Swing Unlimited - Education and Outreach

Education and Outreach

One of the aims of SUBB as a community band is to not only provide outreach to the community in terms of charity events for organisations like the Soroptimist International and local charities such as the Rotary Club, but to get into local schools, providing workshops and joint events that help young people to see that keeping music live is very important. One of the aims of SUBB is to get out into local schools about three times a year.

The Swing Unlimited Community Big Band was formed soon after the original SUBB, providing opportunities for amateur musicians of all ages (youngest currently is 12 years old, oldest is 80) to enjoy rehearsing, performing and enjoying participating in great big band jazz music. "SU2" rehearses regularly on Monday evenings at the St. Leonard's Hotel in Ringwood (185 Ringwood Road St. Leonards, Ringwood, Dorset BH24 2NP), and is open to all players of big band instruments, nominally at a grade 5 standard or above.

In 2010, the organisation started the "Swing Unlimited Jazz Club" based at Centre Stage in Westbourne, Bournemouth (Queen's Road, BH2 6BE). Running every Wednesday evening (doors open 7.30pm), SUJC was another key development for the group - its own venue to provide opportunities not only for its own bands & players to perform, but also to support live jazz in the community by booking other jazz artists from the local area, the South region as well as nationally and internationally recognised stars of the jazz world such as Liane Carroll, Tina May, Mark Nightingale, Edana Minghella, Nigel Price, Gary Smulyan, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash and Alec & Emily Dankworth.

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