A jive and swing band from Warwickshire has been showing the world that rhythm really is their business.
The Doctor Teeth Big Band has recently returned from a tour of Chicago after receiving assistance from the Passport to Export scheme delivered by Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.
The Stratford-upon-Avon based group was formed in 1999 and features former nightclub bouncer and punk singer Stephen 'The Doctor' Steinhaus, who hails from the Windy City.
Mr Steinhaus met the band's leader Simon Kemp at the Royal Shakespeare Company while in England studying for a masters degree in Shakespeare in 1996.
By the time Mr Steinhaus returned to the UK in 2000 Mr Kemp had built an eight-piece band with a brass section and was looking for the group to take the next step.
The former was persuaded to join.
The band spent two weeks in Chicago this year where they organised a packed programme and recorded a live DVD.
Mr Steinhaus, whose day job is Arts College director for Alcester Grammar School, said: "The launch event we put together was a great opportunity to bring what we do to life in front of as many important people as possible including potential agents, sponsors, bookers and distributors.
"As a result we now have a US booking agent and a chance to get asked to play gigs in hotels, parties and events over there in the near future."
Parminder Hayer, from the Chamber, assisted the band throughout their involvement with the UK Trade & Investment scheme - designed to assist new and experienced exporters with training, planning and support to help them succeed overseas.