Phoenix Big Band introduces young people to the excitement of playing jazz music. The repertoire is enormous, covering virtually the whole period of big band music from jazz to swing to film and TV theme music.
The band balances ensemble and solo playing offering exciting opportunities for soloists to showcase their skills, an essential part of a big band’s performance. In fact, all players are encouraged to have a go at improvising and some rehearsals focus almost entirely on developing that skill.
Phoenix Big Band regularly performs at festivals, concerts and local events and has been invited several times to perform at Bluewater.
There is no upper or lower age limit but ideally players will have passed a Grade 3 exam before they join. Many Phoenix Big Band members are accomplished players working towards or having achieved Grade 8 standard.
Conductor: Jezz Laing