We are University of Plymouth Big Band (UPBB)! Originally set up in 2005 by a dedicated group of students who wanted a musical outlet within the University life, Big Band has grown in popularity and musical quality. We are a very welcoming group and allow people of any musical background or standard. All you need is interest and enthusiasm. We play everything from Jazz, Swing, Funk, Latin, Contemporary and much more!
Due to the current restrictions in place, University of Plymouth Big Band will not meet in person during the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic year the same way it has done previously.
Instead, we are planning to blend virtual sessions and small group meetups (Details tba). We will be very active virtually and hope to see you soon!
We usually practice on Mondays from 1900 - 21:30, this will be virtual sessions. Once you are a member please sign up to join the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/uniplymouthbigband/?fref=ts/ for the latest on this. Watch this space as the closer we get to starting University, the more the guidelines change!
We have regular gigs within the University and in the wider Devon area having performed at local bars & pubs, The Student Union, University and Society Balls. We also compete against other universities in the annual South West Battle of the Big Bands!
We also enjoy fundraising for charity through gigs, collaborating with other societies as well as annual events such as Movember. This last year (2019-2020) we raised money for a range of charities including Marrow and Plymouth Raise and GIve (RAG).
This year (2020-2021) we are taking a new approach to events. While we cannot gig for the forseeable future, we hope to encourage engagment from members on recordings for pieces. We will practice pieces weekly via zoom and encourage players to record themselves playing their parts to be mixed into a final piece to be released forever!
We hold regular socials aimed to bring everyone together through our common interests! We have both drinking and non-drinking socials with previous including: the traditional introductory white t-shirt nights, pub crawls, watching the fireworks and going bowling. Our socials are organised by band members and we are always open to suggestions. We usually go to our local, The James Street Vaults, after every rehearsal on Monday where Big Band members get discounts! Come and join us!
Socials this year will be based virtually on zoom, we hope to see you there! The activites will vary from quizzes, album club chats, various mini games (pictionary, bingo, etc) and more.
Once you’ve signed up as a member, don’t forget to join our current members page on Facebook to make sure you know what's coming up each week!
Contact us, keep up to date and ask us any questions via the links below!
Richard Molyneux (Band Secretary): firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UniversityofPlymouthBigBand/
Our Supported Charities
Plymouth Music Zone: http://www.plymouthmusiczone.org.uk/
Marrow (Anthony Nolan Trust): www.anthonynolan.org/8-ways-you-could-save-life/volunteer-us/volunteering-opportunities/marrow
Marrow UPSU Society: https://www.upsu.com/societies/7458/
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