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.
April saw the debut performance of Herts Big Band at the National finals of the NCBF held at the RNCM in Manchester. 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 made their debut appearance at the regional heats of the National Concert Band Festival held in Northampton in November 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 – as set list designed to show off the various styles of music that we play.
Early December saw the return of Herts Big Band to the Welwyn Civic Centre as they presented a Big Band Christmas. The concert consisted of music from the legendary leaders of big bands, with songs by Michael Buble, Natalie Cole and Ella Fitzgerald plus a host of Christmas favourites which got everyone feeling festive.
December also 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! CDs will be available to buy at upcoming gigs, priced at £10.
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. After a few years off from touring the band in now planning a tour to Roses in Spain for May 2015.