About the Band
The Pavilion Big Band, based in Norwich, was formed in 1998 by Chris Wicks with a few friends to
promote the music of Glenn Miller, the Rat Pack and other swing/latin standards.
In the early days the un-named band used the facilities of the Pavilion at Sprowston for rehearsal
and soon they became known as the "Pavilion Big Band", which seemed the obvious name to adopt.
The first piece of music performed in public was "My Funny Valentine" at a gig on 17th October 1998
at the Oasis Leisure Centre, Norwich.
The band has played in concerts, theatre shows, fetes and dances as well as for many private
engagements including weddings and parties.
The band now rehearses on a Thursday between 7.45 and 9.45pm at Cringleford Sports Pavilion,
Norwich NR4 6XF and we are lucky to have members covering a wide age range with a mix of
professional and ex-forces musicians and keen players travelling from across Norfolk to attend gigs
and rehearsals. Our founder member, Chris, is still playing trumpet in the band, 19 years on!
The band consists of 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones plus rhythm, bass and keyboard and
also has male and female vocalists. New members are always welcome - please contact the Band
Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding any vacancies available.
Meet the Band
|1st Alto Sax: ||Geraldine Evans||1st Trombone: ||Craig Smitherman|
|2nd Alto Sax: ||James Cameron ||2nd Trombone: ||James Thistlewood|
|1st Tenor Sax: ||Russell Unwin ||3rd Trombone: ||Laura Hancock|
|2nd Tenor Sax: ||Dave Bilham ||4th Trombone: ||Mike Buck|
|Baritone Sax: ||Lea Wiggins ||Vocalist: ||Sarah Borges|
|1st Trumpet: ||Nigel Herbert ||Vocalist: ||Eddie Bushell|
|2nd Trumpet: ||Geoff Green ||Bass: ||Tania Shingleton|
|3rd Trumpet: ||Peter Moy ||Rhythm Guitar: ||Martin Bishop|
|4th Trumpet: ||Chris Wicks ||Keyboards: ||Julia Buck|
| ||Drums: ||Tony Russell|