Tuesday, 29 April 2014

What's in a Name?

The Brighton Big Band

The band playing on
Rottingdean Terraces

was formed on the 12 February 1986 by Dave Masters and Graham Scott under the name of The Dave Masters Big Band. The new name was taken on in 2014 with the advent of new band members and a new repertoire - so a new name was called for! We acknowledge the hard work which the founding member Dave Masters put into establishing the band and putting it on the local map, but since he moved to Australia over 20 years ago and now has another band under his name there - it was definitely time for a change!

John Lake now administers the band with the assistance of many others - Arthur Catt - who directs the band, Steve Field as the band librarian and Dave Eastman who looks after the equipment. We still have to two original members from when the band was first formed in 1986 in the band - Graham Mussard and Pete Francis - both in the trombone section! We are grateful to the support of Blind Veterans UK for the use of their ballroom for rehearsals.

The band played their first season of under the new name, band colours and several new pieces of music in 2014. We were fortunate to have the fabulous singer Jackie Sampson once again on vocals for gigs and after showcasing Dave (Sinatra) Williams at one of our gigs at the Pavilion Gardens are pleased to have him on board as a regular male voice with the band.
Dave (Sinatra) Williams
Jackie Sampson

In 2018 the band are going from strength to strength and are lined up with several gigs in the summer season. Check our gigs page for full details.