Newpark Big Band

Course Information

There is a vast musical and social history of jazz music and it’s development, Newpark Academy of Music continues to contribute to this ever changing and exciting musical genre. We are delighted to offer music students from all backgrounds the opportunity to apply for our 2022 Summer Big Band Jazz Course.

Participants will establish a strong theoretical and stylistic foundation with regards to improvisation and performance within a large Jazz ensemble. There will be an emphasis on the development of the student’s individual expression and creativity. Led by the highly experienced Big Band Leader & Saxophonist Ciaran Wilde, the faculty will also include some of the leading exponents of Jazz music from Ireland; Pianist Scott Flanigan and Drummer Kevin Brady.

The final evening of the course will culminate with a 1 hour concert in Newpark performing the repertoire taught over the course of the week The final recital will also feature the critically acclaimed Tenor Saxophonist & Composer Meilana Gillard (U.S.) as a Guest soloist. The Newpark Big Band course is the only available course of its kind in Ireland, and will give you the tools to improve your performance ability in an ensemble and further your playing opportunities in the future.

Applying To The Big Band Summer Course

The Newpark Jazz Summer Course is open to juniors and seniors who have the appropriate background, and who are committed to studying the performance practices and rich cultural legacy of jazz & improvised music. Admission to the course will be by application. The number of students on the program will be limited due to the nature of instrumentation required for a large ensemble. Placement on the course is by audition. Due to the limited availability of places, this will be a highly competitive process. Preparation is integral to success.

Auditions & Entry Requirements

Email to register for auditions being held on May 7th.

Due to the limited spaces available for the Big Band, we ask that each student interested in participating attends an audition at Newpark Academy of Music, on Saturday May 7th between 3:30pm & 6:30pm, your audition time will be assigned to you in advance.

Please see specific audition & entry requirement information in the course brochure.

Course Brochure:

Newpark Jazz Big Band Summer Course Brochure


Dates: July 4th-10th, 2022

Participants will attend three weekday evenings 7-9pm & Saturday and Sunday.

Each course will run 2 hours each day for 5 days - participants join 3 evening rehearsals and full day Saturday and Sunday.

To facilitate the best learning experience for musicians selected for the Newpark Big Band, individual sections will rehearse on different nights.

The last day will feature a 1-hour concert featuring Guest Soloist, U.S. Saxophonist Meilana Gillard.

The Concert will take place on Sunday the 10th of July in IMMA, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Free Admission, Concert at 5pm.

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