County Youth Big Band (CYBigB)

The CYBigB is the senior big band of the Music and Performing Arts Trust and rehearses on Monday evenings in the Edmund Rubbra Hall at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre from 7pm to 9pm.

The County Youth Big Band in rehearsal for the Big Band Night, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, February 2015About the CYBigB

The director for the 2018 to 2019 season is Jamie Glew.

The Rhythm section meets for a sectional an hour before the main rehearsal, 6pm to 7pm. This invaluable opportunity allows the section to learn to play together as an effective unit. 

The band was formed in the 1980's by Head of Brass, Bob Jackson. Since then under the direction of Rachel Coles, John Greaves, Peter Dunkley, Ray Meadham, John Long and Richard Baker it has built a national reputation for consistent quality.

The band draws its repertoire from the whole range of music for Big Bands, from traditional to modern: Duke Ellington to Pat Metheny. Members are encouraged to develop and use their improvisation skills in rehearsal and performance, with all contributions to the group valued equally.

They have enjoyed success at the National Concert Band Festival and National Festival of Music for Youth, with several invitations to perform at the Schools' Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. They have toured to Northampton's twin town of Plzen in the Czech Republic and performed at the House of Commons. In recent years they have appeared with singer Becky Martin and trumpet players Steve Waterman and Willie Murrillo.

Listen to the CYBigB in performance

CYBigB perform Billboard Signs and Subtle Rhymes by former band member Mark Gilyead at Youth in Concert, Derngate, Northampton: October 2011.

Concert Tours

Recent Letters to Members

How to join us

Auditions are held annually in July. See the auditions page for further information

See the County Youth Big Band in Performance

The County Youth Big Band in performance with Willie Murrillo and Becky Martin at the Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, February 2015