Date: 19 March 2009
The Lancaster University Big Band took part in the Great Northern Big Band Festival at Sunderland University on Sunday 8th March. They faced stiff competition from university, music college and professional big bands. Despite this they triumphed, winning an adjudicators award for best ensemble performance with 'Stormy Monday' which featured vocalist Beth Evans. This big band competition is considered to be one of the biggest in the UK, and to achieve what they have is nothing short of brilliant. It is important to note that the membership of the band is diverse, withmembers coming from a variety of departments across the University; this is in contrast to other bands there who were entirely made up of music performance undergraduates and postgraduates. See how many members you know:
Saxes: Penny Cowell, Hannah Ogden, Sian Williams, Laura Dady, Anna Pickton, Chad Barrigan, Kate Telford, Hannah Russell
Trumpets: John Berry, Jenni Hughes, Lyndsey Walker, James Fialho, Lauren Evans
Trombones: Ole Hunt, Rick Hall, Hannah Dale, Max Stannard
Rhythm: Josh Hustwick, Mike Ciaputa, Thomas Wojtulewicz, Alex Phillips, Tom Killoran
Vocalists: Beth Evans, Lucy Rowan, Andrew Barraclough
Conductors: Phil Allcock, Mike Turner
Judges also commented on the quality of Josh Hustwick's drumming, the accuracy of sectional passages, the quality of the solos, and the exciting performance the band gave as a whole. The adjudicators for the day were Paul Jones and Mick Donelly who are both top UK jazz musicians, having performed with famous artists such as Stevie Wonder, Sting, and Ben E. King as well as more mainstream jazz groups such as with Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., and the BBC Big Band.
You can next see the Big Band at County College's 40th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday 20th June and at the Music Society's Proms concert held in the Great Hall on Sunday 21st June.
Associated departments and research centres: Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts