The Milestones

There are milestones in the history of popular music that are characterised by greatness.

The music of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, Diana Ross, The Supremes and The Jacksons to name but a few have provided people all over the world and of all ages with countless good times.

The classic artistes of years gone by only give us half the story. The milestones of the modern music era are also peppered with moments of greatness. The music of Beyonce, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Prince, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake and Lauryn Hill have also provided those who listen to them with good times beyond compare.

As the name suggests The Milestones bring together the music of these great pioneers in one authentic extraordinary sounding band.

The band performs extensively at weddings, private parties, corporate events, product launches, celebrity parties and award ceremonies.

Line Ups

  • 6 piece – Featuring male vocal and 2 piece horn section
  • 7 piece – Featuring male vocal, female vocal and 2 piece horn section
  • 9 piece – Featuring male vocal, female vocal, 3 piece horn section and percussion

Larger line ups are available so please call us for further information.

About Us

A biography of The Milestones tends to read like a roll call of some of the greatest names in the modern era of music…

Band leaders Max Grunhard and Scott Baylis have over the years firmly established themselves as two of the most in demand horn players in the UK. Max’s journey started when he made his way to London from Australia and met Scott who by the age of 22 had already been playing live for 10 years, a prodigious young Berklee trained musician. Together the guys have performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock,Roy Ayers,Quantic Soul Orchestra and most recently performed with Prince at his ground breaking run of O2 Arena shows.

The band’s vocals are catered for by two exceptional talents. Verna Francis and Gavin Lodge have experiences totalling 30 years plus between them. Gavin is regarded as one of the foremost soul voices on the London scene. Complimenting him Verna comes from a background in stage, song and dance. Most recently she appeared for 2 straight years in the West End production of ‘Fame’ and ‘Songbook of Motown’. With Neneh Cherry and Ronnie Laws on her list of recording credits, her quality is indisputable.

As we move into the rhythm section the band again excels in quality. From Julian Burdock on guitar to John McKenzie on bass to Jose Joyette on drums their experience is exemplary. Julian has live credits with The Stylistics, Beverly Knight, Rose Royce and Jocelyn Brown. John has earned his tag as a legend amongst musicians by recording and performing with the likes of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Tina Turner and Terence Trent D’arby to name just a few. Although one of the band’s youngest members, Jose on drums is already a veteran of the London scene. As Craig David goes from strength to strength you’ll see Jose banging the drums.

Repertoire

Motown

  • (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave – Martha & The Vandellas
  • ABC – Jackson 5
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Temptations
  • Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – Four Tops
  • Baby Love – Supremes
  • Cloud Nine – Temptations
  • Dancing in the Street – Martha & The Vandellas
  • Do You Love Me? – Contours
  • I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – Four Tops
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  • I Want You Back – Jackson 5
  • It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
  • It’s the Same Old Song – Four Tops
  • Leavin’ Here – Eddie Holland
  • My Girl – Temptations
  • My Guy – Mary Wells
  • Nowhere To Run – Martha & The Vandellas
  • Ooo Baby Baby – Miracles
  • Please Mr. Postman – Marvelettes
  • Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops
  • Shop Around – Miracles
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
  • Stop! In the Name of Love – Supremes
  • The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • The Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Stevie Wonder
  • You Can’t Hurry Love – Supremes
  • You Keep Me Hangin’ On – Supremes
  • You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me – Miracles

Disco

  • Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead
  • Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love – Barry White
  • Car Wash – Rose Royce
  • Disco Inferno – The Trammps
  • Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston
  • Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
  • Good Times – Chic
  • Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel – Tavares 
  • I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
  • Ring My Bell – Anita Ward
  • Shake Your Body Down To The Ground – The Jacksons
  • Upside Down (Inside Out) – Diana Ross
  • You Make Me Feel, Mighty Real – Sylvester
  • Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton
  •  Le Freak – Chic
  •  Jingo – Candido
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

Funk

  • Brick House – Commodores
  • Cold Sweat – James Brown
  • Dance To The Music – Sly and the Family Stone
  • Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
  • I Can’t Get Next To You – Temptations
  • Let’s Go Round Again – Average White Band
  • Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong
  • Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – Temptations
  • Sex Machine – James Brown
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  • I Got the Feeling – James Brown
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
  • Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang

Soul

  • Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – Solomon Burke
  • All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie
  • Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
  • Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
  • Hello – Lionel Richie
  • I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
  • Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye 
  • In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
  • Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) – Marvin Gaye
  • Living for the Love of You – Isley Brothers
  • Love Hangover – Diana Ross
  • Love Train – The O’Jays
  • Love TKO – Teddy Pendergrass
  • Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight
  • Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
  • Respect – Aretha Franklin
  • Soul Man – Sam & Dave
  • What’d I Say – Ray Charles
  • What’s Goin’ On? – Marvin Gaye
  • Where Did Our Love Go? – Supremes
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  • I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  • Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – Temptations
  • Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd

Contemporary Soul & RnB

  • American Boy – Estelle
  • Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
  • Crazy in Love – Beyonce
  • Deja vu – Beyonace
  • Digging on You – TLC
  • Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
  • I’m Every Woman – Whitney Houston
  • If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
  • Independent Woman – Destiny’s Child
  • Mercy – Duffy
  • Rehab – Amy Winehouse
  • Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake
  • Umbrella – Rihanna
  • Unbreak My Heart – Toni Braxton
  • Valerie – Amy Winehouse/Mark Ronson
  • Work It Out – Beyonce
  • You Don’t Know My Name – Alicia Key
  • You Gotta Be – Des’ree
  • You’re Making Me High – Toni Braxton

Jewish Hora

  • Siman Tov
  • Choson Kale Mazel Tov
  • Hava Nagila
  • Freylech
  • Ufaratsta
  • David Melech Yisrael
  • Sholom Aleichem
  • Bashana Haba
  • Hatikva (for toasts)
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