".

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About Us

The Empire Swing Orchestra is an 18 piece swing band consisting of local professionals with a love for the jazz classics of the swing era.

Mission and Purpose

Comprised of musicians from the Riverside area, the Empire Swing Orchestra is a non-profit organization that encourages and actively promotes the highest standards of creativity, performance, and education in music in the community.

Further purposes are to provide charitable contributions to our local arts programs, to instill in all people an awareness of music's important role in the enrichment of the human spirit, and to foster a fellowship between all musicians.


The Empire Swing Orchestra is regularly contracted for:

  • Weddings
  • Birthday parties
  • Business events
  • Private parties
  • Civic events

Given the dynamic range of these events we also custom match our musical set-lists and hand pick the songs to match the energy level as well as the clientele that will be present. Such considerations include:

  • Purpose of event
  • Themes
  • Age range of guests
  • Socializing music
  • Dinner music
  • Dancing music


The Empire Swing Orchestra mainly performs the swing classics from the 20's to the 50's but is also comfortable adding complementary tunes to the musical routine. Most recently the bride pre-requested for a special "surprise" song to sing to her husband. We specially ordered the piece, rehearsed, and performed "Can't take my eyes off of you" while the bride serenaded her husband to the cheers of her guests.

Our music library covers 8,230 classic "big band" songs with 200 songs readily on-hand to perform at a minutes notice.


The Empire Swing Orchestra is a full sized big-band that regularly performs with 18 musicians that include the following:

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 4 Trombones
  • 5 Saxophones
  • Drums
  • Bass
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Vocals

Featured performer for:

  • "My Fair Wedding" hosted by David Tutera
  • The Claremont Swing Dance
  • The Orange County Film Festival
  • Monte de Oro Winery
  • Band Director
  • Pelican Bay Resort
  • Mission Viejo "Arts Alive" Festival
  • Lake Arrowhead Village Summer Music Festival
  • The historic California Theater
  • The University of Redlands Stadium Dance Festival
  • The University of Redlands Annual Swing Dance
  • The City of Riverside Festival of Lights
  • The City of Riverside 4th of July Concert in the Park
  • The Citrus Heritage Park
  • Riverside Hanger Swing Dance
  • The Dos Lagos Promenade Mall
  • The Riverside Plaza
  • The Victoria Gardens Mall
  • The Promenade Mall in Temecula


You guys are so awesome to work with!

K.H. October 2012

Spenser & Orchestra, Thank you for the awesome music and the professional manner that you performed. You were the 'hit' of the evening!

L.M. September 2007

Thank you for making my mom's party fabulous! The orchestra was wonderful. I had lots of comments from people, asking me where I got the band! One person said that, as she was coming in from the parking lot, she thought we had a DJ playing CD' sounded that good! I was so impressed with the orchestra. My mom danced up a storm and smiled the whole time. Thanks for all your help. You guys were the greatest!

B. A. October 2007

Thank YOU all for playing last night! It was really really really wonderful. There's nothing quite like dancing to a live band and I have received rave reviews from people already who cannot wait until the next event!

Let's Get In Touch!

Ready to start your next project with us? That's great! Give us a call or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

(951) 254-BAND (2263)