NEWS: We have some vacancies for instrumentalists. Click for more details
Our aim is to provide enjoyable music for our listeners and our players.
BJ Big Band was established by Bren Jones in September 2009 and is based in East Tytherton, Wiltshire, consisting of players who have a wealth of experience playing in other musical groups from saxophone ensemble, through military bands and rock combos to symphony orchestra.
We are a swing band with Saxes, Trumpets, Trombones and Rhythm section, which is the same formation as Count Basie, Duke Ellington or Glenn Miller, not to mention more recent bands such as the Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, playing a variety of jazz and swing style music in the big band style.
Currently, we have almost a full band, but potential players are always encouraged to contact us as we do sometimes need to cover a part due to holidays, illness, etc. We welcome contact from players who would like to come along and have a go and can then be considered for a permanent position in the band when a vacancy arises. BJ Big Band rehearses on a Tuesday evening. To see current vacancies please look at our vacancies page.
BJ Big Band is available for charity work and special events throughout the area. If you would like to find out if we can play for your event, please use our contacts form.
You can also find us on Facebook.
Our Aims and Objectives
- To enjoy making music with like minded people:
- by endeavouring to improve as players and collectively as a group
- by reaching a standard of playing that is as high as possible
- by supporting others in their music making
- by continually aiming to extend the range and repertoire of our music
- To share our music with others
- by playing at public events
- by offering our services to charitable and community organisations and private individuals
- by promoting music making when we can
- To operate as a not for profit group:
- by using any donations/fees received for the benefit of the Band
- by offering our services to charities at minimal cost
- by setting modest fees sufficient only to ensure the economic viability of the band