John Petters led his first band while at college and then joined Ken Sim's Dixie Kings in 1979.

He formed John Petters' Swing Band with Julian Stringle and in 1985 he started the Square Dance Jazz Club in Harlow featuring players including Slim Gaillard, Al Casey, Wild Bill Davison,  Art Hodes, Yank Lawson and Kenny Davern.

Line-up: Allen Beechey (trumpet); Mike Pointon (trombone); Julian Stringle (reeds); Tim Huskisson (piano); John Petters (drums); Keith Donald (bass)