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


We are now rehearsing in term time at the new Sparrows Farm Building part of the Southwood campus - Music room SF002. Contact details below.

Upcoming Events

    • Saturday 19th Feb 2022 - 10.00 - 13.00 - At Sparrows Farm Music Room Avery Hill Campus  Musicians Discussion Session - Can Tablets replace Paper Sheet Music
    • We invite local band leaders, musicians, band librarians and managers to come along and hear how the University Big Band has switched from paper to tablets and iPads.

      This morning session will include a brief presentation of the issues and challenges we faced jumping into this digital mode, followed by a chance to try using some sample tablets we have available, and you will be those attending will be encouraged to bring their own tablets, iPads, laptops and we can help get them started. If you are already using tablets - why not come along and share your experience with others who are interest in making the move away from paper.

      Space in limited - advance registration essential - email Dr. Fred Parrett - University Big Band Manager - email - tel 020-8460-2116

    • Sunday 27 March 2022: Big Band Concert - "The Avery Hill Story - In Words, Pictures, and Music. David Fussey Lecture. 3 pm.

    The concert which includes a multimedia presentation of the history of Avery Hill, including the park and Winter Gardens and the college from the early days of the site, prior to Colonel North, through the years of teaching and the impact of two world wars with unique images from the college archives.  Music covering that whole period,  in Big Band style will be played by the University Big Band

    Booking essential email - no charge for tickets but there will be a collection for the Demelza Hospice Care For Children- a charity supporting families across Kent, South East London and East Sussex - See more at:

    • Saturday 7 May 2022: Biggin Hill Memorial Museum. The University Big Band is playing a VE  Day concert at Biggin Hill There’ll be live 1940s-themed music, performances check again for details. Full information will be available on the Biggin Hill Museum website -

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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