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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.

Unfortunately, the likelihood of public performances while COVID-19 is still present is low. 

We are planning on conducting online rehearsals, through the platform Discord. This is for several reasons: 

  1. Lag issues are one of the main difficulties for this kind of online rehearsal, but Discord is by far one of the most efficient platforms for this and the limited testing we have done has been pretty promising.
  2. Volume issues are also a problem with online rehearsals, as getting everything sounding right for everyone can be very hard as it is often very dependent on the computer of the people involved. However, Discord allows a user to right click on another user in a voice chat and change volume, allowing each person to get levels right for their computer.
  3. Discord allows for a very high level of organisation, with one server for Big Band, and several text chats for different subjects. We will also be trying to make use of seperate voice chat to rehearse sections seperately and simulatenously, as having everyone in one voice chat would be extremely difficult. Each individual rehearsal will be led by a committee member.

We will also have social events through Discord as well.

You can download Discord here: (It is also downloadable on phones and can be opened in a browser.)
If you have questions, don't hesistate to ask!



Membership:  £6 (Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19, will be rehearsing in sections and conducting socials online in the near future, and we will not back to gigs immediately)

Rehearsal Time:  Mondays, 7pm-9pm

Rehearsal Location:  Charles Wilson, 10th Floor

President: David Guthrie

Vice President: OJ Smith

Secretary: Harry Morris

Treasurer: James Carling

Wellbeing and Inclusion Officer: OJ Smith

Social Secretary: David Warren

Publicity Officer: Katharine Fairweather

Librarian: Tom York

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