Auditions for 2017/18 are now over! We have a fantastic band for this year and some really exciting concerts and events coming up this year. Keep up to date with all our latest gigs on our facebook page.
The Sussex Universities Big Band is an events band comprised of musicians from the Brighton and Sussex Universities. Based at Sussex University in Brighton the band plays at a wide range of events each year from university balls to weddings and private parties. We are available for hire to play at any event and provide extremely competitive rates for a professional full scale big band.
If you are interested in hiring the Sussex Universities Big Band please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The band provides an opportunity for musicians from both Brighton and Sussex Universities interested in Jazz to be part of a Big Band. Auditions are held at the start of every year for Jazz Singers, Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones and Rhythm Section. A huge range of opportunities are available within the band as all players must re-audition every year. The band plays a large number of gigs every year as well as organising a tour in the summer. We play at gigs at venues around the University and in bars and clubs in Brighton where everyone is welcome, both students and members of the public.
The Sussex Universities Big Band has a wide and varied library of music, ranging from Jazz Standards (Take the A-Train, Moonlight Serenade) to Funk (The Chicken, New Rochelle) and Jazz arrangements of Pop and Rock tunes (forget you, take on me, crazy in love, lady marmalade) to male and female Vocal numbers (Straighten Up and Fly Right, Luck be a Lady, Is This Any Way to Fall in Love?). The band's repertoire is constantly being updated with all new additions being suggested by members of the band before being purchased. The band has a tight, interchangeable set-list that can be modified for any occasion, be it a wedding reception or black-tie ball.
The committee for this acadmic year in comprised of President Seth Fleming, who organises gigs and mamges the day-to-day operations of the band, Vice President and Secretary Alec Low, who takes care of all the administrative work, Treasuerer Joe Belton, who manages all fincial matters, Social Secretary Charlie Higgins, who organises social events and creates a friendly and inclusive atmosphere, and equipment secretary Xavier Guerra, who manages all of the band's equipment and technological issues. Seth and Charlie are also co-welfare officers.
Sussex Universities Big Band practices a safe space, zero tolerance policy. Our rehearsals, socials and performances are discrimination free zones. Our members can expect to be treated equally and fairly during society activities and feel safe and supported by our Welfare Officer or any other committee member. Members with accessibility requirements can access our rehearsals using the lift available in Falmer House.
Big Band have been awarded the bronze community leaf award by the Students' Union in recognition of their commitment to making a positive difference within the community (2015/16)
Big Band have been awarded the silver social leaf award by the Students' Union in recognition of the fun and engaging social activities they put on for their members (2015/16)
Big Band have been awarded the silver events leaf award by the Students’ Union in recognition of their exceptional ability to organise and hold events (2015/16)
Big Band have been awarded the silver development leaf award by the Students’ Union in recognition of their efforts to develop themselves as a society, build on the successes and failures of previous years and offer new exciting opportunities for Sussex students (2015/16)
Big Band have been awarded the gold inclusivity leaf award by the Students’ Union in recognition of their positive efforts to increase membership within their society and include as many members as possible (2015/16)