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Judy Harrington / Drums, vocal Marianne Egerstrand / Drums, vocal Angela Babler / Sax June Dalton / Clarinet Marilyn Fisher / Vocal, percussion Nikki Sund / Congas, drums Becky Baumeister / Trumpet

We are Ladies Must Swing… and swing we do!
Welcome to our brand new 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 2013!

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

Vote HERE at Madison Magazine for LMS in their 2014 Best of Madison competition!

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 15 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!). 2012 has been the busiest year ever with programs all over the State of Wisconsin (a swing state!) We look forward to many more gigs in 2013!

So there you have it, a true love story – Ladies Must Swing – together for over 15 years!

Current Band Members

Angela Babler
Angela Babler

Alto & tenor sax, vocal, whistle

Becky Baumeister
Becky Baumeister


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
Judy Harrington

Trumpet, flugel horn

Amy Kerwin
Amy Kerwin


Cory Kurzynski
Cory Kurzynski


Becky Lipsitz
Becky Lipsitz


Laurie Riss
Laurie Riss

String bass

Renee Reindl
Renee Reindl

Tenor sax

Karen Severson
Karen Syverson


Jane Shorey
Jane Shorey

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.

Q: How old is Judy Harrington, the woman who plays the pocket cornet on “Sugar Blues”?

A: Judy is now twenty. Buy her a sparkling water and some cotton candy.

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Friday, March 28, 2014, 7p – tribute concert for Professor Vowles
Capitol Lakes Madison, WI

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 2p
Concert at Hamilton House
Two Rivers, WI

Thursday, April 24, 2014
“Senior” Prom (private function)
Madison, WI

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Vet’s Roll Fundraiser, Beloit Eclipse Center, LMS at 6:30p, all-day event Beloit, WI

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8p
Dane County Regional Airport – Madison, WI
Join us in welcoming back the veterans with the Badger Honor Flight!

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8p
Dane County Regional Airport – Madison, WI
Join us in welcoming back the veterans with the Badger Honor Flight!

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 2:30p-3:30p, Make Music Madison
Plymouth Congregational Church, 2401 Atwood Ave,Madison

Monday, June 23, 2014, 6p
Warner Park Concert Series, Madison, WI
free and open to the public!

Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:30p
Music Festival in Galena, IL

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:30p-8:30p
Reedsburg, WI – City Park Bandshell

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 7p-10:30p
Wisconsin Aviation’s 13th Annual Hangar Dance!
Location: Wisconsin Aviation, 3606 Corben Court, Madison, WI (off of Hwy 51 and Amelia Earhart Dr)Cost: $20 at door; two for $35 Facebook Link

Friday, August 8, 2014, 6:30p
Concert in the Park
Cambridge, WI

Sunday, August 10, 2014 (2:30p)
Spirit of ’45 Concert, Gilberts, IL
More Information: “I would like to invite everyone to this Sunday’s “Spirit of 45″ Tribute in Gilberts. We will be honoring the “Greatest Generation” our WW II & Korean Veterans. Please make sure that any of these aging warriors get to this event. It will be a great day as we Honor our Brave soldiers. We will have a Free Barbeque for our veterans and guest plus live entertainment. The Legacy Girls ( Andrews Sister’s revue) and The Ladies must Swing Orchestra. Preforming 40′s music for your Dancing pleasure. The True Patriots Care will also have on display 324 American Flags Each represents an Illinois soldier killed since 9-11-01 Please join us Sunday in Town Center Park Gilberts and let’s show our Warriors how much we care. See you Sunday @ 12 noon. Please Share this will everyone you know. Thank you & God Bless America” – Jerry Christopherson President, True Patriots Care

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 7p
Concert and dancing at the Pheonix Bandshell
Delavan, WI

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7p-11p
Hangar Dance! – Juneau, WI
Badger Honor Flight Fundraiser!
Located at Wisconsin Aviation Dodge County Airport, N6491 Hwy. 26, just north of the City of Juneau

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8p
Dane County Regional Airport – Madison, WI
Join us in welcoming back the veterans with the Badger Honor Flight!

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7p-8p
Neighborhood Pub Crawl
E Wilson St – across from Cardinal Bar, Madison, WI

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8p-11p
Hangar Dance in EAA Museum!
3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh, WI

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8p
Dane County Regional Airport – Madison, WI
Join us in welcoming back the veterans with the Badger Honor Flight!

Sunday, December 7th, 2014, 1p
Stoughton Opera House – 381 E. Main St. Stoughton, WI
Premiere of The Girls In The Band and concert by Ladies Must Swing. Purchase tickets here ($15 ea)

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Karen Syverson / Guitar Cory Kurzynski / 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 Becky Lipsitz / Trumpet Jane Shorey / Baritone sax Laurie Riss / String bass Jen Dreyfus / Trombone