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Marianne Egerstrand / Drums, vocal Angela Babler / Sax June Dalton / Clarinet Marilyn Fisher / Vocal, percussion Nikki Sund / Congas, drums Dawn Bankers / Trumpet

We are Ladies Must Swing… and swing we do!
Welcome to our website! Have a look around, and sign up for our email list at the right, to find out all the latest happenings with the Ladies in 2016!

We play big band swing music and much, much more! Our story is about inspiration and encouragement given by lovers of good music and finding out what entertains and makes them happy. LMS is based in Madison, WI (although many of our 19 energetic dames live in surrounding communities).

Over 17 years ago, LMS became Ladies Must Swing which came from Linda Marty Schmitz, President of the Madison Jazz Society! Thank you to Madison Jazz Society for giving us our very first performance opportunity!The presence of women playing jazz has gotten a lot of attention over the last decade and we are grateful for that. We intend to keep the musical momentum going and invite you to come see us, hear us, dance to us, celebrate with us, and re-live history!

We currently feature five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, drums, congas, guitar and vocalist and play for dances, concerts, parties, outdoor events, and celebrations (any gig is a celebration!). 2015 was a terrific year – we look forward to many more fun gigs in 2016!

So there you have it, a true love story – Ladies Must Swing – together for over 17 years!

We are honored to be 2013 MAMA WINNERS of the Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Artist! Thanks for your support!

Current Band Members

Angela Babler
Angela Babler

Alto & tenor sax, vocal, whistle

Becky Baumeister
Lindsay Gardenier


Nancy Boyle
Nancy Boyle

Trumpet, vocal, flugel horn

Deb Dahlman
Deb Dahlman

Alto sax

June Dalton
June Dalton

Alto & tenor sax, clarinet

Jen Dreyfus
Jen Dreyfus


Margie Duwe
Margie Duwe

Bass trombone

Marianne Egerstrand
Marianne Egerstrand

Drums, vocal

Marilyn Fisher
Marilyn Fisher

Vocal, percussion

Rebeka Pare
Rebekah Pare


Judy Harrington
Kay Schultz

Trumpet, flugel horn

Amy Kerwin
Amy Kerwin


Cory Kurzynski
Cory Kurzynski


Becky Lipsitz
Dawn Bankers

Laurie Riss
Laurie Riss

String bass

Renee Reindl
Renee Reindl

Tenor sax

Karen Severson
Karen Syverson


Jane Shorey
Kristin Sobol

Baritone sax

Nicky Sund
Nicky Sund

Congas, drums


Q: How do we hire you to play for us?
A: We love to play all kinds of gigs, indoor, outdoor, formal, casual, private, public, etc.
Please Click here to email us with event specifics, and we will return your message promptly!

Q: Does the band have any recordings?
A: We have 2 official recordings: Our latest full length CD, released in 2012 is called,“Just for a Thrill” ($20.00 USD at LMS shows; $22.00 USD by mail), and our first full length CD, released in 2003 is titled, “And Swing We Must” ($15.00 USD at LMS shows; $17.00 USD by mail). Both are now good for the gettin’, and come with great original artwork, so order now before their gone!

To order our music by mail:
Send a check or money order for total amount (based on prices above) to:
June Dalton, 6307 Winnequah Road, Monona, WI 53716-3853
Click here to email us with questions.

Q: Are any of you full time musicians?

A: Well, no and yes. If you mean do any of us make our whole living traveling around the country in a tour bus and playing gigs, then the answer is no. However, a number of our members divide their time between performing in LMS and other bands and doing music-related work like giving voice or instrument lessons.

Q: Why does the band discriminate against men? Don’t you like them?

A: Heck, some of us have even married them!  And seriously, we will often have male guests sit in. But, the point of this band is to get together with other women and have a great time doing something we love. It’s interesting, there is definitely a different vibe being in an all-woman band. There’s more acceptance, support, camaraderie and laughter than some of us have experienced in mixed or predominantly male bands.  We also have a sense of reprising the great tradition of “Girl Bands” from the 30′s and 40′s (see “Some Like It Hot”). So, we sure don’t dislike men, but we definitely love working together to create something different, unique, and woman centered.

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2016 Gigs

Friday, January 29th 7p
Oakwood University Woods, 6205 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI

Saturday, February 13th 7p-10p
Sweetheart Dance – hosted by ARTS COUNCIL OF EDGERTON -TICKETED ADMISSION – Info At Www.Artscounciledgerton.Com – Masonic Lodge 312 Fulton St Edgerton, WI

Saturday, March 12 7p-10p
DANCE FUNDRAISER FOR ECHO (Everyone Cooperating To Help Others) – MOOSE LODGE OF JANESVILLE – 2701 ROCKPORT RD, Janesville, WI – Ticketed Admission – Info At (608)754-5333 and http://echojanesville.org/pec-events/swingspring/

Saturday, April 16 7:15p-10p
Nakoma Country Club – 4145 Country Club Rd, Madison, WI 53711- Fundraiser for Preschool Of the Arts

Saturday, April 23 7p-9:30p

Friday, April 29 7p-9:30p
Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave Madison Fundraiser for Girls Rock camp Time TBA

Saturday, April 30 8p-10p

Saturday, May 21 7p-10p

Sunday, May 29 1:30p-2:30p
Brat Fest – Madison, WI, Willow Island Alliant Energy Center

Wednesday, June 8 6:30p-8:30p
City Park Band Shell in Reedsburg, WI

Sunday, June 12 4p-7p
Swing the Monkey Benefit and Dance Contest for Primates Incorporated at High Noon Saloon (fb page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1110341212320452/) (Cost – $10 per person, pay at door, dance lessons courtesy of Social Life Dance Center begin at 4p! LMS starts at 4:30p!)

Friday, June 17 6p-7:30p
Isthmus Jazz Festival, Union Terrace, Madison, WI

Saturday, June 18 7p-10p
SHOREWOOD HILLS GARDEN CLUB 80th Anniversary Celebration – TENT At Heiden Park, 7p-10p, Madison, WI

Monday, June 27 6p-7:30p
Concert in the Park at Warner Park Shelter, Madison, WI

Thursday, June 30, 12p-1p; 6p-8p
Bayshore Mall in the Courtyard, Glendale, WI

Wednesday, July 6, 6:30p-7:30p
Saint Mary’s Care Center, 3401 Maple Grove Dr, Madison, WI

Friday, July 8 ~7p
Turner Hall, 115 S. Bench St, Galena, IL

Saturday, July 23 7p-10:30p
WISCONSIN AVIATION HANGAR DANCE – 15TH ANNUAL EVENT – $20 ea or two for $35 (pay at door) Wisconsin Aviation – 3606 Corben Court, Madison, WI (off of Hwy 51 and Amelia Earhart Dr.)

Wednesday, July 27 6:15p-8p More info here
EAA OSHKOSH, WI – Boeing Plaza,3000 Poberezny Rd Oshkosh, WI

Wednesday, August 10, “Jazz at 5″, LMS performs app.6:30p
Top of State Street and Capitol, Free, Madison, WI

Wednesday, August 17, 7:30p outdoor concert
Rhodee Memorial Bandshell, Oconomowoc, WI

Saturday, September 24, 8p-11p
EAA OSHKOSH, WI – HANGAR DANCE IN THE MUSEUM HANGAR (ticketed admission – fundraiser for the EAA Museum, more info: EAA.org or 1-800-564-6322)- 3000 Poberezny Rd Oshkosh, WI

Saturday, October 15, 8p-10p
Racine, WI Wedding Reception (private event)

Thursday, October 20, 6:30p-7:45p
Mount Horeb Public Library USO Show, 6:30p-7:45p

Saturday, October 22, 8p-10p

Friday, November 11, 7:30p-10:30p
Lake Lawn Lodge, USO Style Veterans Tribute (ticketed event, book now at: http://www.lakelawnresort.com/packages/big-band-tribute-to-our-veterans/), Delavan, WI

Wednesday, November 30, Tunes at Monona Terrace 5:30p-7:00p
Monona Terrace, Exhibit Hall Madison, WI

Saturday, December 10, 8:00p-11:00p (Dance lessons at 7p, ticketed event)
WI Veteran’s Museum USO Style Show – University Club Madison, WI

2015 Gigs

Saturday, February 14 7p
Oakwood University Woods Madison, WI

Sunday, March 12, 7p-10p
Olbrich Gardens Botanical Boogie Concert 3330 Atwood Ave Madison

Saturday April 18, 1p-4p Vet’s Roll Hangar Dance
Pontiac Convention Center, 2809 N. Pontiac Dr. Janesville, WI

Saturday, April 25, 8p Badger Honor Flight Welcomes the Veterans Home
Dane County Airport 4000 International Lane, Madison, WI

Saturday, May 16, 8p Badger Honor Flight Welcomes the Veterans Home
Dane County Airport 4000 International Lane, Madison, WI

Saturday, May 30, Swing Dancing for Simians’Fun’raiser for Primates Inc 6p-9p
$15 in advance, $20 at door pay online
Rennebohm Park Shelter, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave. (Behind Hilldale Mall), Madison, WI 53705

Wednesday, June 10, 6:30p-8:30p Concert in City Park
Reedsburg, WI

Tuesday, June 16, 6:30p-8:30p Meyer Park On Hwy 12
Sauk City, WI

Sunday, June 21, 12p-1p, Make Music Madison
Plymouth Church, 2401 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI

Monday, June 22, 6pm-7:30p
Warner Park 1625 Northport Drive Madison, WI

Saturday, June 27 7-9pm
Olin Park Shelter In Madison To Celebrate The Wedding Of Nicky Sund And Amy Bua (private function)

Wednesday, July 15, Concert in Swan Park, 7p-8:30p
Beaver Dam, WI

Saturday, July 18th, 6p-10:30p Wisconsin Aviation’s 14th Annual Hangar Dance! (music starts at 7p, dance lessons at 6p courtesy of Social Life Dance Center)
Wisconsin Aviation, 3606 Corben Court, Madison, WI (off of Hwy 51 and Amelia Earhart Dr) Cost: $20 at door; two for $35

Saturday, July 25, 7p-9p 5th Army Band Reunion
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel 3841 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI

Saturday, August 8 7p-10p Dodge County Airport Hangar Dance
N6491 State Road 26, Juneau, WI

Wednesday, August 12, 7p Rhodee Memorial Bandshell
(located on the shore of Lac La Belle at City Beach) Oconomowoc, WI

Saturday, August 22, 7p Nakoma Community Festival
Madison, WI

Friday, August 28 – Phoenix Band Shell (7p)
407 North Seventh St Delavan, WI

Saturday, September 5 – Birthday Party (private event)
Oconomowoc, WI

Saturday, September 12, 8p Badger Honor Flight Welcomes the Veterans Home
Dane County Airport 4000 International Lane, Madison, WI

Saturday, September 26, 8p-11p Hangar Dance EAA Museum Hanger
3000 Poberezny Rd Oshkosh, WI

Saturday, October 10, 8p Badger Honor Flight Welcomes the Veterans Home
Dane County Airport 4000 International Lane, Madison, WI

Friday, October 16, 7p
Oakwood West Auditorium, Madison, WI

Saturday, November 14, Dance and Dinner – a Salute to Veterans (more details TBA)
Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan, WI

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Karen Syverson / Guitar Cory Hamilton / Trombone Renee Reindl / Tenor sax Rebekah Pare / Piano Amy Kerwin / Trombone Nancy Boyle / Trumpet, vocal, flugel horn

And Swing We Must (2003)
Swing We Must cover art

Song Tracks & Credits:

1. Blue Skies
Music: Irving Berlin / Arr: Paul Jennings

2. Tuxedo Junction
Music: Erskine Hawkins / Words: Buddy Feyne / Arr: Jerry Nowak

3. Caravan
Music: Duke Ellington & Juan Tizol / Arr: Art Dedrick

4. My Romance
Music: Rodgers & Hart / Arr: Mark Taylor

5. Hoop Dee Doo
Music: Milton Delugg / Arr: Jack Mason

6. Sugar Blues
Music: Clarence Williams / Arr: Luther Henderson / Adapted by Christopher Dedrick

7. Route 66
Music: Bobby Troup / Arr: Bob Lowden

8. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White
Music: Loui Guy / Arr: Johnny Warrington

9. Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music: Harry Warren & Mack Gordon / Arr: Mike Carubia

10. Seems Like Old Times
Music: Carmen Lombardo & John Jacob Loeb / Arr: Marke Winstein

11. Zoot Suit Riot
Music: Steve Perry / Arr: Paul Murtha

12. Lover Man
Music: Jimmy Davis, Roger Ramirez, Jimmy Sherman / Arr: Jerry Nowak

13. Tangerine
Music: Victor Schertzinger / Arr: Peter Blair

14. Skylark
Music: Hoagy Carmichael / Arr: Jerry Nowak

15. Minnie the Moocher
Music: Cab Calloway & Irving Mills / Arr: Ralph Ford

Just for a Thrill (2012)
Just for a Thrill CD

Song Tracks & Credits:

1. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Arranged by Al Capps; Music & words by Don Raye & Hughie Prince; Solos by Marilyn Fisher – vocal, the trumpet gals

2. Big Noise from Winnetka
Arranged by Johnny Warrington; Music by Bob Haggart, Ray Bauduc, Gil Rodin, Bob Crosby; Solos by Jen Klish – bass, Angela Babler & band – whistle

3. Just for a Thrill
Arranged by Glen Osser; Music & words by Lil Armstrong, Don Raye; Solo by Marilyn Fisher – vocal

4. Senorita Fajita
Composed and arranged by Larry Neeck; Solos by Judy Harrington – trumpet, Jen Dreyfus – trombone, Deb Dahlman – alto sax

5. Cute
Composed and arranged by Neal Hefti; Solos by Marianne Egerstrand – drum set, Nicky Sund – congas

6. When You’re Good to Mama
Arranged by Judy Harrington; Music & words by Fred Ebb, john Kander; Solos by Angela Babler – vocal, Amy Kerwin – trombone, Deb Dahlman – alto sax, June Dalton – clarinet

7. Kiss of Fire
arranged by JOHNNY Warrington; Music & lyrics by Lester Allen, Robert HilL; Solo by Marilyn Fisher – vocal

8. Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me
Arranged by Jack Mason; Music & lyrics by Lew Brown, Charlie Tobias, Sam H. Stept; Solos by Vocal Trio – Nancy Boyle, Marianne Egerstrand, & Marilyn Fisher; Instrumental Trio – Nancy Boyle – trumpet, Cory Kurzynski – trombone, June Dalton – clarinet

9. Harlem Nocturne
Arranged & composed by Earle Hagen; Solo by June Dalton – alto sax

10. Green Onions
Arranged by Roy Phillippe; Music by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewis Steinberg, Al Jackson, Jr.; Solos by Angela Babler – tenor sax, Cory Kurzynski – trombone

11. What’s Your Story Morning Glory?
Composed by Mary Lou Williams; Transcribed by Mark Lopeman; Solos by Marilyn Fisher – vocal, Angela Babler – tenor sax, June Dalton – clarinet

12. Liechtensteiner Polka
Arranged by Johnny Warrington; Music & lyrics by ED Kotscher, R. Lindt

13. Tennessee Waltz
Arranged by Johnny Warrington; Music & lyrics by Redd Stewart & Pee Wee King

14. L-O-V-E
Arranged by Dean Smith; Music & lyrics by Milt Gabler & Bert Kaempfert; Solos by Stefanie Ehle – trumpet, Marilyn Fisher – vocal

15. Jump, Jive An’ Wail
Arranged by Roger Holmes; Music & lyrics by Louis Prima; Solos by Judy Harrington – trumpet, Angela Babler – tenor sax
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Deb Dahlman / Alto sax Margie Duwe / Bass trombone Kay Schultz / Trumpet Kristin Sobol / Baritone sax Laurie Riss / String bass Jen Dreyfus / Trombone