Big Band performing at Colston Hall

Big Band

The Big Band is an energetic and polished ensemble, led by experienced Jazz musicians Keith Morgan and Nick Attwood with support from Ben Waghorn.

We always want to hear from new players so if you are not sure you have enough musical experience then please get in touch.

We perform at a variety of different venues throughout the South West, in the city and on campus including slots at the Cary Grant Festival and the Colston Hall.

Open to the community

The Centre for Music also opens its doors to staff, alumni and community members. Local instrumentalists are able to audition for the Big Band (limited spaces).

Next generation 16+

The Centre for Music is looking for the next generation of musical talent to join the Big Band. We offer support to young musicians looking to further their studies, engage with high-quality music making, and enjoy the experience of a university environment. The ensembles are run by professional musicians; the opportunity to work with industry professionals is fantastic. Ben Abbott (Winterbourne Academy) performs with the UWE Big Band and said: "I have been playing drums for about six years, and have always liked playing jazz. When I was asked to play for the UWE band, I was tentative at first, but the band were very welcoming and supportive. My confidence as a drummer and a person grew and grew through my time playing with the band. The whole experience has given me a real boost."

How to join

To join any of our Centre for Music groups, book rehearsal space, or sign up for music lessons you will firstly need to become a member. Membership is free for students. Once you are a member you can sign up for any of our groups and activities.

Already a member? Email to join Big Band.

Find out more about alumni and community membership.

Big Band rehearsals

Day Time Location
Mondays 19:00 - 21:00 Rehearsal Room 3, Centre for Music, Frenchay Campus
All teaching, groups and ensembles began in the week commencing 23 September 2019. For more information contact the Centre for Music.

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