The JazzSmart Big Band (JSBB)

JazzSmart Big Band

We are excited to announce the start of our new training Big Band on Monday nights….

Rehearsals take place at New Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, Hampshire, 7.45pm-9.45pm during term times. Feel free to pop in and say hi, there is no audition process. There is also a cafe for drinks and calorific treats in our break.

The band will be open to ages 12 to 80+ with a minimum sight-reading ability of grade 5 standard (you don’t need to have taken the exam…)

JSBB will be led by James Rawlinson with assistance by Andrew Blee and will be covering a range of classic and new Big Band repertoire with a view to performing in informal local concerts and gigs. If you would like to be involved in a professionally run Big Band with a view to improving your ensemble skills and musical experience, this is the band for you!

Saxophones (opportunities to double on clarinet & flute)
Trumpets (of the Bb variety)
Trombones (reading in bass clef concert pitch)
Piano (you will need your own keyboard)
Guitar (you will need your own amp)
Drums (reading encouraged but not essential)
Percussion (congas, bongos, tuned percussion)
Bass (electric or upright)


Rehearsals are charged at :

£10 per rehearsal (if paying termly in advance)
or £12.50 drop in weekly rate.

Rehearsal Dates are as follows…

January – April 2019 (13 weeks) 7:45pm – 9:45pm

January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

February 4th, 11th, 25th

March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

April 1st, 8th

Summer 2019 – April – July 2019 (10 weeks) 7:45pm – 9:45pm

April 29th

May 13th, 20th

June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

July 1st, 8th, 15th

If you have any questions or want to register your interest, email