The Strathclyde University Big Band is one of only a few long-standing University-based Big Bands in Britain. It has established a reputation for developing young talent and playing varied, interesting and challenging music.
Since its formation in 1978, dozens of musicians have passed through its ranks. The members of the band are mostly students, ex-students, staff or ex-staff of the university, augmented by a few enthusiastic friends.
The band’s extensive repertoire is jazz-orientated and includes, for example, arrangements of jazz standards by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Joe Zawinul, Thelonious and Herbie Hancock, and charts from the repertoires of Buddy Rich, Bob Mintzer, Maynard Ferguson, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Gil Evans and Shorty Rogers.
The 20-piece big band is directed by Gerry Rossi and features the incredible vocalist Unoma Okudo.