Youth Big Bands

Information about the Oxfordshire Youth Big Bands I, II, III, IV.

These Ensembles have been meeting regularly online. After the Easter holidays 2021, as COVID lockdown restrictions ease, we are aiming to return some of our ensembles to face-to-face sessions. If your child’s ensemble is able to safely operate face-to-face, the ensemble leader will be in touch with more information. Otherwise, online sessions will continue. Please email if you are interested in hearing about the current online opportunities.

When and where

Tuesdays 5.45pm-7.15pm (Big Band IV)

Tuesdays 7.30pm-9.30pm (Big Bands I, II, III)

Centre for Music
Bayswater Road


Contact Charles Lloyd via the Music Service.

What is available

You can find:

  • one intermediate Big Band (OYBB IV)
  • two Oxfordshire Senior Schools' Big Bands (OYBB II, III)
  • the Oxfordshire Youth Big Band (Auditioned through membership of the two senior schools' big bands).

We play music ranging from the big band sounds of Glenn Miller and Stan Kenton to the more modern arrangements of the National Jazz Orchestra. We aim to encourage jazz at all levels.

Who can join

If you are above Grade 3 standard on any of the following instruments we should be happy to welcome you to one of the four bands: piano, drum kit, bass guitar, electric guitar, trumpet/cornet, trombone, saxophone.

Come along on a Tuesday and see if you like it!

How much it costs

£87 per term (Big Bands I, II, III)

£55 per term (Big Band IV)

More information

Dates for 2020-21

Autumn term

  • September 22, 29
  • October 6, 13, 20
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • December 1, 8

Spring term

  • January 5, 12, 19, 26
  • February 2, 9, 23
  • March 9, 16, 23, 30 (possible concert)

Summer term

  • April 20, 27
  • May 4, 11, 18, 25
  • June 8, 15 (possible concert) 

Dates are subject to change