Basie to Ellington and Beyond

Basie to Ellington and Beyond with Dan Mar-Molinero, May 25th / 26th 2019.

Durlston Court School, Barton on Sea, Hampshire.

We are pleased to welcome Dar Mar-Molinero to host a Basie to Ellington and Beyond Big Band Workshop in May 2019. Dan is a saxophonist, composer and educator and has been recognised nationally for his work in jazz and commercial music both as an educator and practitioner.  Alongside composing and performing, he is head of Jazz & Popular Music at the University of Southampton, a tutor for the NYJC and runs the pioneering youth jazz organisation, SYJO. Interested? Then book now before it’s too late.


More about Dan Mar-Molinero – Saxophonist & Educator

Dan Mar-Molinero big band workshopDan has performed with many leading musicians from across genres including Julian Joseph, Kenny Wheeler and Corrine Bailey-Rae. Dan is an accomplished conductor with many years of experience leading jazz and modern music ensembles.

He has worked with professional groups whilst also establishing himself as nationally renowned director of youth jazz ensembles. Along with numerous talented ensembles, Dan has worked with a plethora of top class musicians including Soweto Kinch, Omar Lyefook and Kairos 4Tet. He has developed a national reputation for arranging, especially for jazz ensembles. His arrangements have been played by numerous different ensembles, from leading professional groups to school bands. He has had the privilege of arranging music for some of the leading jazz musicians in the UK including Courtney Pine, Ian Shaw and Portico Quartet.

This 2 day Big Band workshop is for all ages (minimum Grade 3 standard playing ability). Vocalists, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass, and Drums. The course will concentrate on improving your reading, arrangement, improvisation and band leading skills, giving you the ability to go away understanding more about the inner workings of the Big Band.

The cost for the two days including  tea, coffee and cold refreshments is £120. 

The workshop will be held at Durlston Court School, Becton Lane,  Barton On Sea, Hampshire, BH25 7AQ

Sponsored by Yanagisawa and Vandoren.

Participant information:

Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.
You’ll need an instrumental ability of Grade 3 standard or above. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 3 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better.
– Saxophones (Flute/Clarinet)
– Trumpet
– Trombone
– Drums
– Bass
– Piano
– Guitar
– Percussion
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand.

Drums: We have a drum kit but you can bring your own breakables. By all means you can bring your complete kit if you prefer.

Guitar/Bass: You’ll need to bring your own amps.

Keys: We have a piano but feel free to bring your own keyboard.
No lunch provided, but hot/cold refreshments for the breaks.
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am – 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am – 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am – 1pm
Lunch: 1pm – 2pm
Session three: 2pm – 3pm
Afternoon break: 3pm – 3.30pm
Session four: 3.30pm – 4.30pm


Contact at or by calling 07708 091675 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.

We are also happy to advise on affordable accommodation near to Durlston Court in Barton On Sea, Hampshire.