Malvern Big Band, based in the Midlands, UK, was formed in 2001 by Mike Halliday and Chris Lewis. It plays an eclectic mix of music from the ‘Rat Pack’ era right up to contemporary jazz and pop standards - have a look at our tracks page to get a better idea about what we play.
The Band is always interested in hearing from musicians who would like to be added to our ‘deps’ list. If you do not play an instrument to a suitable standard but would still like to be involved in running the band, please get in touch. There are always jobs to do with the music library, equipment and general management of the practical business of putting on a performance.
We use the standard big band line up of 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones and 4-piece rhythm section. Some of our gigs are fronted by vocalists Garry Rutter and Toad Seabright. All our gigs are promoted on this site and in and around the Malvern area.
John Ripper (Saxophone)
We were very sad to hear of John’s passing on Saturday 22nd June, 2019. John, beloved husband of Bridget, brother of Peter and uncle to many nieces and nephews, passed away peacefully in his sleep. Very much the elder statesman of MBB, John shared his greater musical experience with other (younger!) members of the band, but always graciously, giving insight into interpretation and performance. He had been with MBB for over 10 years and was an enthusiastic champion of the band and other groups within our musical community here in Malvern. Not only was John a keen performer, but he could regularly be seen, along with Bridget, amongst audiences, supporting local music making. John decided to retire from the band, giving his final concert with MBB in December 2018, but his playing remained fluent and musical – and always enthusiastic! He will be greatly missed, having made a significant contribution to the musical life of Malvern.
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