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Trinity Laban is looking for the next generation of big band players!

Are you aged 11-17? Do you play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, piano, bass/double bass or drums? Want to join London’s newest big band, and play alongside jazz students from Trinity Laban in weekly rehearsal sessions?

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“You got to dig it to dig it, you dig?”

– Thelonious Monk

There’s a brand-new ensemble arriving for young people in school years 6-12.  The Trinity Laban Next Wave Big Band is an exciting new jazz project for young musicians, that will tackle some of the most popular big band repertoire of the twentieth century.  You’ll be performing some great pieces by some of the icons of the big band movement – we’re talking Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams and Fletcher Henderson!

Rehearsing weekly at Trinity Laban’s iconic music faculty in Greenwich, you will learn the music together predominantly ‘by ear’, alongside reading charts.  We’re after musicians ready to take on the #PlayItByEar challenge.

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You will be guided by some of London’s most exciting and upcoming musicians from Trinity Laban’s jazz programme.  There will be opportunities across the year to connect up with other jazz activity at Trinity Laban, and be part of a large-scale performance event alongside school big bands Trinity Laban will be mentoring. Come and meet other like-minded young people, have a great time exploring and making this fantastic music, and be part of the next wave of jazz musicians of the future!

Who is the Next Wave Big Band for?

To take part you need to be technically proficient on your instrument, producing a good sound and feel across the instrument, and willing to commit to weekly rehearsals. Most of all, you should have a passion for improvising, and for playing and developing together with like-minded musicians of your generation, and a curiosity to explore the big band heritage!

How to apply

Apply below for the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Next Wave Big Band.

There will be an Open Session on Monday 16th September following which invitations will be made to join the weekly project.

Available places are limited – applications received by Monday 15th July latest will be given priority.

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