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Oxfordshire Youth Big Bands (OYBB) and Oxfordshire Youth Jazz Collective (OYJC)

Information about OYBB I, II, III and OYJC

When and where

OYJC, Big Bands I and II – Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm

Big Band III – Tuesdays 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Centre for Music
Bayswater Road


Contact Helen Hawker via the Music Service.

What is available

There are four Oxfordshire Youth Big Bands:

  • OYBB III - grades 3 - 5 approx
  • OYBB II - grades 5 - 6 approx
  • OYBB I - grades 7 - 8 approx
  • OYJC - grade 8+

Our aim is to enthuse and encourage students to play jazz and improvise at all levels. The foundations for this are laid in OYBB III, where students learn the skills to play in a big band and the basics of improvisation. As they move up through the bands, students will play in a wide variety of styles from Ellington to Steely Dan, develop their improvising skills and take part in regular performances.

Who can join

If you are grade 3+ standard on any of the following instruments we would be happy to welcome you to one of our big bands: saxophone, trumpet/cornet, trombone, piano, electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit.

If you’d like to come along for a free taster session, please get in touch!

How much does it cost?

  • OYJC, Big Bands I and II - £96 per term (2hr sessions)
  • Big Band III - £48 per term (1hr sessions)

This charge is for 30 sessions across the academic year. Charges will be added to invoices on a half-termly basis, that is, across six invoices in the academic year.