The Twilites
with a Swing

Big Band Dancing for All Occasions

The Twilites are a ten-piece dance band, based in Guelph, Ontario, and have been together since 1987. Over the past 22 years, they have developed a large, enthusiastic following of people of all ages who love to dance. In addition to playing fox-trots in the tradition of the great dance bands including Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye, Glenn Miller, and Artie Shaw, they also perform swing, latin-american, polkas, waltzes, medleys, specialty numbers, music from the 30s to the 80s.

They have been featured many times at The Royal Canadian Big Band Festival, in London, Ontario, and for eight years at the Royal Bank Seniors' Jubilee at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto. Other performances have included The Applause Ball at the Shaw Festival, The Viennese Ball for the K-W Symphony, the opening of the Drayton Festival, and The Maturity Show (London, Hamilton, Kitchener, and Toronto). They have also played dinner dances at the Walper Terrace Hotel and at Bingemans Lodge in Kitchener, Big Band Cruises for Great Canadian Coaches including a show in Hamilton with The Mantini Sisters, Charity Functions, Wedding Anniversaries.

The group was formed by the late Bob Jeans, the former manager of the University Club, University of Waterloo. Today, The Twilites consists almost entirely of retirees, all originally from various professions, including a few professional musicians too.

How they were formed: Bob Jeans and several others, all being former full- or part-time musicians, used to meet Friday mornings for coffee in Guelph and reminisce about the "good old days" of the Big Band Era, and the long-lived success of bands like Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians. So they decided to form a band in that same tradition to perform to dancers and Big Band fans in the Central Ontario area.

All the reed players double on clarinet, and sometimes even triple on flute. The band also carries a variety of percussion equipment to add authenticity to their latin-american selections.

Everywhere they go, The Twilites are sure to make dancing and reminiscing an all-round pleasurable experience of lasing musical enjoyment.


The Twilites with a Swing: watch for their new CD and other CDs coming!


A collection of their distinct sounds can be heard on Compact Disc and Cassette.

Their debut recording is entitled: "Music for Dancing and Reminiscing"

CDs are $20 and cassettes are $15 each, taxes and shipping included. Make cheques and money orders payable to "The Twilites".

For CDs, cassettes, a list of upcoming dances and concerts, and booking information, contact:

The Twilites ... with a Swing
c/o John Hamilton
RR #22 (4228)
Cambridge-Hespeler, Ontario
Phone: 519-822-9924

2010 Performance Schedule

Danceland at Lakeside
Lakeside, Ontario
Valentine's Dance
February 13, 2010, 8pm-12midnight
Call for Tickets: 519-349-2820

Danceland at Lakeside
Lakeside, Ontario
St. Patrick's Day Dance
March 13, 2010, 8pm-12midnight
Call for Tickets: 519-349-2820

Harriston Dance
April 10, 2010, 9pm-12midnight
Call for Tickets: 519-338-3519

Central Park, Preston (Cambridge)
Concert in the Park
May 30, 2010, 7-8:30pm

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Last updated on February 15, 2013.