THE EMBER BIG BAND: THE STORY
the Ember Big Band first embarked on their musical voyage of discovery together as a cohesive Big Band in 2010. Under the guidance of the legendary trombonist and arranger, Bill Geldard, they have developed their sound and command of an extensive repertoire. With a full line up of community minded musicians and vocalists, they have performed across the borough of Elmbridge, and wider afield, raising money for some amazing charity projects. For more information or want to get involved, please get in touch.
NEWS & UPDATES
Get all the latest the Ember Big Band news including past events, music announcements, and other happenings in the life of a busy and community focussed Big Band.
LOOKING FOR TRUMPET PLAYERS !
With the natural rhythm of life, a number of our trumpet players have grown up or moved home and so we are looking to add new members to our Trumpet section.
If you are a developing or accomplished trumpet player, with a love for big band music, young or old we'd love to hear from you, particularly as we start to look forward to band life after lockdown.
LIVE (AND KICKING) AFTER LOCKDOWN !
So, with restrictions hopefully relaxing from June 21st, we're starting to contemplate who we get back on it. We're hoping we can get back to the Albion for Monday 5th July (fingers crossed) and are in liaison with our "local" pub with a garden to see if we can play at one of their fabulous BBQ lunches. And later in the year, we've already pencilled in our charity fund raiser on 27th November, with some really exciting special guests.
If you are organising an event this summer and outside and would like a big band sound we're really up for it .. so please do get in touch.
So, through this and the last lockdown, we've kept in touch and rehearsed together over ZOOM. We've also been joined by some amazing special guests including Louise Marshall, Simon May, Laurie Holloway, Alan Barnes and Bruce Adams. It's been really inspiring to get their thoughts and ideas, recollections and stories and also to stay connected as a band through this last year.
We've also, with some our more technical members, got the whole band live on the Internet playing in real time using the power of Jamulus software and the AWS cloud. It has added a whole new dimension to play together whilst being apart. Please do get in touch and we can share how we got it working for our band.
GIGS WE LOVE
We're not an events band ... so what sort of gigs do we love playing ... to be honest any, but here are a few that stand out for us...
Our charity concerts at the Hammond Theatre in aid of both the Shooting Star and the Princess Alice Hospice charities
The evenings at the Walton Beer Festival
Al-fresco at Marney's Village Inn
Our monthly Monday slot at the Albion
Our annual Christmas concert at Claygate Village Hall
the intimate Barn theatre in Molesey
just some of the tunes we love
Little Brown Jug
Sing Sing Sing
In The Mood
Beyond The Sea
Come Fly With Me
Flight of the Foo Bird
Sax To The Max
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
My Funny Valentine
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Cry Me A River
The Lady Is A Tramp
Mack The Knife
The Summer Wind
The Look of Love
Why Don't You Do Right
What Is This Thing Called Love
In The Midnight Hour
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
New York New York
Haven't Met You Yet
Blue Suede Shoes
Save The Last Dance For Me
Chili Pepper 101
Livin La Vida Loca
Mas Que Nada
Girl From Ipanema
If your favourite isn't here, we might still have it in our 200+ list of tunes we play
CONTACT / BOOK US
Want to learn more about the Ember Big Band, book us, or want to join us? Don’t hesitate to get in touch. We (NORMALLY) rehearse every Monday 8-10pm down in Cobham, at the United Reform Church. At the moment we are all practising hard apart, but together over ZOOM and jamming in real-time together over our on-line Jamulus platform, keeping it real over these difficult times.