Richmond Jazz School Big Band

The Richmond Jazz School Big Band provides the opportunity for you, along with experienced jazz students to develop your ensemble playing and ability to improvise. The band will include full rhythm section, saxophones and brass.

Course Content

The band will play jazz big band standards from the repertoire and the tutor(s) will endeavour to tailor the parts to the abilities of different learners in different sections.

Players will have the chance to improvise (though not compulsory) and to develop their skills at improvising over changes with a large band. You will develop your ensemble playing and ability to approach this music in an idiomatic way.

The band will give some regular performances at RACC and possibly other venues too.

Entry Requirements

This course is not suitable for beginners. You should be able to read well and have some ability at improvising. If you have played in a jazz style ensemble before, this would be an advantage. We will be looking for drums, bass, guitar, piano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, trumpets and trombones.

First Class Requirements

Your instrument and a pencil.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is necessary to ensure the band progresses.

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment but we will all give each other constant peer to peer feedback.

Further Study Options

You can progress onto or explore other jazz and music classes at RACC.

Additional Information

If you require further course information or advice and guidance that is not answered in this outline please email

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees and finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.