Castle Big Band

The Biggest Band this side of the Bailey…

President: Madeleine Krieger (madeleine.krieger@durham.ac.uk)

Originally set up nine years ago, Castle Big Band has grown into a popular and highly successful college band, having played in events all around Durham. Our Christmas gig is a highlight of Castle’s Michaelmas term! We mainly play at Castle events but also in other college events as well as the DSU. A small jazz ensemble also comes under the heading of Castle Big Band. This group has played at numerous college balls as well as other academic events, and has even had some gigs in Newcastle.

We practise weekly in the Great Hall and play an eclectic variety of big band music, ranging from Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller to Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire. All Castlemen are welcome! Our goal is to play great music and have a load of fun doing it. Instrumental players are not required to audition, if you play a big band instrument and have a vague understanding of how to read music we would love to have you along. This term’s rehearsal schedule can be found here.

We will be looking for new male and female singers this year! Singers are auditioned in order to give everyone a couple of songs to sing per gig instead of just one every now and then. Details of when, where and how to audition can be found at the Fresher’s Fair.

If you are interested in booking Castle Big Band or our small jazz ensemble for an event please contact the president, contact details above.

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Also check out our facebook page for videos and more banter 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/castlebigband?fref=ts

 

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