Our First Big Band Course….

Dark Peak Big Band 2019

Our first Big Band Course took place before Christmas, with 16 players – Saxes, Trumpets, Trombones, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals  and Piano meeting for six weeks at Victoria Hall Glossop under the Leadership of renowned Saxophone Player Carl Raven, supported by the Dark Peak’s Lisa Callaghan.

The players learnt a variety of challenging numbers over the course which culminated in a cabaret style concert – photos below. 

At the concert the players performed some of the pieces that had learnt and were joined by pro players, Carl, Jim Faulkner (guitar) and Dan Whieldon (piano) who played pieces as a trio and with individual players from the course. 

The course was deemed a great success by those who took part. The final concert was amazing and we will be considering how to take the Dark Peak Big Band idea  forward over the next few months. 

Here is a short video selection from the Concert.