City Lit Big Band
Time: 15:30 - 17:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: ME637
Duration: 21 sessions (over 24 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will play and learn complex arrangements which include parts that are technically challenging. Rehearsals will focus on section and ensemble playing, and interpretation.
What will we cover?
- Suitable arrangements for Big band from all sources
- Attention to improving our ensemble playing
- Taking solos within the body of an arrangement
- preparing and organising for performances.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand how an ensemble of this size operates and rehearses
- Improve and maintain your sight-reading and ability to rehearse effectively
- Learn typical and unusual Big Band repertoire.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have a minimum of 10 years playing experience including some ensemble or small group playing, and an ability to sight read. Jazz education will be of advantage.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Sessions will be as for band rehearsals and will include playing a warm-up, section rehearsal, working on specific parts of arrangements and then play full play-throughs, as well as sight-unseen playing, and improvising.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Piano, drum kit, amplifiers are here. Other instruments and guitar leads must be carried in.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Big Band will continue throughout the year.
Simon played piano, recorder and clarinet at school. While training as an architect, he started teaching himself alto sax and played in rock and punk bands and on demos. With friends, Simon formed studio band Haysi Fantayzee, started an 8-piece band that gigged on the university circuit, and joined Jamie Wednesday, which recorded and regularly gigged around the country. When Jamie Wednesday folded, Simon focused on performing as a saxophonist, especially with the Tony Douglas Big Band, and also studied conducting, harmony and flute. He became director of the Music Works Big Band in Brixton, which evolved into The BAC Big Band, and co-ran a weekly jam session in Great Portland Street that attracted many rising players on the London jazz scene. His house band, Raising Standards, evolved into Volume One, a septet performing original compositions. After a PGCE at Goldsmiths, Simon taught at Battersea Technical College, Ilford County High School and Hackney Free and Parochial School, and became tutor for City Lit Big Bands, which he has directed since 1996. He has also taught woodwind at Morpeth Secondary School, Highbury Fields School, and City & Islington College.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.