The Big Band is not just a Big Band, but three smaller jazz, dance and swing bands with over 40 talented musicians playing music from Goodwin to Gershwin and of course Glenn Miller. Our evening rehearsals are held at the Avery Hill campus.

You can find out more about the history and  information of the Big Band here

Oh Look At Me Now - Big Band with Ruth Fahie Vocals

April 2014 Concert - Big Band, Chemistry, And All That Jazz. Ruth Fahie sings this arrangement by Fletcher Henderson. A charity fundraiser for the local hospice


Due to Covid-19 our rehearsals are currently postponed. We are hoping these will re-start at the new Sparrows Farm Music Room in late June, however this is subject to government and university guidance. Please check back here regularly for updates.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday 22 May 2021: Biggin Hill Memorial Museum: A small group from the University Big Band is playing in series at the 'Back to the ’40s' Community Day at Biggin Hill to celebrate the easing of lockdown restrictions and the re-opening of the museum. There’ll be live 1940s-themed music, performances with the University Small Band group playing two sessions in the afternoon. Full information on the Biggin Hill Museum website can be found here
  • Saturday 5th June 2021: Biggin Hill Museum 2.30 pm - 4:30 pm: 'Fabulous Forties' at Biggin Hill commemorates D-Day with a very special event at the Museum by the University of Greenwich Big Band; this is the first concert by the full Band Big Band since March last year! Our 'Fabulous Forties' Concert transports you back to the heady days and music of the 1940s, performed in the grounds of Biggin Hill Memorial Museum and its iconic St George’s Chapel of Remembrance. This concert commemorates the D-Day Landings in 1944 and the part played by Biggin Hill in the Second World War with a celebration of many of the best known and loved songs and tunes of the war years and beyond. Swing back in time with Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade, In the Mood, Little Brown Jug and American Patrol, to mention just a few hits that will be part of the performance. Full information on the Biggin Hill Museum website can be found here

Contacting us

If you are interested in playing the Big Band Music Group welcomes applications from staff and students who would like to be part of the jazz experience. We can also support students who wish to start their own band group within the university.

To find out more contact Band Manager and former University of Greenwich lecturer Dr. Fred Parrett on +44(0)020 8460 2116 or e-mail:

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