The JazzSmart Big Band (JSBB)

JazzSmart Big Band

JazzSmart Big Band

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 is led by James Rawlinson with assistance by Andrew Blee and covers 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!


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

Big Band Seating plan

Rehearsal Dates are as follows…

January to March 2020 (12 weeks) 7:45pm – 9:45pm:

January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
February 3rd, 10th, 24th
March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

April to July 2020 (12 weeks) 7.45pm – 9.45pm:

April 20th, 27th
May 4th, 11th, 18th
June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
July 6th, 13th

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

JazzSmart Big Band