Welcome to the Hertfordshire Big Band website. We are an amateur big band based in Welwyn Garden City with players from across Hertfordshire, and beyond. We perform regularly throughout Hertfordshire and surrounding areas and are available to book for private functions such as dinner dances, parties and weddings.
The Herts Big Band (amateur) are looking to appoint a new musical director after current MD Mike Hamnett steps down at the end of July. Rehearsals are weekly and are in Welwyn Garden City on Monday nights from 8.15 to 10pm. You will be responsible for rehearsing the band, choosing repertoire and designing concert programmes (“Best of Bond” & “The Great American Songbook” are two recent examples). The band has participated in the National Concert Band Festival on a regular basis and has just returned from a second successful tour to Roses in Catalunya.
If you are interested in this post or know someone that might be, please email the band secretary, Oliver Archer, at email@example.com.
Hertfordshire Big Band was formed in 2003 after various members of the Hertfordshire Concert Band were lamenting in the pub that there were no local big bands we could join to play big band music we had previously played in bands when we were younger. After some discussions we realised we had enough players to form a band, and so the Hertfordshire Big Band was born.
In August 2008 the band made its international debut; performing at Fanfar’ Folizzz in Nogent Le Retrou, France. The festival brought together eight bands who performed throughout the afternoon and long into the evening for the entertainment of the 3000 strong audience. The band returned to France in 2009 to appear once again at the festival.
The band made their debut appearance at the regional heats of the National Concert Band Festival held in Northampton in November 2014 and were awarded the Gold standard by adjudicators Ian Darrington and Peter Churchill, following performances of In a Mellow Tone, Madrid, Lil’ Darlin’ and Sing, Sing, Sing – a set list designed to show off the various styles of music that we play. Following this success the band were invited to perform at the National finals of the NCBF held at the RNCM in Manchester in April 2014. The band had the pressure of being the final act of the weekend to perform in the RNCM’s Opera Theatre on Sunday 12th April, plus being back at the old stomping ground of MD Mike Hamnett. The band coped admirably with this and with a highly challenging programme, featuring Night in Tunisa, Yesterdays and Senor Mouse, and as with the regional heats came away with a Gold award.
The band attended regional heats of the NCBF in London in December 2015, and this time round were awarded a Platinum standard leading again to an invitation to perform at the national event, which took place in April 2016.
2015 also saw the band back on tour, this time to Roses in Spain. The band performed concerts in the town of Roses, along with other nearby towns and in Pablo Espanoyl in Barcelona. The tour was such a success that planning has already begun for a return visit in May 2017.
December 2014 saw the launch of the band’s very first CD, “Hayburner”, with a wide selection of tracks there’s sure to be something for everyone!