Join Melbourne Youth Big Band and take your first step into the world of jazz. Work with some of Australia’s best jazz educator and perform in iconic venues across Melbourne.

 In Melbourne Youth Big Band, you’ll join like-minded aspiring jazz players, work with highly respected directors and guests, and delve into a variety of jazz genres and standards. This ensemble is a great first experience for young musicians to learn the workings of a big band in a supportive and fun environment.


Approximate standard: AMEB Grade 5+ or equivalent
Approximate age range: 12+
Rehearsals: Saturday 12.30-2.30pm
Instruments: Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Upright and Electric Bass

In Melbourne Youth Big Band, you will:

– Share and nurture your love of jazz with friends and peers;
– Gain performance experience in professional settings
– Work with some of Australia’s finest professional jazz artists

Conductors for 2024 include:

Program 1      Sonja Horbelt
Program 2      Roger Schmidli
Program 3      Jordan Murray