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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. With our Big Band Live series there are plenty of opportunities to perform, and the band is often booked for private events.

So can I just turn up?

You're welcome to visit us and see what it's like before signing up. You should be able to play to Grade 6 standard, although you won't need to have taken the exam.

If you decide to join, an academic year's membership currently costs £20 for NTU students, £40 for staff and alumni and £80 for community members. You get a third off after Christmas if you want to join in January. The membership fee includes rehearsals, performances and sheet music, but not concert uniform (smart black trousers, smart black shirt, black shoes). You can purchase a membership through the NTU Online Store.

Rehearsals take place every Monday (term time only) between 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm in the Ensemble Room at the Music Centre on the City Campus.

Where do you perform?

If you join, you'll play at our NTU Big Band Live events, as well as free Lunchtime Concerts, and the Summer Celebration. We also perform at select private and public events including venues like Peggy's Skylight.

If you haven't got an instrument of your own, you may be able to hire one from the University.

All areas of the Music Centre are accessible for wheelchair users. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor and there is a lift to all levels of the building.

If you would like more information about joining the Big Band please email us at

Still need help?

NTU Music
+44 (0)115 848 4570