About Us

History
Founded in 2013, BCBB was pioneered by three local musicians and arts management professionals (Trish Brown, Jon Herbert and Natalie Hingston) who believed in providing an opportunity for all musicians to join a big band ensemble.
The ethos of the band was always to be inclusive rather than exclusive, following in the footsteps of its sister project, Bath Community Big Band, which has been running in Bath since 2009.

With nationally renowned trumpeter Jonny Bruce at the helm, BCBB has gone from strength to strength, with 30 regular members and a repertoire bursting at the seams.

Jonny Bruce – Conductor

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Jonny Bruce is a freelance trumpet player based in Bristol, UK. Working as both a soloist and a lead player in a variety of musical contexts, Jonny has received much critical acclaim over the past few years for his fiery trumpet work. Trained classically by Paul Mayes and Andy Everton, and receiving further tuition in jazz from Steve Waterman, his command over the instrument has made him a very versatile and therefore very busy musician. He emerged onto the UK jazz scene as a member of the Dave Stapleton Quintet (Edition Records). It was through recording and touring with this band that Jonny gained his early professional musical experiences. Now based in Bristol, Jonny has become one of the most in demand musicians in the South West. Aside from his current projects, he is regularly working as a guest soloist and session player, both live and in the studio.

Rosa Gray – Finance and Marketing Administrator

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Rosa Gray is a freelance professional musician and events manager. After graduating BathSpa University with a BA Honours Degree in Music, Rosa worked at St George’s Bristol for 2 years as House Manager, proceeding up to be the Office Administrator and volunteer Co ordinator. As a multi instrumentalist, Rosa is involved in a variety of musical projects including her own original Upbeat Jazzy-Pop-Soul band The Rosa Gray Band. Rosa has worked and managed many festivals including Concert Managing Bath International Guitar Festival, Artist Liaison Co-ordinator for The Bristol Jazz + Blues Festival 2015 and Festival Assistant for Love Supreme Festival 2014. For more info see www.RosaGray.co.uk.

Sophie Jones – Administrator and Event Manager

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Sophie Jones is a journalist, and currently works as an editor at a growing creative agency in Bristol. Aside from achieving an MA in English from Cambridge, and a PgDip in Magazine journalism from Cardiff, Sophie has many years of experience performing with and managing amateur arts groups and societies. From assisting European tours with her youth choir in Swansea over four years, to reviving a defunct Cambridge drama society, she knows all about cajoling hard-working people into giving their free time to the arts. A lifetime lover of jazz and blues, Sophie got a real taste for swing music while playing alto sax in a local big band in Berlin. She joined Bristol Community Big Band in September 2014 and has since taken over administration, with a view to bringing BCBB blaring into the Bristol jazz scene.

Advisory Board

Trish Brown – Pioneer and Advisor

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Trish Brown is a Bristol based arts management professional and also the lead vocalist for the group The Trish Brown Band. She works full time for St Georges Concert Hall as the Events Manager and has recently completed her Msc in Project Management. She was joint project manager for the music industry networking series ‘Bristol Music Mixer’ and recent event production contracts have included; Show Manager for ‘London Jazz Festival’, Production Manager for Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival, Front of House Manager for Bath Festivals, Stage Manager for Love Supreme Fest, Production Manager for Bath Guitar Festival, Duty Manager for Wiltshire Music Centre and Burdalls Yard, Bath, Venue Manager for Brecon Jazz Festival and Social Media Support Exec. for Edition Records. For more info go to www.trishbrown.com.

Zoe Tomison – Advisor and New Members Support

Previous Help and Support:

Board Members: Joshua Bishop, Ben Jose and Rose Mazillius

Treasurer: Natalie Hingston

Secretary: Jon Herbert

Guest Conductors

Have included Andy Hague, Nick Malcolm, Jon Hopes, Kevin Figes and Will Harris