St. Mary's School BIGBAND
We are a youth music ensemble playing variety of jazz standards and swing tunes. We count some 25 musicians aged 11-18 years. Our members are mostly students of St. Mary's School in Aalborg, Denmark. It is a more than 100 years old private Catholic institution of primary education - one of the best in our country. The school has got 240 students from preschool to 10th grade.
The Big Band consists of the saxophone section with alto, tenor and baritone saxes, the brass section (trombones and trumpets)
and the rhythm section (piano/keyboard, bass and drums). The actual composition can be seen HERE
The Big Band's purpose is twofold. The main task is to work with the musical, creative and social skills of our students. On the other hand we are the proud ambassador of St. Mary's School . We enrich the cultural image of the city of Aalborg, the capital of North Jutland, Denmark .
The Band was established in 1997 and later
complemented by the Junior Big Band which acts as a seperate ensemble
with programme for younger and less experienced children. Both bands are conducted
by the teacher, composer and musician
The PARENTS' COMMITTEE is responsible for organisational matters. It is composed by the conductor, the school principal, and a number of parents of the Big Band members.
The musical experiences playing with schoolmates has been supplemented with cultural through the band's frequent travel activities. Since 2001, the band has played concert tours in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Poland, 3 times in the U.S., Iceland and Switzerland.