Society Information

President: Louis Claydon
Rehearsal: Monday evening, Music Department Lecture Room
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Durham University Big Band is a fully-auditioned, student-run, nineteen-piece big band comprising the best jazz musicians in the university. We take pride in continuously reinventing what’s musically possible in the big band idiom. With a large repertoire ranging from traditional big band swing to hip hop, latin and funk, we are incredibly versatile in the types of venues and settings we are able to perform in. Our ambitious musical attitude has lead us to perform at multiple university and college events as well as internationally renowned jazz clubs including The Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club in Manchester, and many others across the country. We have won awards at The Great North Big Band Competition every year for the last six years and are proud to have worked with well known jazz professionals/educators including Pete Churchill, Ben Cotrell and Stan Sulzmann.