Big Band

Big Band

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

Sunday 4th December 2022, 3.00pm

Charity Concert by University of Greenwich Big Band

Swing Into Christmas

At the David Fussey Lecture Theatre, Southwood Site, Avery Hill Campus, SE9 2UG

Free admission by pre-booking using Eventbrite, please click on link below:


Kickstart your Christmas with the University Big Band with a fun-filled program of yuletide songs with a jazzy theme. The program will also feature a selection of sparkling Big Band and Swing classics to warm you up on a winter’s afternoon. The perfect swinging start to your Christmas festivities!

The concert will also include an exciting visual presentation illustrating the development of big band and jazz music over the last 100 years and how that music has influenced the lives of all of us.

There will be a leaving collection for Demelza Hospice Care For Children.


Previous Events

  • Sunday 27 March 2022: Charity Big Band Concert - "The Avery Hill Story - In Words, Pictures, and Music.

In support of the local  Demelza Hospice  Children- a charity supporting families across Kent, South East London and East Sussex - The leaving collection raised £535 for Demelza

  • Saturday 7 May 2022: Biggin Hill Memorial Museum.

The University Big Band performed a VE Day concert at Biggin Hill with live 1940s-themed music. Due to it raining the performance took place in the historic Chapel. We expect to be be back at the museum in September with another concert. Full information will be available on the Biggin Hill Museum website -

  • Sunday 3rd July 2022: Informal Concert by the University of Greenwich Big Band.

The University Big Band performed music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sinatra, Bublé, and other great Jazz and Big Band classics. Other activities in the park on the day included Outdoor Theatre by Woolwich Tramshed performers, and craft activities for children. More information 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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