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Big Band

Our Big Band is an award-winning group, open to NTU students, staff and members of the local community.

What can I expect?

If you're looking to play swing and jazz as part of a large and friendly ensemble, our Big Band is the ideal fit! Led by East Midlands-based musician Pete Wraight, you'll meet weekly to learn new pieces and practise those already in the repertoire.

How do I join?

Who can join?
The Big Band welcomes NTU students, staff and members of the local community.

Is there an audition?
There is no audition to join the Big Band.

What experience do I need?
You should be able to play your instrument to around Grade 6 standard, but you don't need to have taken exams.

What if I don't have an instrument?
You may be able to hire an instrument from NTU Music. Email music@ntu.ac.uk or call into the Music Centre to find out more.

I'm ready to join – how do I sign up and how much does it cost?
You can purchase your membership through the NTU Online Store.

Membership for the academic year costs:

  • £20 for NTU Students
  • £40 for NTU staff and NTU alumni
  • £80 for community members

If you join after Christmas, the cost is discounted by a third.

What's included in my membership?
Your membership includes rehearsals and performances. You will need to supply your own concert uniform, which consists of a smart black shirt and trousers, with black shoes.

Rehearsal information

Rehearsals take place on Mondays (term time only) between 6.30 pm and 8 pm in University Hall on City Campus, or via Zoom for those needing to join virtually.

Our first rehearsal will take place on Monday 5 October.

For more information about rehearsals email music@ntu.ac.uk or call 0115 848 4570.

Performances and tours

The Big Band performs biannually at our NTU Big Band Live events and is also a regular at local jazz club Peggy's Skylight. In addition, the band are booked for a number of private parties and functions.

Members have had the opportunity to perform internationally whilst on tour, most recently visiting Germany.

Due to COVID-19 we've suspended our concert season, but we hope there will be opportunities for the Big Band to perform in the new year. At present we are unable to plan international trips, but we hope to resume these once it is safe to do so.

Still need help?

NTU Music
+44 (0)115 848 4570