SGS Big Band

The Spalding Grammar School Big Band was formed in the late 1980s from the more experienced members of the school’s Concert Band. It was designed to introduce pupils to Big Band and Jazz styles of playing with the opportunity for improvisation. The band has quite an extensive repertoire and now includes traditional Big Band music together with Big Band arrangements of more modern music.

Playing outside South Holland Centre
December 2000

Playing at Flower Queen concert 
March 2001

The band has a traditional line-up of saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm sections. The numbers in each section vary from year to year depending on what instrumentalists are available!

The band has always encouraged players from other local schools and has a number of pupils of the Spalding High School as its regular members. Although the majority of the players are in the Sixth Form studying for their ‘A’ levels, the band also has many talented younger players. When the GCSE and A-level exams start in June the older players leave school; fortunately, many of them are able to return for the remaining concerts of the season.

Former players who have left school regularly return to play with the band which is always a delight. The band holds occasional reunion concerts.