Big Band Initiative

Our modern, adult (aged 16 or above) Big Bands provide the opportunity for developing musicians to participate in a big band learning experience under the direction of a professional tutor.
Players will be encouraged to join in at their own level:

entry level (grade 2 – 4 standard)
progressive (grade 5 or above)
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Fun and friendly

We'll create a fun and friendly environment so you get the most enjoyment out of rehearsing and performing this great music. Plus you'll have the chance to socialise with like-minded people checking out local gigs together or listening to new or classic big band recordings on our online recommended playlist.

Fantastic music

We’ll arrange the music, so that you have the chance to play contemporary and original arrangements of swing, rock, funk and Latin-American big band music.

We need you!

So if you are a musician who would like to try a different style, a ‘lapsed’ player, or a parent who would like as much fun as your children seem to have, this is the place for you! Come and join the fun if you play:

• trumpet • trombone • euphonium • tuba • french horn • saxophone • clarinet • rhythm (drums, keyboard, electric guitar, bass) • or if you’re a vocalist

Ian Chalk Big Band

Where and when

Every Monday evening, between 6:30pm - 8:00pm,
at Canon Lee School, Rawcliffe Drive, York, YO30 6ZS.


Membership subscription is £6 per week, payable in advance in blocks of six, but you're welcome to attend your first session for free so you can see how much fun you're going to have!

If you want one-to-one tuition too, we can offer a 10% discount on the total cost of lessons and Big Band Initiative membership. See our fees page for more information and to sign-up and open up a whole new world of fun and musical enjoyment!