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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.

If you're looking to play swing and jazz as part of a large and friendly ensemble, our Big Band is the perfect fit!

Led by East Midlands-based musician Pete Wraight, you'll have the opportunity to perform at our biannual NTU Big Band Live nights, free lunchtime concerts and Summer Celebration. The Big Band also plays at a number of private and public gigs, including regular spots at Nottingham's jazz cafe, Peggy's Skylight.

Who can join?

We welcome NTU students, staff, alumni and members of the local community. You don't need to audition, and you may be able to hire an instrument if you don't have one of your own.

You should be able to play to around Grade 6 standard, although you won't need to have taken the exam.

How do I join?

You can come along to a rehearsal to see what it's like before joining. If you want to sign up, you'll pay a membership for the academic year (October - June), which is discounted by a third if you join after Christmas.

  • NTU students - £20
  • NTU staff and alumni - £40
  • Community members - £80

Membership 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.

When are rehearsals?

Rehearsals take place on Mondays (term time only) between 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm in University Hall on the City Campus.

The ground floor of University Hall (stalls) is accessible for wheelchair users. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor.

Find out more

If you would like more information about joining the big band, email or call 0115 848 4570.

Still need help?

NTU Music
+44 (0)115 848 4570