Our Story

Bath Community Big Band started life in 2000 as an extracurricular activity at Bath University - named BUBBA - and it was open to Bath University students and members of the community. After a few years we moved to Bath Spa University and changed our name to Bath Community Big Band. The band has been administered very efficiently in the past by Jo Sercombe and Trish Brown, but at present Ralf Dorrell - the musical director throughout the entire life of the band - has also taken on the administrative role. 

As part of our arrangement with Bath Spa University, the band is free to any staff or students from the University. Other members of the group pay on a termly basis - the exact cost depending on the number of weeks in a particular term, but this is calculated at £5 per week.

The band performs in public at least once a term, usually to raise money for charity or for local "good causes". (If you think that the band could support your charity or fundraising event, please contact us to discuss it.)

The band is intended to be as inclusive as possible. There are no auditions (apart from the rhythm section - and only here for the practical reason that the band will only function properly with one drummer, one bass player, one guitarist and one pianist) so if you are interested in playing with us just come along... We have parts for trumpet, trombone and saxophone (alto, tenor and baritone) players, but if you play something else, and we can accommodate you, we will. (NB: We currently include a clarinetist and digital trumpet player in the line-up...)

We also encourage budding composers and arrangers to use the band as a test-bed for their new works, so several players also write music for the band. The rest of the repertoire is a wide spectrum of music written and arranged for big band over the last 90 years, ranging in difficulty from quite easy to (a few) very difficult pieces (chosen to provide a challenge for everyone in the band). 99% of the music is notated but their is the option for players to improvise solos (but only if this is something that interests you).