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Big Band

The Robert Smyth Big Band is a hand-picked group that was set up in 2012 to stretch the more advanced players from the academy’s much larger Jazz Band. The band has the line-up of a standard big band with 5 saxes (2 altos, 2 tenors, 1 baritone), 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass drums, percussion), as well as 1 flute. The band performs a variety of classic Big Band music and takes part in a range of concerts and competitions. The rehearsals are run by Mrs Petersen, Head of Music.

Here are a list of the band’s most notable achievements to date:

Awards:

  • 2016: Gold Award at the National Concert Band Festival, Royal College of Music in Manchester
  • 2015: Platinum Award at the National Concert Band Festival, Royal College of Music in Manchester
  • 2013: Platinum Award at the National Concert Band Festival, Birmingham Conservatoire
  • 2012: Platinum Award at the National Concert Band Festival, Royal Academy of Music, London

Tours & Festivals:

  • 2016: Tour of Spain (Barcelona & Costa Dorada)
  • 2015: Four Countries tour to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg & Germany
  • 2014: Tour to Italy
  • 2013: Tour to Denmark and performance at the international Riverside Jazz Festival in Silkeborg