The Band's History
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, 20 years on!