Rookie Review: The Freshers 2015

Who better to write the Freshers’ Review than the grandad of the band? They don’t make them like they used to, but this bunch aren’t half bad! We have a good cohort from all corners of the globe, and we’re delighted to welcome them to the big band family. Even if they bring physics problem sheets to rehearsals.

Musically, the sections are already beginning to sound like units. At least the trumpet section is, which is the most important one anyway. We have recruited some accomplished jazz musicians who are already showcasing their talent blowing/tinkling/singing on solos – as well as some players who will grow to be corrupted by the big band style.

On the social side, we’re glad to already be hearing some band-ter (freshers weren’t this audacious back in the good ol’ days!) And it’s great to have some of them stay for the pub after rehearsal. Check out the #BeThere campaign on gig recommendations which on this occasion has been decided by the freshers. I’m glad at least most of them realised there was an amazing jazz festival coming to town.

All in all, I look forward to this year, starting with our freshers’ first taste of an IC Big Band gig at Westfield on the 14th!


Published on behalf of Julian Waton, lead trumpet and Grandad Big Band.

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