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Calling all Jazz Musicians! 

We’re the university’s Big Band. Winner of Student Group of the Year 2018/19

Do you sing or play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, bass, piano or percussion?

If so, come to one of our rehearsals on Monday evenings in the Charles Wilson building and see if our energetic sound is for you.

We meet every week to rehearse a huge variety of Big Band classics from Stevie Wonder to Frank Sinatra and Gordon Goodwin to Sammy Nestico.

We have gigs all year round, featuring various academic balls, local music venues, and we’re the regular band for the prestigious Union Sports Awards.

We encourage everyone to try out both written and improvised solos and really get involved in the bands spirit and volume!

If you'd like to get in touch, you're welcome to contact us through any of our social media pages, linked at the top, or through our email, You can also sign up to our mailing list to watch out for any updates.


COVID-19 Information

An obvious question about Big Band this year is how we are keeping COVID-19 secure.

2019-2020 was a testing time for all of us and Big Band like so many student socieities had to make some changes such as intially having online rehearals and spending much more time socialising than we were playing (not always a bad thing). 

However 2021-22 is looking much brighter and we have already began trialing face-to-face rehearsals which have been a complete success thanks to the hard work of our former president David Guthrie and the rest of committee many of whom are continuing to run big band this year. 

So the plan is to follow public guidance regarding social distancing and mask wearing (when not playing instruments of course) during rehearsals and not to exceed room capacity, keeping windows open for ventilation and generally being sensible. Other than that it's buisness as usual and we're hoping the next academic year will bring us some gig and performance opportunities as the world relaxes and we can show off our superb playing at venues in leicester and beyond!

We may continue to have some online acitvity so it might be helpfult to download Discord here: (It is also downloadable on phones and can be opened in a browser.)

If you have questions, don't hestiate to ask!

Happy playing!




Membership:  £6 (Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19, there may be ongoing changes to how, when and where we rehearse).

Rehearsal Time:  Mondays, 7pm-9pm (?subject to change - sign up to our mailing list to keep updated)

Rehearsal Location:  Charles Wilson, 10th Floor (?subject to change - sign up to our mailing list to keep updated)



President: Tom York

Secretary: Harry Morris

Treasurer: David Warren

Wellbeing and Inclusion Officer: Katharine Fairweather

Publicity Officer: Katharine Fairweather


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